How Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson became Hollywood's golden girl
Recently, when Kate Hudson was asked by Susanna Reid on TV what kind of mother she is, the American actress replied: ‘A guilty one.
‘I think you always have a little bit of guilt that you could be doing more. You feel: “Could I have done that differently? Could I have made a different choice? Was that the right time to discipline?”‘
It’s possible Kate feels that way because her biological father, comedian Bill Hudson, left when she was just 18 months old.
They’ve been estranged ever since, although her father insists he’s attempted to make contact. But Kate says: ‘He doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall.’
Luckily, when Kate Hudson was born on 19 April 1979 in LA, she had the right mother – Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn.
After her parents divorced in 1981, Goldie fell in love with actor Kurt Russell and the pair raised Kate with her elder brother Oliver, stepbrother Boston and half-brother Wyatt.
Kate accepted Kurt as her father figure at once.
‘It was a confusing time,’ she recalls. ‘I remember being four years old on the set of the film Swing Shift and I had a connection with Kurt. From then on, I don’t remember a time when he wasn’t there. Now he’s just Pa.’
As for her feelings towards her real father, Kate doesn’t hold back. ‘Kurt is my dad,’ she says. ‘The bottom line is, you call your kids on their f***ing birthday. I’m glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday.’
Kate was always a natural performer. ‘My parents told me: “You came out singing and dancing.” I would take any microphone. I was always talking to myself, dancing in mirrors,’ she says.
Like her mother, Kate took ballet lessons as a child. When she was 11, Goldie agreed to let her daughter try another style of dance.
Kate says: ‘I went to my first hip-hop class and that was it!’
Read on to see Kate’s full life story…