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"Only in failure do you reach success. You can only get to the good stuff when you've done the hard stuff."

Career highlights

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1996

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Lands First Gig in Hollywood

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2001

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Wins a Golden Globe

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2003

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Included in Premiere's Annual Power 100 List
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Kate Hudson

Career highlights

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1996

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Lands First Gig in Hollywood
Hudson books a guest spot on the popular TV drama, Party of Five. A year later, she was accepted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but convinced her parents to let her concentrate on acting instead.

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2001

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Wins a Golden Globe
By the year 2000, Hudson had charmed her way into the hearts of fans everywhere as Penny Lane in Almost Famous, a role that won her both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination.

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2003

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Included in Premiere's Annual Power 100 List
Ranked at #99, it was Hudson's first appearance on the list and at just 24, she was the youngest person to be included. Makes sense, given that fact her salary went from $7,000 in 2001 to $4.5 million per movie by 2003.

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2009

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Wins a People's Choice Award
With a winning combination of an incredible smile, crazy charisma, and good old-fashioned talent, Hudson takes home a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Leading Lady."

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2010

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Becomes the Face of Almay
Hudson is handpicked as the new spokeswoman for makeup giant Almay in a multi-year contract.

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2013

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Graces the Cover of Shape
In a jaw-droppingly gorgeous photo shoot, Hudson shows off her amazing abs on the November issue of Shape and dishes on her diet secrets.

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

Trivia

Favorite Television Series
Downton Abbey
Guilty Pleasure
So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Minis
Must-Read Book
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
Best Beauty Secret
Almay Smart Shade CC Cream