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Kate Hudson is an actress and the daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a television comedian. She played Penny in the film Almost Famous.
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Kate Hudson was born on April 19, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. In 1998, she appeared in the independent film Desert Blue. She was also a featured player in the ensemble cast of 200 Cigarettes. By the end of 2000 she had charmed her way into the hearts of fans and critics with her performance in Almost Famous. Some of her other films include You, Me and Dupree, Fools Gold and Bride Wars.
Actress Kate Garry Hudson was born on April 19, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a 1970s television comedian, Kate Hudson was raised by her mother and Hawn's longtime companion, actor Kurt Russell, after her parents divorced when she was 18 months old. No stranger to the show business life, Hudson decided to embark on an acting career of her own, landing an agent and a guest spot on the TV drama Party of Five in 1996.
Upon her acceptance to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Hudson convinced Hawn and Russell to let her defer a year in order to concentrate on finding her first film role. In 1998, she appeared in the little-seen independent film Desert Blue, alongside fellow up-and-coming young actors Christina Ricci, Casey Affleck and Brendan Sexton III.
She was also a featured player in the ensemble cast of 200 Cigarettes (1999), a comedy that received poor reviews despite its talented cast, which included Ricci, Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd and Courtney Love.
Hudson began the year 2000 somewhat inauspiciously, with a supporting turn as a virginal college student in the unimpressive teen thriller Gossip. By year's end, however, she had charmed her way into the hearts of moviegoers and critics with her breakthrough performance as Penny Lane, the leader of a group of girls, or so-called "Band-Aids," who worship at the altar of 1970s rock & roll as imagined by writer-director Cameron Crowe in his autobiographical film Almost Famous. Originally cast in a smaller role, Hudson won a lead role after another young actress, Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter, Go) dropped out.
As Penny, the sometime lover of Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) -- lead guitarist in the rock band Stillwater -- and the object of affection for Crowe's own alter ego -- the budding rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) -- Hudson was in many ways the emotional center of the film. Her glowing performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Also in 2000, Hudson appeared in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's Dr. T and the Women, co-starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett and Liv Tyler. In 2001, she starred in Four Feathers, a wartime drama costarring Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Heath Ledger (The Patriot).
Other projects include Garry Marshall's Raising Helen, where she plays a successful single woman forced to take care of her sister's three young children after a car accident.
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Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson met while filming romantic comedy You, Me and Dupree. Their six-month affair reportedly ended Hudson's marriage to rocker Chris Robinson, and they split in May 2007. In August Wilson, who has battled with addiction and depression in the past, attempted suicide. The relationship was on-and-off throughout 2009.
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