Kate Hudson
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Full Name: Kate Garry Hudson

Date of Birth: April 19, 1979

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 6"

Best Known For: Almost Famous

Kate Hudson Biography

Kate Garry Hudson was born April 19, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, to Bill Hudson, a singer and member of the Hudson Brothers, and actress Goldie Hawn. Hudson's parents divorced when she was just eighteen months old, 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, and Hudson considers Kurt Russell her father. 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.

Her mother has Hungarian Jewish ancestry 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 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. 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 success, 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 were 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 box office success, grossing over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in the US alone). Her next film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend.

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.

On December 24, 2000, Hudson married Chris Robinson, a frontman for The Black Crowes. They have one son together, Ryder Russell Robinson, born January 7, 2004. The couple separated in late 2006 and their divorce was finalized in late 2007. After she and Robinson separated, Hudson was linked to Owen Wilson, her You, Me and Dupree co-star. Their relationship was brief and they broke up in May 2007. Hudson then shortly dated actor Dax Shephard.
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