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Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an
American film actress. She 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 and The Skeleton Key.
Born April 19, 1979 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s) Chris Robinson (2000 - 2006)
Notable roles Penny Lane in
Andie Anderson in
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Caroline Ellis in
The Skeleton Key
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
2001 Almost Famous
Hudson 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.
Hudson graduated from Crossroads, a performing
school in Santa Monica, in 1997. She was accepted to New York University, but
chose to pursue an acting career instead of attending.
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
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.
Hudson has long expressed an interest in producing
films, and is currently finalizing a deal to produce and star in the film A
Dream of Red Mansions, opposite Ken Watanabe, in which she will play Diana
Mellors, a real-life photojournalist who moved to China and became a Communist;
filming will begin in the fall of 2006. Two projects in which Hudson was
previously scheduled to star in, the comedy Can You Keep a Secret? and the drama
Sleight of Mind, are still in development.
Hudson is the image model for Kamiseta, a Filipino
line of young women's clothing and apparel. She was preceded by Natalie Portman.
In 2000, Hudson married Chris Robinson, the
frontman for The Black Crowes. She gave birth to their son, Ryder Russell
Robinson, on January 7, 2004. The couple lived in a house that was once owned by
director James Whale and traveled together during Hudson's film shoots or
Robinson's music tours. On August 14, 2006, Hudson's publicist announced that
Hudson and Robinson had separated.. On November 18, 2006, Robinson filed
divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences.  She is now rumoured to
be dating You, Me, and Dupree co-star Owen Wilson.
Hudson has noted that she is "not very
religious," although she still describes herself as Jewish. She has also
said that she does not enjoy watching herself on screen, specifying that she
"gets cold... shakes and... sweats" when watching her performances for the first
In July 2006, Hudson sued the British version of
the National Enquirer after they had stated that she has an eating disorder and
described her as "painfully thin." Hudson said that the tabloid's actions were
"completely inappropriate" and a "blatant lie," and specified her concern
relating the impressions about weight that she feels the tabloid could have on
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Desert Blue Skye Davidson
1999 200 Cigarettes Cindy
2000 Dr. T & the Women Dee Dee
Almost Famous Penny Lane Oscar nomination
Gossip Naomi Preston
2001 About Adam Lucy Owens limited release
2002 The Four Feathers Ethne
2003 Le Divorce Isabel Walker
Alex and Emma Emma Dinsmore
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Andie Anderson
2004 Raising Helen Helen Harris
2005 The Skeleton Key Caroline Ellis
2006 You, Me and Dupree Molly Peterson
2007 Fool's Gold Filming
Bride Wars Pre-production
^ "Kate", not "Katherine", is her
birth name, according to the State of California. California Birth Index,
1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health
Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
^ Irish Connections. Golden Child
An Interview with Actress Kate Hudson. Retrieved on June 24, 2006.
^ RootsWeb.com. Dowling Family
Tree. Retrieved on July 15, 2006.
^ MQ7.net. Only in Hollywood :
Kate Hudson and voodoo. Retrieved on June 21, 2006.
^ a b c d e Washington Post. Kate
Hudson finds success fun, but hard earned. Retrieved on July 12, 2006.
^ Venus.com. goldie's girl.
Retrieved on June 21, 2006.
^ a b c d MTV.com. Kate Hudson
Relates To Dupree — She Ignores Dirty Dishes, Walks Around Naked. Retrieved
on June 28, 2006.
^ Box Office Mojo. The Skeleton
Key. Retrieved on July 23, 2006.
'^ Box Office Mojo. Pirates'
Pilfer More Records. Retrieved on July 23, 2006.
^ MTV.com. Movie File: Rosario
Dawson, Lindsay Lohan, 'Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam' & More. Retrieved on
July 13, 2006.
^ AP. Kate Hudson, Chris Robinson
splitting up. Retrieved on August, 2006.
^ AP, via Yahoo News. Chris
Robinson to divorce Kate Hudson. Retrieved on November 18, 2006.
^ ContactMusic. HUDSON PREFERS
SON'S LONG HAIR. Retrieved on July 14, 2006.
^ Tribute.ca. Tribute's Bonnie
Laufer chats with the lovely Kate Hudson about her new romantic comedy, Alex
and Emma. Retrieved on July 14, 2006.
^ Contact Music. HUDSON SUED TO
SAVE IMPRESSIONABLE YOUNG GIRLS. Retrieved on July 25, 2006.
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