Born: 19 April 1979
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as: Penny Lane in the movie Almost Famous
Kate Hudson's breakthrough movie was the 2000 rock 'n roll memoir Almost Famous; she played Penny Lane, the groupie with a heart of gold. (The character was inspired in part by real-life groupie Pamela Des Barres.) The film catapulted Hudson to instant stardom; she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe as best supporting actress. Hudson has a Hollywood pedigree: her mother is actress Goldie Hawn, and her father is singer and comedian Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers. Her other films include 200 Cigarettes (1999), Dr. T and the Women (2000), Raising Helen (2004, with Abigail Breslin), The Skeleton Key (2005) and You, Me and Dupree (2006, with Owen Wilson). She has twice starred in romantic comedies with Matthew McConaughey: How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and Fool's Gold (2008).
Extra credit: Hudson married Chris Robinson, singer for the rock group Black Crowes, on New Years' Eve of 2000. Their son, Ryder, was born in 2004. Hudson and Robinson separated in 2006 and were divorced in 2007.
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