Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an American actress. She rose to prominence in 2000 for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008), and Bride Wars (2009). Hudson also co-founded Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab.Hudson’s breakthrough role 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.She had previously appeared in the lesser-known films Gossip, a teenage drama, and 200 Cigarettes, a New Year’s-set comedy with a large cast of actors. Regarding her early career and success, Hudson has noted that she is a “hard worker” and did not want to be associated with her well-known parents, wishing to avoid the perception that she “rode on somebody’s coattails”
Hudson signing autographs in July 2006
In 2002, Hudson starred in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, which was panned by critics and audiences. Her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, was a box office success, grossing over $100 million after its February 2003 release. Hudson subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies, including Alex and Emma and Raising Helen; the films met with varying degrees of success. Hudson later headlined a thriller called The Skeleton Key in 2005. The film, which had a production budget of $43 million, enjoyed box office success, grossing over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in North America) Her next film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend of July 14, 2006.
In 1996 Hudson dated actor Matt Le Blanc and later Eli Craig, son of actress Sally Field. Hudson married Chris Robinson, the frontman for The Black Crowes, on December 31, 2000, in Aspen, Colorado. The couple lived in a house that was once owned by director James Whale and traveled together during Hudson’s film shoots or Robinson’s music tours.On August 14, 2006, Hudson’s publicist announced that Hudson and Robinson had separated. On November 18, 2006, Robinson filed divorce papers, citing “irreconcilable differences”.The divorce was finalized on October 22, 2007.Robinson and Hudson have one child together, a son, Ryder, born in 2004.
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”. Hudson said the tabloid’s statements were “a blatant lie” and she was concerned about the impact the false report could have on impressionable young women.The newspaper apologized and compensated her.
Like her mother Goldie Hawn, Hudson practices Buddhism.