Kate Hudson is an American Actress best known for her role as Penny Lane in the 2000 comedy, Almost Famous. She is also known for her portrayal of Cassandra July on television in the comedy-drama, Glee. She is the daughter of the Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn, and Bill Hudson, a TV comedian. Kate herself is an Academy Award nominated actress, and has won a Golden Globe. Her other notable works include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Fool's Gold (2008), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), among others.
Hudson was born on April 19, 1979 in Los Angeles. Her parents divorced within eighteen months after her birth. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s longtime boyfriend, Kurt Russel. She sent her childhood hopping from one place to another, including Snowmass, Colorado, and Pacific Palisades. Her relationship with her biological father is nonexistent and she considers Russel, her father. She has an elder brother and four half-siblings. Hudson has a mix of Italian, Hungarian, Jewish, English and German ancestry.
In 1997, she got enrolled in New York University but it was then that she requested her parents to allow her to defer a year so that she can give acting her best shot. Within a year, she appeared in the little known independent movie, Desert Blue (1998). Later, she appeared in the comedy movie, 200 Cigarettes (1999), which received poor response despite the good casting that included Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd, Ricci, and Courtney Love. Even the year 2000 started grimly for her with the lesser known movie, Gossip.
Hudson did not wish to ride on her parents’ popularity and worked her way up from the very bottom in the movie industry.
Consequently, her success did come a bit late and slow but it was well deserved and strong. Hudson finally became a star with the Cameron Crowe's comedy-drama Almost Famous (2000). She played the role of the leader of a group of girls, who worshipped the altar of 1970s rock and roll. The role earned her a Golden Globe and a nomination for the prestigious Academy Award.
With the success of the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), she began to appear in a number of other movies in the same genre, including Alex & Emma (2003), Raising Helen (2004), My Best Friend's Girl (2008), and Fool's Gold (2008). Hudson’s other notable works include The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Nine (2009), and Something Borrowed (2011), among others.
As far as her personal life is concerned, Hudson was married to the frontman for The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson from 2000 to 2007. They had a son together in 2004, before they separated in 2006. Later, she began seeing Matthew Bellamy, the frontman for Muse, from 2010, and soon got engaged in 2011. She even bought a house in London, so that they could spend some time together whenever possible. However, the relationship ended in 2014. They also have a son together, who was born in 2011.
Hudson is very particular about her image and keeps her personal life and professional life as separate as possible. She also takes extreme care not to send the wrong messages to people, given her status as a celebrity. In 2006, for instance, she sued the National Enquirer for describing her as “painfully thin”, and reporting that she had an eating disorder. She called the reports “a blatant lie”, and being concerned about the implications such reports could have on impressionable minds of young girls. The newspaper compensated her for the report.