50 things you probably didn't know about Kate Hudson: Hippie at heart, best friends with Liv Tyler and considers Kurt Russell her father


Kate Hudson is the beautiful and talented actress and the daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a television comedian. She played Penny in the film Almost Famous.

  1. Kate was born on April 19, 1979 in Los Angeles California.

  2. Her full name is Kate Garry Hudson.

  3. She is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor, comedian, and musician.

  4. Hudson is of Italian (from her paternal grandmother), English, Hungarian Jewish, German, as well as very distant Dutch descent

  5. Kate's parents divorced eighteen months after her birth; she and her brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Snowmass, Colorado, and Pacific Palisades, California, by her mother and her mother's long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.

  6. She was raised Jewish.

  7. As a child, her brother used to tease her and call her "Hammerhead" (as in hammerhead shark).

  8. She doesn't have a close relationship with her biological father and has said he "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall", and that she considers Russell to be her father.

  9. She is very close with her mother. at age 15, Goldie Hawn asked her if she had sex. "When I said 'yes,' that I'd already lost my virginity to a boy I was just mad for, she was supportive."

  10. She graduated from Crossroads, a Santa Monica performing arts school, in 1997.

  11. After taking her first professional acting job in 1996, guest-starring on FOX's drama, Party of Five, Hudson appears in her first film, the little-seen drama Ricochet River, as a teenage outcast growing up in a small town.

  12. She was considered for the role of "Donna Pinciotti" in That '70s Show in 1998.

  13. Hudson's breakthrough was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

  14. That same year, she was named one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' by People Magazine.

  15. Auditioned for the role of Lady Jocelyn in A Knight's Tale (2001), but lost out to Shannyn Sossamon.

  16. Hudson married Chris Robinson, the frontman for The Black Crowes, on December 31, 2000 in Aspen, Colorado.

  17. A Ute Indian shaman weds the bohemian couple, and at the reception that follows, Robinson and Russell serenade Hudson with an Elvis duet. The newlyweds honeymoon in England.

  18. Hudson gave birth to their son, Ryder Russell Robinson, in January 2004.

  19. Hudson and Robinson come up with their son's first name after noticing that every time Robinson ended a concert with his song "Ride," the baby would bounce around in Hudson's womb.

  20. Her son Ryder's middle name, Russell, is an homage to her mother Goldie Hawn's longtime partner Kurt Russell, whom Kate always considered to be her father.

  21. Kate is a huge fan of Bette Davis.

  22. Kate turned down the part of Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man (2002) for the role of Ethne Eustace in The Four Feathers (2002).

  23. Kate Hudson once dated Sally Field's son, Eli Craig, whom she had known since she was 9 years old.

  24. Her sunny, charming persona was best captured in the hit comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days opposite Matthew McConaughey.

  25. She loves music and can play the guitar and piano.

  26. Not only is she an actress, but she started production company Cosmic Entertainment in 2003 with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and her brother.

  27. Her ex-sister-in-law of Rich Robinson.

  28. Kate has said she does not enjoy seeing herself on screen, specifying that she "gets cold... shakes and... sweats" when watching her performances for the first time.

  29. In July 2006, Hudson sued the English version of the National Enquirer after it reported she had an eating disorder, describing her as "painfully thin".

  30. In 2007, she divorced her husband citing "irreconcilable differences".

  31. She began dating Owen Wilson after meeting on the set of You, Me & Drupee.

  32. The break up took a told on Wilson and is reported to have attempted suicide causing him to be hospitalized for a few days.

  33. Kate Hudson got certified for scuba on the Great Barrier Reef for 2008's Fool's Gold (costarring Matthew McConaughey. "I carry my certificate around with me in my wallet," she told U.K.'sTotal Film magazine. "Matthew got certified in five seconds, but it took me a couple of weeks."

  34. She is not a fan of wearing a lot of makeup and prefers and more natural look whenever possible.

  35. She uses Cetaphil as her face wash.

  36. Her best friend is Liv Tyler.

  37. She practices Buddhism just like her mother.

  38. She knows how to speak French.

  39. Kate loves to buy clothes from vintage stores and likes to make her own jewelry. Her favorite fashion style is boho-chic.

  40. Singer Sarah Hudson is her cousin.

  41. Sticking with her love for musicians, she began dating Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy in 2010.

  42. The couple got engaged in 2011 and welcomed their son Bingham Hawn Bellamy, was born in July 2011.

  43. She has also dated athletes including Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez.

  44. Kate is good friends with Casey Affleck since they met on the set of 200 Cigarettes in 1999.

  45. She's a free-spirit. "I'm a hippie at heart. I wear the clothes, and they're the best. And the music is incredible, too."

  46. How she views accessories: "If I'm not feeling good, I load on lots of jewelry. It gives me energy and makes me feel kind of happy."

  47. On raising her boys: "I want my sons to respect women, and that starts with me. If a man respects his mom, you know she's done something right."

  48. Despite making many romantic films, it's not her favorite movie genre. I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, believe it or not... Well, I don't run out to see them.

  49. Kate has 3 dogs: Clara (a Pomeranian), Doctor (an English bulldog), and Bella (a Neapolitan mastiff).

  50. She shares a birthday with Ashley Judd.


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