Kate Garry Hudson was born April 19, 1979, in Los Angeles,
California. The golden-locked dimpled beauty is the daughter
of Oscar winning and lovable actress Goldie Hawn, and singer
comedian Bill Hudson, of The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle
A couple of months after Kate's birth, Bill and Goldie divorced,
and the estranged father has been out of his two children's
(Kate and older brother Oliver) lives ever since. In 1983,
Goldie met actor Kurt Russell, who has lived with the family
for the past 18 years, and is considered by Kate to be her
Taking after her mother's passion, Kate wanted to act since
she was a young girl. But despite her strong desire for drama,
her parents originally wanted her to take another career path.
The progeny finally got her first taste in front of the camera
as a stand-in for the 7-year-old actress playing Goldie's
daughter in the 1986 film, Wildcats.
After her graduation from Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences,
Kate was accepted to NYU's Tisch School of Drama. But rather
than taking her skills to the classes and student theater
productions, she went straight for the real deal: Hollywood.
Proving that her family was not going to serve as her means
to fame, Kate got herself an agent, and began going through
the requisite auditions. She actually didn't get a part in
Escape From L.A., the Kurt Russell film she auditioned for,
but did land a role in the Fox hit series, Party of Five.
Unfortunately, after one episode, her character was not rewritten
into the script.
After another television gig in EZ Streets in 1997, Kate
moved up to the silver screen. The determined actress landed
a part in 1998's Desert Blue, and finally made people take
notice in the small film, 200 Cigarettes, as Cindy the virgin,
among actors Courtney Love, Ben Affleck and Janeane Garofalo.
Kate's repertoire included more independent, small films
such as Ricochet River and About Adam, but things began to
really take off for the young actress in 2000, whose face
seemed to be plastered everywhere.
Kate starred as chaste rich girl Naomi in the teen thriller
Gossip, and joined the ensemble cast of 2000's Dr. T and the
Women, along with fellow babes Liv Tyler, Tara Reid and Helen
But it was her role as Band-Aid Penny Lane, with which Kate
captured the hearts and attention of both critics and audiences
alike. Kate was determined to work with Jerry Maguire director
Cameron Crowe ever since she heard about his upcoming film.
Ready to work as an extra just for the chance to be in his
film (which was finally titled Almost Famous), she fell in
love with the script and especially the role of Penny Lane.
Penny Lane was originally offered to actress Sarah Polley,
therefore Kate was cast in the minor role of the lead actor's
stewardess sister. As fate would have it, Crowe awarded Kate
the role of the innocently sexy groupie, thanks to her determination
Penny Lane was indeed the role that made Kate Very Famous,
and the critical praise she earned include the Broadcast Film
Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Performance, the
Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion
Picture (Musical or Comedy), and the Golden Globe for Best
Kate has another Crowe to thank in her life: her husband
Chris Robinson, lead singer of the Black Crowes. The lovebirds
were married on New Year's Eve in Aspen.
One of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People,"
Hollywood's latest golden child will next be seen in the drama,