November 17, 1933,
Goldie was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Lachowicze, Poland. Her family ran a successful two-room shoe factory from the home. In September 1937, she and her family sailed to Cuba, where they remained safe during the war. Goldie received her visa for the U.S. in November 1947. On January 28, 1948, she and her family traveled to Miami, Florida, hoping for a better life. Her father could not get a job in Miami, so he and other family members left for New York. Goldie stayed with her uncle in Florida and finished middle school. Goldie then joined her family in New York and attended high school in Brooklyn. She worked for a trucking company while attending night school; she wanted to be an accountant.