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Who is she?
Kate Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an American Hollywood movie actress. She is the daughter of Goldie Hawn and came to fame in 2000, after an Oscar-nominated role in the drama Almost Famous, and has since established herself as a Hollywood lead actress, starring in several successful films, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Skeleton Key, and You, Me, and Dupree.
Kate was born in Los Angeles to Bill Hudson (a singer, comedian and member of the Hudson Brothers) and Goldie Hawn (a well-known film actress). Her maternal grandmother is of Hungarian Ashkenazi Jewish descent while her paternal grandmother was of Italian descent and her paternal grandfather's ancestry traces to 15th-century England. Hudson was raised in the Jewish religion, though her family also practiced Buddhism.
Hudson's parents divorced eighteen months after her birth, and she and her brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Colorado by her mother and her mother's long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell. Because Hudson's biological father was absent during most of her childhood, the two are estranged from each other. Hudson has stated that her biological father "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall", and that she considers her mother's partner, Kurt Russell, to be her father. Hudson has described her mother as "the woman that I've learned the most from, and who I look up to, who has conducted her life in a way that I can look up to". She has three half-siblings, Emily and Zachary Hudson, from her biological father's subsequent marriage to actress Cindy Williams, and Wyatt, from her mother's relationship with Kurt Russell. Her cousin is singer Sarah Hudson. (continued below)
Jogging Kate gets annoyed
Early Life (cont.)
Hudson's breakthrough role was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She had previously appeared in the lesser-known films Gossip, a teenage drama, and 200 Cigarettes, a New Year's-set comedy with a large cast of actors. Regarding her early career and succees, Hudson has noted that she is a "hard worker", and did not want to be associated with her well-known parents, wishing to avoid the perception that she "rode on somebody's coattails".
Hudson turned down the part of Mary Jane Watson in the 2002 film version of Spider-Man, and instead starred in remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, a film which was not well received by critics or audiences. Her next film, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a romantic comedy, became a big success at the box office, grossing over $100 million after its February 2003 release. Hudson subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies, including Alex and Emma and Raising Helen; the films met with varying degrees of success.
Hudson headlined a thriller called The Skeleton Key in 2005. The film, which had a production budget of $43 million, enjoyed moderate box office success, grossing over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in the US alone). Her latest film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend of 14 July 2006, within industry expectations.
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Looking like Mum again!
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Quote: "I have a big, flamboyant, open personality, which I think is why people may be saying these nice things about me." -Kate Hudson
It was her role as Band-Aid Penny Lane, with which Kate captured the hearts and attention of both critics and audiences alike. Kate was determined to work with Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe ever since she heard about his upcoming film. Ready to work as an extra just for the chance to be in his film (which was finally titled Almost Famous), she fell in love with the script and especially the role of Penny Lane.
Penny Lane was originally offered to actress Sarah Polley, therefore Kate was cast in the minor role of the lead actor's stewardess sister. As fate would have it, Crowe awarded Kate the role of the innocently sexy groupie, thanks to her determination and loyalty.
Penny Lane was indeed the role that made Kate Very Famous, and the critical praise she earned include the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Performance, the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
'Almost Famous' Poster
Marriage Split Up
Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson separated after six years of marriage. Publicist Brad Cafarelli confirmed that Hudson, 27, and Robinson, 39, had split. He offered no details.
The couple, who were married on New Year's Eve in 2000, have a 2-year-old son, Ryder.
A spokesman for Robinson said he had no comment on news of the separation, which was first reported by People magazine on its Web site.
Hudson, the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, became a star in her own right after playing the rock groupie Penny Lane in the 2000 film Almost Famous, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Robinson is lead singer for the Black Crowes, best known for such hits as Hard to Handle and She Talks to Angels.