Who Is Kate Hudson?

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, Fool's Gold and Bride Wars. In 2013, Hudson co-founded the fitness brand Fabletics.

Early Life

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 musician in The Hudson Brothers and a television actor. 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.


'Desert Blue,' '200 Cigarettes'

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 a talented cast that included Ricci, Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd and Courtney Love.

'Almost Famous'

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.

'Dr. T and the Women,' 'Four Feathers'

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 co-starring Wes Bentley and Heath Ledger.

'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,' 'Raising Helen'

Hudson went on to co-headlining roles in the 2003 romantic comedies How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, with Matthew McConaughey, and Alex & Emma, with Luke Wilson. The following year, she starred in Garry Marshall's Raising Helen as a successful single woman forced to take care of her sister's three young children after a car accident.

'You, Me and Dupree,' 'Fool's Gold,' 'Glee'

Along with appearing in films like You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool's Gold (2008), Bride Wars (2009), The Killer Inside Me (2010) and Something Borrowed (2011), Hudson surfaced on the small screen with a recurring role in Glee during the 2012-13 season. She then featured prominently in 2015's Rock the Kasbah, another film that tanked despite a cast that boasted the talents of Bill Murray and Zooey Deschanel.

'Mother's Day,' 'Deepwater Horizon,' 'Marshall'

After providing voice work for Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Hudson returned to patented romantic comedy fare later that year in Mother's Day, alongside Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, before joining her father figure Russell and Mark Wahlberg in the disaster flick Deepwater Horizon. In 2017, she appeared alongside Chadwick Boseman in Marshall, about one of the early cases of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Fabletics and Books

In 2013, Hudson teamed with business partners Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler to launch a fitness brand, Fabletics, through the online fashion retailer JustFab.

The actress became a New York Times best-selling author with the 2016 publication of her inspirational book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. She followed in 2017 with Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition.

Relationships, Children and Personal

Kate Hudson was married to Chris Robinson, lead singer of The Black Crowes, from December 2000 until they divorced in October 2007. The couple has one child, a boy named Ryder Russell Robinson, who was born in January 2004. She was then engaged to Muse band member Matthew Bellamy, but the couple called it quits in 2014. They have a son together, Bingham Hawn Bellamy, who was born in 2011.

In December 2016, Hudson went on a hike with musician Danny Fujikawa that turned into their first date. In April 2018, the actress announced that she was pregnant with child No. 3, her first girl, via a video posted to Instagram. The pair welcomed daughter Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa on October 2, 2018.

Like her mother, Hudson is a practicing Buddhist.


  • Name: Kate Hudson
  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Birth date: April 19, 1979
  • Birth State: California
  • Birth City: Los Angeles
  • Birth Country: United States
  • Gender: Female
  • Best Known For: Kate Hudson is an actress and the daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a musician and actor. She played Penny in the film 'Almost Famous' and is the co-founder of the fitness brand Fabletics.
  • Industries
    • Drama
    • Comedy
  • Astrological Sign: Aries

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  • Original Published Date: April 2, 2014