skip navigation
Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Also Known As: Kate Garry Hudson Died:
Born: April 19, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

hriller "The Skeleton Key" (2005). The gloomy, atmospheric supernatural entry effectively used Hudson's inherent sunniness to contrast to the plot's voodoo goings-on. Not surprisingly, the film did well with audiences. "You, Me, and Dupree" (2006), however, confirmed that Hudson was still best-loved by audiences for her romantic comedies; this one concerning a houseguest (Owen Wilson) who overstays his welcome in the home of a newly married couple (Hudson and Matt Dillon). While reliant on physical gags and the usual misunderstandings that are the center of the broad comedy universe, the film enjoyed over $100 million in box office receipts.Providing further publicity for the film, Hudson and Robinson announced their separation and tabloids romantically linked Hudson and co-star Wilson, known affectionately with the ladies' man moniker of "the Butterscotch Stallion." The two reportedly dated into the following year, with observers speculating that Wilson's outgoing spirit was a better match for Hudson than Robinson's darker temperament. But Wilson was apparently not without a dark side, and several months after their second break-up - during which time, she was photographed passionately kissing new...

hriller "The Skeleton Key" (2005). The gloomy, atmospheric supernatural entry effectively used Hudson's inherent sunniness to contrast to the plot's voodoo goings-on. Not surprisingly, the film did well with audiences. "You, Me, and Dupree" (2006), however, confirmed that Hudson was still best-loved by audiences for her romantic comedies; this one concerning a houseguest (Owen Wilson) who overstays his welcome in the home of a newly married couple (Hudson and Matt Dillon). While reliant on physical gags and the usual misunderstandings that are the center of the broad comedy universe, the film enjoyed over $100 million in box office receipts.

Providing further publicity for the film, Hudson and Robinson announced their separation and tabloids romantically linked Hudson and co-star Wilson, known affectionately with the ladies' man moniker of "the Butterscotch Stallion." The two reportedly dated into the following year, with observers speculating that Wilson's outgoing spirit was a better match for Hudson than Robinson's darker temperament. But Wilson was apparently not without a dark side, and several months after their second break-up - during which time, she was photographed passionately kissing new beau, Dax Shepard - was rushed to the hospital in August of 2007 after attempting suicide at his home in Santa Monica, CA. Entertainment blogs had a field day with speculation that Hudson's new romance was to blame for Wilson's breakdown, though neither side confirmed this theory.

The rumor mill had calmed down enough by the beginning of 2008, so as not to overshadow Hudson's sparkling, comedic re-teaming with McConaughey in "Fool's Gold," an adventure about a newly-divorced couple who bury the hatchet and team up to retrieve a sunken treasure. Hudson was next co-starred opposite stand-up comic-turned-actor Dane Cook in another crossed-wires romantic farce, "My Best Friend's Girl" (2008), and the budding entrepreneur also planned to launch a line of natural haircare products later in the year. Hudson next co-starred opposite stand-up comic-turned-actor Dane Cook in another crossed-wires romantic farce, "My Best Friend's Girl" (2008), but that film was a relative disappointment next to her third rom-com offering of the year, "Bride Wars" (2008), in which she and Anne Hathaway paired up to play best friends and competing bridezillas to considerable box office success.

Hudson took a break from predictable comedies and went on to join the high caliber ensemble of Rob Marshall's "Nine" (2009), a musical drama about an aging filmmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) and the complicated women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), his muse (Nicole Kidman), and a Vogue journalist (Hudson). Around the time of that film's release Hudson was in the public spotlight for her love life once again; this time seen around with notorious womanizer and rumored Madonna ex, Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. Often seen in the stadium stands throughout the fall, Hudson and Rodriguez made a striking couple and the paparazzi could not get enough of the couple, whether they be walking New York streets or sealing the Yankees' World Series Win with an on-field kiss. Even after the two separated, Hudson kept the gossip industry's tongues wagging when rumors started to fly - accompanied by photos - that the slim, athletically-built actress had gotten a slight breast augmentation. Hudson downplayed the surgery, although her next role was not only her most controversial, but also required nudity. As the girlfriend of sheriff/secret murderer Casey Affleck in "The Killer Inside Me" (2010), Hudson had to shoot several explicit scenes of nudity and of graphic violence in the darkest role she had ever tackled. In fact, the film's depiction of violence against women (Affleck beats both Jessica Alba and Hudson to death on screen) drew fierce criticism and impacted every single review that followed.

Hudson returned to more familiar fare with the romantic fantasy "A Liitle Bit of Heaven" (2011) and the comedy-drama "Something Borrowed" (2011). After co-starring in Mira Nair's drama "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2012), Hudson took on a story arc in the musical comedy-drama "Glee" (Fox 2009- ), followed by a co-starring role in Larry David's TV movie "Clear History" (HBO 2013). Her return to the big screen came in Zach Braff's comedy-drama "Wish I Was Here" (2014), followed by a starring role in the crime thriller "Good People" (2014).

security just beneath the surface.

The 20-year-old was floored to receive an Oscar nomination, feeling that she had officially joined the ranks of her show business family. Later that year, art imitated life when Hudson met Chris Robinson, singer for the blues/rock group, The Black Crowes, and the two began a whirlwind romance. Hudson moved into Robinson's New York apartment soon after, and the pair were married on New Year's Eve of 2000. Upon her mother's advice, she took a year off to enjoy her new marriage. The following year, she and Hawn, Russell, and brother Oliver teamed up to form their own production company, Cosmic Entertainment.

Now a proven leading actress, Hudson wanted to choose her next film carefully. She was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in "Spiderman" (2002) but did not feel ready for a sure-fire blockbuster actioner, opting instead for a remake of the Victorian classic "The Four Feathers." In the film, she starred as the fiancée of a conflicted British soldier played by Heath Ledger. The film did moderately well at the box office but failed to excite critics. In 2003, Hudson co-starred in the first of a string of very successful romantic comedies, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003). The film centered on an advice columnist (Hudson) and ad exec (Matthew McConaughey) who meet amidst differing romantic quests and experience every rom-com manner of miscommunications. The pair's playful chemistry won over audiences (though not critics) to the tune of over $100 million in box office haul. Later the same year, Hudson was paired with Luke Wilson in the Rob Reiner romantic comedy "Alex and Emma." Playing an opinionated stenographer helping a blocked writer finish his book, Hudson further explored her comedic side by playing a trio of fictional characters in the planned novel - each inspired by Wilson's growing attraction to her character. Again, Hudson provided much needed spark to an otherwise listless exercise.

Shifting gears, Hudson took a co-starring role in the sophisticated Merchant-Ivory production of "Le Divorce" (2003), an adaptation of Diane Johnson's bestselling novel. Returning to more naturalistic acting, Hudson excelled in her portrayal of a naive American girl who visits her depressed, divorcing sister (Naomi Watts) in Paris and becomes swept up in an affair with a charming, if caddish, older married man. Hudson's three 2003 films affirmed her star power at first, though interest began to wane slightly as they were released only months apart and threatened to overexpose the new audience favorite.

Hudson began 2004 with news of the birth of her and Robinson's son, Ryder. Adding to her busy schedule, that spring she appeared in director Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen" (2004), where she ironically appeared as a self-involved career woman who finds herself unprepared to become the adoptive mom of her late sister's children. Though familiar and formulaic, the film allowed Hudson to show off some her most endearing on-screen attributes, as her character unfolded into a more grounded, loving person. Kate spent the remainder of the year keeping her own family together, bringing Ryder on the road with his dad's rock band, before returning home for the launch of Cosmic Entertainment's feature debut, "Two for the Money" starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

Hudson returned to the limelight herself the following year in the t

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
2.
3.
 Mother's Day (2016)
4.
 Rock the Kasbah (2015)
5.
 Me and My Shadow (2014)
6.
 Born to Be King (2014)
7.
 Wish I Was Here (2014)
8.
 Clear History (2013)
10.
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Accepted to New York University, but chose to pursue an acting career instead of attending
1996:
Landed first acting role on an episode of the Fox series "Party of Five"
1997:
Modeled for a Tommy Jeans ad campaign
1999:
Featured as part of an ensemble cast in the 1980s period comedy "200 Cigarettes"
2000:
Appeared in the psychological thriller "Gossip"
2000:
Breakthrough role as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"; earned a Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination
2000:
Played Richard Gere's spoiled daughter in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"
2002:
Played the female lead opposite Heath Ledger in the remake of "Four Feathers"
2003:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2003:
Played five different characters in the romantic comedy "Alex and Emma"
2004:
Co-starred with John Corbett as a woman raising her sister's three children in Gary Marshall's "Raising Helen"
2005:
Headlined the thriller "The Skeleton Key," co-starring Gena Rowlands and John Hurt
2006:
Co-starred with Matt Dillon as newlyweds in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"
2007:
Directed first short film "Cutlass," one of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments"; co-starred Kurt Russell, Virginia Madsen and Dakota Fanning
2008:
Re-teamed with Matthew McConaughey for "Fool's Gold"
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 People¿s Choice Award for Favorite Leading Lady
2009:
Co-starred with Anne Hathaway in the comedy "Bride Wars"
2010:
Played an American fashion journalist in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Nine"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Jessica Alba in Michael Winterbottom's controversial noirish drama "The Killer Inside Me"
2011:
Co-starred with Ginnifer Goodwin in the comedy feature "Something Borrowed"
2012:
Co-starred in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"
2012:
Played the recurring role of Cassandra July on Fox's musical comedy "Glee"
2014:
Appeared in "Good People"
2015:
Starred alongside Bill Murray in "Rock the Kasbah"
2016:
Voiced the role of Mei Mei in "Kung Fu Panda 3"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Crossroads: Santa Monica , California - 1997

Notes

"Kate's got the talent, but more importantly, her head's not going to get big because I think she's been brought up to view this business in a very positive way, in a way to make healthy choices, and to remain level-headed. I think she's on a road that will lead to a Jodie Foster kind of career." --Morgan J Freeman, director of "Desert Blue", quoted in DETOUR, December 1998/January 1999

"I have a big, flamboyant, open personality, which I think is why people may be saying these nice things about me. But these high expectations sometimes make me feel like I'm under a microscope--especially with my mother being who she is." --Kate Hudson quoted in MOVIELINE, February 1999

"Not really knowing my real father translates into my own relationships with men. If we hadn't eventually had the blessing of Kurt in our lives, God knows what would have happened. I don't hate my father, I just don't know why he never saw us. I still hope for the little acknowledgment of that one phone call, even if it's just 'Hey, how's it going?'" --Hudson in MOVIELINE, February 1999

"It wasn't like, 'You must act, Kate,'" she says. "No matter what any of us did, she - and our father - were completely supportive and wanted us to do what we wanted to do, as long as we were dedicated to it, and we had a strong work ethic. That's really important to our family."---Hudson to Diane Sawyer on GMA September 15, 2000

"We actually met two years before we started dating when a friend introduced us. It was a Halloween party, and Chris wanted me to take my wig off, and I said no way, because I had one of those nylon stockings over my head. So later, our friend asked him about me, and he said, 'She's kind of an a--hole.' And then this friend asked me the same thing, and I said, 'He's kind of an a--hole.' Little did we know we were going to be in love two years later. Love them a--holes!"---Hudson on first meeting husband Chris Robinson EW February 6, 2003

"I don't want to feel pressure of having to make big hit movies one after the other or anything like that. My goal is to have a nice long career and be around for a while and I think I can do that." - Hudson, Access Hollywood, June 6, 2003

"One night when we were riding in a limo to an awards show in L.A., my brother was mad at me because my boob kept falling out of my dress when ever I leaned over. My mom said, 'Shut up, Oliver, It's beautiful.'"---Kate Hudson Biography Spring 2004

"There's nothing to be ashamed of when you blow up. I gained 60 lbs.,...it was great!" she says of carrying Ryder, her son with husband Chris Robinson. "I kind of figured, 'Why do I need to watch my weight when I'm pregnant?' I'm gonna eat whatever the hell I want to eat!"---Hudson on her weight gain during her pregnancy People May 17, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Eli Craig. Actor. Son of actress Sally Field; dated for 18 months; no longer together.
companion:
Lenny Kravitz. Musician. Reportedly dated.
husband:
Chris Robinson. Musician. Lead singer of Black Crowes; dating as of late spring 2000; reportedly gave Hudson a diamond ring in summer 2000; married on December 31, 2000 in Colorado.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Edward Rutledge Hawn. Musician.
grandmother:
Laura Hawn. Appeared in small roles in Goldie Hawn's films "Swing Shift" (1984) and "Deceived" (1991).
father:
William Louis Hudson. Actor, comedian, musician. Eldest of the musical comedy trio The Hudson Brothers; married Hawn in 1976; divorced in 1980; married actor Cindy Williams in 1982; rarely had contact with his daughter.
mother:
Goldie Hawn. Actor. Born November 21, 1945.
step-father:
Kurt Russell. Actor. With Hawn since 1982; father of Boston and Wyatt Russell; Hudson considers he and Hawn her parents.
brother:
Oliver Hudson. Actor. Born on September 7, 1976.
step-brother:
Boston Russell. Born c. 1980; son of Kurt Russell and Season Hubley; raised by Hawn and Russell along with Hudson.
half-brother:
Wyatt Russell. Actor. Born on July 10, 1986; son of Hawn and Kurt Russell.
half-sister:
Emily Hudson. Daughter of Bill Hudson and Cindy Williams.
half-brother:
Zachary Hudson. Son of Bill Hudson and Cindy Williams.
son:
Ryder Russell Robinson. Born January 7, 2004; father is former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute