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The Kate Hudson Bio

The Kate Hudson Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

Almost Famous

Her Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as "band-aid" Penny Lane helped make this "coming-of-age" story one of the all-time best rock films. Lucky for director Cameron Crowe that he gave in to her relentless pursuit of the role.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
200 Cigarettes
Desert Blue
(with John Heard)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (magazine columnist, opposite Matthew McConaughey)
Alex and Emma (helping Luke Wilson write a novel)
Le Divorce (with Naomi Watts)
Raising Helen (a career woman suddenly saddled with kids)
You, Me and Dupree (opposite Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon)
Fool's Gold (opposite McConaughey again)
About Adam
The Four Feathers (opposite Heath Ledger)
The Real Kate Hudson:
Almost Famous

Kate has a strange habit of acting out many of her roles. After her most "Famous" role, she took up as the real life band-aid – and eventually wife – to Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. Her "Raising Helen" role paralleled her first child. And, in a bizarre mega-publicity move, her troubles with Owen Wilson sent him into a suicidal funk, not unlike what her character did to Matt Dillon in "You, Me & Dupree."
Acting Style:
A smoother, more mature Goldie Hawn. As much as we love Mom, she could never be believed in some of the quieter dramatic roles that Kate excels in. The same vivaciousness as Goldie, but a much sexier come-hither quality mixed with a more believable vulnerability makes Kate a more defined presence in the romantic comedies as well as in the serious roles.
Bits and Quirks:
Squinting up little eyes and joining them with a funky almost smile, then a quick toggle of the head, often while leaning forward. A lot of touching of her hair. A laugh as perfect as her mom's. Channeling many of Goldie's trademark charms (but not the biting of the lip; that must be off limits).
Great Scenes:
Four Feathers

> Argument in the church over the feathers and Heath's decision not to go to war
> Later on, also in the church, when Heath gives the feather back to Kate

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

> Calling Matthew's member "Princess Sophia"
> Interrupting the poker game
> The "You're So Vain" singing and break-up
> Her general cruelties, such as making him miss the Lakers game

Almost Famous

> The attempted suicide
> The flight attendant monologue
> Meeting Patrick Fugit for the first time at the concert
> On the bus

You, Me & Dupree

> Walking in on Owen Wilson "wailing on himself"
> Love-making interrupted by Wilson going to the bathroom
> Burning down the house

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