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Less dishy Hawn tome hits No. 3

Score one for Jane in the ’60s pop icon tome tussle.

Jane Fonda and Goldie Hawn have taken decidedly different tacks in their memoirs, with markedly different results.

Fonda blazed to the top of the New York Times best seller list for three weeks on a huge swirl of publicity for her unflinching book, while Hawn posted a No. 3 ranking her debut week for her decidedly less dishy “spiritual journey” after kicking off her campaign with a softball May 1 appearance on “60 Minutes.”

Fonda apologized over and over for her trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War during her interviews — and got spit in the eye during a Kansas City book signing for her trouble. Hawn explained to a slightly disbelieving Mike Wallace how, as a practicing Buddhist, she considers herself a “Jew-Bu.”

Fonda, also in the spotlight via “Monster-in-Law,” her first screen appearance in 15 years, missed out on a Time mag cover due to the Pope’s death; Goldie has a cover for Good Housekeeping and an excerpt in People.

Fonda’s “My Life So Far” is in its second printing for Random House, with more than 400,000 copies in print, while Putnam says it has 322,000 copies of the former “Laugh-In” star’s “A Lotus Grows in the Mud” in print.

The two have crossed paths on the publicity trails once: A Putnam rep says Fonda walked down the hall at ABC where Hawn was conducting a radio interview. The two waved, then went on with their PR duties.

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