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Monday, 22 January, 2001, 10:24 GMT
Hudson makes a Famous start
Golden Globe winner  Kate Hudson
Golden Globe winner Hudson was almost unknown a year ago
Kate Hudson's best supporting actress Golden Globe for Almost Famous will, for many in Hollywood, be seen as confirmation of a star in the ascendant.

Hudson has been praised for her effortless charm and on-screen presence.

And as the daughter of Hollywood A-list celebrity Goldie Hawn, Hudson's success would seem to have been written in stone.

Kate Hudson as Penny Lane
Hudson is praised for her onscreen charm as Penny Lane
But less than a year ago, the 21-year-old Hudson was struggling to get herself known.

She had only two insubstantial roles in small movies Desert Blue and 200 Cigarettes under her belt.

Now, since critics first saw Crowe's movie early last year, Hudson has been tipped for Oscar success.

'Revelation'

In Crowe's 70s rock movie, Hudson plays the beguiling Penny Lane, one of a group of committed female followers - "band aids" - of the rock group Stillwater.

She is the lover and muse to the band's star Russell, played by Billy Crudup.

Almost Famous
Hudson pictured with newcomer Patrick Fugit who plays William
American film critic Roger Ebert's comments typify reaction to Hudson''s performance: "Hudson takes her character to another level."

And although Hudson was not director Crowe's first choice for the role, her enthusiasm won him over.

Crowe admitted: "Kate was a revelation. She possesses this great combination of sexiness, charm, great confidence and even greater vulnerability."

Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn: Hudson is flattered by the comparisons
Hudson is the second child of Goldie Hawn and comedian-singer Bill Hudson. Their relationship broke down within months of Kate's birth.

Golide Hawn met and married actor Kurt Russell in 1983 and from then on Kate and her brother Oliver knew him as dad.

As a child, she spent much of her time on movie sets.

Her first minor role was in her mother's 1986 movie Wildcats when she stood in for the seven-year-old playing Hawn's daughter.

After that, the little girl begged and pleaded to be allowed to become an actress like her mother.

Genes

Hudson went to Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences, after which she went to New York University's famous Tisch School of Drama.

Full of bravado on graduation, she went straight to Hollwood to try her luck, ending up with a brief appearance in teen drama series Party of Five.

Hudson with her husband Chris Robinson
Hudson with her husband Chris Robinson
But the actress remained unnoticed. Desert Blue was her first significant role in 1998.

It was 200 Cigarettes in 1999 that finally made some in Hollywood take notice.

That same year, Hudson was among People magaine's 50 Most Beautiful People.

This was followed by a role in independent movie About Adam, which was followed by teen thriller Gossip.

It was then that Hudson heard about Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe's exciting new project, Almost Famous.

"I just wanted to be in Cameron's movie as anything, even as an extra," Hudson said in a recent interview, adding: "I knew I could do it."

Hudson finally left Goldie Hawn's and Kurt Russell's home after marrying long-time boyfriend Chris Robinson, lead singer with the Black Crowes, earlier this year.

And her next movie projects should further help assert her as a talent in her own right. Audiences in the UK are yet to see her in Robert Altman's Dr T and the Women, alongside Richard Gere.

She is also set to appear in an adaptation of humorist Dave Barry's first novel Big Trouble and in the much talked about new version of Four Feathers.

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