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Kate Hudson lit up the big screen in a big way with her breakthrough role as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, a film that won her a Golden Globe and solidified her A-list status in Hollywood. The year was 2000, and since then, the uber-charismatic blonde has starred in a slew of hit movies, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Raising Helen, The Skeleton Key, You, Me and Dupree, Fool’s Gold, Bride Wars, and Something Borrowed.
Hudson’s success perhaps comes as no surprise given her natural talent and famous genes; she’s the daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a 1970s television comedian. Though her parents divorced when she was just 18 months old, Hudson was raised by her mother and her longtime boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell, whom she considers her biological father. Surely no stranger to life in show biz, she decided to embark on an acting career of her own, landing both an agent and a guest spot on Party of Five in 1996.
Behind the scenes, Hudson has two kids, son Ryder (with ex-husband, Chris Robinson) born in 2004, and son Bingham (with fiancé Matthew Bellamy) born in 2011. When it comes to balancing mommy-hood with movies—and staying in such amazing leading lady shape at the same time—Hudson counts 15 years of Pilates as her secret weapon, saying, “I work out to feel great but also to look great. There’s no way a woman gets up to work out at 6:30 a.m. just for the mood boost. She wants to fit into her jeans and look fantastic too.” —Kristen Aldridge
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