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Kate Hudson might have made a film called Almost Famous but there's no doubt she has well and truly entered the Hollywood big league. An Academy Award nominee at 21 and one of Tinseltown's most popular leading ladies, she shares the golden locks, charming smile and bubbly personality of her mum Goldie Hawn. Kate admits that sometimes she has to pinch herself. "I'm so blessed," she says. "I must have done something really great in a past life."

Kate Garry Hudson, the daughter of the Oscar-winning actress and her now ex-husband, comedian-musician Bill Hudson, was born on April 19, 1979, in Los Angeles and raised from the age of three by Goldie and the veteran entertainer's longtime partner, Hollywood star Kurt Russell. "He is my dad," she says of the actor, whom she lovingly calls "Pa". "He was always there, for the soccer games, the recitals always." Kate is the only daughter of four children in the household, growing up with brother Oliver, two years her senior, Boston, Kurt's son from a previous relationship, and Wyatt, Goldie Hawn's son with Kurt.

A small role in a 1996 episode of the US TV family drama Party Of Five was followed by a Tommy Jeans ad campaign in 1997, the same year she graduated from Crossroads, a Santa Monica performing arts school. Despite the fact that her Tinseltown parents discouraged her from embarking on a showbiz career, she postponed enrolling in a New York university in order to pursue acting.

Success came quickly for the luminescent young actress, who, after scoring a part in the ensemble cast of 200 Cigarettes, hit her stride with four movie releases in 1999. Of the quartet of films, it was Almost Famous which propelled the 21-year-old onto the A-list, garnering her a Golden Globe for best supporting actress, as well as an Academy Award nomination.

Though Goldie says she shares just a few characteristics with her daughter, including "a heart-shaped face and a good high spirit", comparisons between the two were inevitable after the 20-something's star began to rise. While she's quick to point out that she is very much her own person, Kate is doubly quick to praise the woman who brought her into the world. "I love her more than anything," she says. "So if there's anybody I have to look like, I'd want it to be her."

In 2003, Kate announced her own venture into motherhood, revealing she and husband Chris Robinson, were expecting their first child together. The actress and the Black Crowes front man met at a New York City party in May 2000 and despite not looking for love at the time, Kate couldn't help but fall for the rocker. "I was okay being alone," said Kate. "I wasn't somebody who always needed to be in a relationship, I was out with my girlfriends in New York having a great time and boom! There he was. We just kind of met and that was it. Every rule went out the window. We were telling each other we loved each other by the fourth day. I moved in in a week".

The couple wed on New Year's Eve 2000 at Goldie and Kurt's Colorado home in a romantic white-winter themed ceremony. Four years later they welcomed a new member of the family, a son called Ryder Russell Robinson, in January, 2004. Famously easy-going and a self-confessed homebody who loves to relax by cooking and knitting, Kate has said she found motherhood "the reason to live."

Once asked by an interviewer if love was enough, the actress replied: "Marriage, relationships, no matter if you're married or not, are never, ever easy."

In August 2006 Kate's spokesperson announced the couple, who had been together for six years, had made the decision to separate. Kate threw herself into work, escaping LA to film Fool's Gold in Australia with her How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days co-star Matthew McConaughey, and hanging out with Owen Wilson. Although Kate has played down rumours of romance with her You, Me And Dupree housemate, the pair have been spotted out and about enjoying each other's company since the end of her marriage.
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