As the daughter of Hollywood prominent actress named Goldie Hawn, Kate Garry Hudson has proven that she does not only inherit her mother's stunning look, but also extraordinary talent in acting that Goldie has displayed throughout her career in American film industry. Refused to capitalize on the notability of her mother, she built her own path with persistence in her struggle to embrace worldwide recognition. Fantastically, this striking blonde was able to compile a collection of film awards and also a list of nominations from various reputable award events in a relatively short time. Looking on her accomplishment, it is certain that she really possesses the potentiality to reach what her mother has achieved.
Born on April 19, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, Kate is Goldie's second child with William Louis Hudson, who was one of the members of an American music group named Hudson Brothers. After the couple decided to have divorce in 1980, she, along with her older brother, Oliver, was raised by Goldie while Bill remained as a nearly total stranger to his two children. "He wasn't really in our lives very much," she remarked. "I didn't know him really well. He was sort of in and out of our lives." Instead, she found the fatherly figure in Goldie's longtime beau, Kurt Russell, when the actor moved to settle with the family in 1983.
Even though Kate grew up in the familiarity of show business, she was never encouraged to follow her parents' trail since they would rather see her establishing any decent career other than acting. Nevertheless, the desire to enter the entertainment field was too strong to resist so that she decided to accomplish this goal by her own. Finding a suitable agent, she started to join some auditions, including that for "Escape from L.A" (1996). However, she later gave up her role in this action flick when she found out that Russell was included in the cast. "I didn't want to be professionally associated with my dad," she explained. "I just wanted to see if I could do the audition."
Through another audition, Kate made her way to earn her first screen performance in Fox's TV series "Party of Five" (1994-2000). Although she only appeared in one episode entitled "Spring Breaks: Part 1" aired on March 27, 1996, this initial experience strengthened her determination develop a professional acting career in Hollywood. Already accepted at NYU's Tisch School of Drama after her graduation from Santa Monica's Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in 1997, she finally concluded to put off her study despite her parents' objection. Focusing her attention to pursue her dream, she landed a role in another TV series, "EZ Streets" (1996-1997), before making her film debut through an independent feature, "Ricochet River" (1998).
She began to draw public attention in 1999 when critics lauded her brilliant portrayal of Cindy in "200 Cigarettes." From this time, her career experienced a significant advancement as she managed to obtain a supporting role in "Gossip" and "Dr T and the Women" which both came up in 2000. However, it was not until Kate joined the cast of Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" (2000) that her star started to shine radiantly. Originally got a smaller part, she wonderfully convinced the renowned director to give her the role of Penny Lane, replacing Sarah Polley who had previously turned down the role to pursue another project.
Not only commercially successful, "Almost Famous" was also critically acclaimed and showered with numerous prestigious awards. This marvelous result undoubtedly boosted its cast, particularly Kate, leading her to be honored Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards held in 2001. Still in the same year, she gained a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination at Academy Awards and was a Screen Actors Guild Awards' nominee in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Her status grew larger as her next project, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," amazingly garnered more than 100 million U.S. dollar to be one of the box-office movies of the year 2003.
In June 2003, Kate, along with her husband, Chris Robinson, happily announced that she was expecting their first child. Married to The Black Crowes' lead vocalist since New Year's Eve of 2000, she safely delivered their first son, Ryder Russell Robinson, on January 7, 2004. By this time, she had solidly maintained her career through some romantic comedy flicks, such as "Alex and Emma" (2003), "Le Divorce" (2003), and "Raising Helen" (2004). To everyone's surprise, she marked her return to the big screen in 2005 through a very different film genre which was a mystery drama feature entitled "The Skeleton Key" alongside Gena Rowlands and Peter Sarsgaard before getting back to her field of expertise in "You, Me and Dupree" (2006) opposite Owen Wilson.
It was during the filming of the latter flick that Kate's marriage to hubby Chris underwent a rocky path, placed their nearly six years relationship on rock, presumably due to the heavy rumors of her being romantically involved with Owen. And much to everyone's shock, the actress' publicist, Brad Cafarelli, gloomily told The Associated Press on August 14th that "Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson have confirmed that they are separated" while claimed he had "no information" to the related report. Ending their months of separation, Chris finally filed for divorce on November 17th in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. According to the court documents, he was seeking joint custody of their child, Ryder, and was not seeking spousal support. After a brief on and off relationship with Owen, Kate turned her love to Dax Shepard, whom she shortly dated from August to September 2007. On October 25th, she had her divorce to estranged husband Chris finalized.
Felt it was hard for her to get through the difficult situation, Kate found herself drowning in more film projects for the rest of the first decade of the 2000s. Already cast in "Sleight of Mind" and "Bride Wars" for 2007 releases, she easily continued to secure leading roles in "Fool's Gold" (2008), "Bachelor No. 2" (2009), plus "A Dream of Red Mansions" (2009), a romantic drama directed by two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Beresford.