Bill Hudson of 'Hudson Brothers' Famous Children and Wives
With five biological children and two famous wives, the eldest of the Hudson Brothers' musical trio, Bill Hudson has a complicated and tumultuous personal journey. But that's not all that can be said about this fantastic musician and actor. His life has been a real roller coaster crammed with fascinating twists that are worth taking a look at. Join us on a ride through Bill Hudson story!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Bill and Goldie first met each other in 1975, on a first-class cabin flight from New York to LA. The musician was already successful during this time, with his group 'The Hudson Brothers' (basically, the 'One Direction' of today). Bill even had his own TV show and performed alongside 'The Osmonds,' 'The Beach Boys,' and 'The Monkees.' Goldie was also becoming well-known for her role in “Laugh-In,” and received an Oscar for her performance in the 1969 film “Cactus.”
The pair wed in 1976 when Goldie was already pregnant with Oliver. Bill talked about the first time they met each other: "The attraction was instant. I invited her out to dinner that night and that was it. The sex was mind-blowing. Even when everything else in the relationship turned sour, the sex was always amazing."
Bill recalled perfectly the day they finally tied the knot as he was consumed with love.
"I didn’t think life could get any better. I had just married the woman I loved and I felt like the luckiest guy on Earth."
THE FIRST BUMP IN THE ROAD
As soon as their firstborn son arrived, Oliver, their baby was frighteningly suffering from meconium aspiration - a life-threatening condition where a newborn accidentally inhales contaminated amniotic fluid. The baby spent three days in isolation with his father always beside him, whereas Goldie was really sick.
Thus, Bill had to go from her bedside to the neonatal intensive care unit. Sadly, the doctors believed that Oliver would make it. Bill opened up about the terrifying situation explaining:
"I was only 26 and in a state of shock. Goldie and I were sobbing but Oliver pulled through and from that moment he was our precious miracle. He was my first-born. I adored that child. When Kate came along, I loved her with all my heart, too. There was this deep love among the four of us for years. And that’s what makes it so difficult to say goodbye."
BILL & GOLDIE'S COMPLICATED MARRIAGE
Career prospects also looked promising for Bill. He had a prime-time musical comedy program called “The Huson Brothers Show,” and many popular records when he married Goldie. The couple then had two children, Kate and Oliver, but things changed in 1980. What seemed to be the dream wedding with a gorgeous and famous bride, Hollywood's ditzy blondie, had quickly turned into any man's nightmare. About that stint, Bill said:
“Goldie was on the comeback road and didn’t want to fail. Her priorities shifted when she started filming Foul Play, and our kids were sort of left as No. 2 priority. I couldn’t believe I was seeing that.”
Besides, their marriage had already been under strain because they didn’t share the same view about relationships. Bill being a one-woman-type man, didn’t combine well with Goldie’s “free-spirited” outlook. The musician wanted a family, an ordinary life.
However, it seemed that Goldie wanted something different. Perhaps, that's what her dad told Bill that she needed a different man for each of her moods. But even then, the confession that she made on their wedding night was utterly unexpected. Regarding this, Bill told DailyMail: “Goldie was having affairs. She told me pretty much on our wedding night she wanted an open marriage; that she couldn’t imagine being faithful to one man for the rest of her life.
MORE ISSUES, STRUGGLES, AND HURDLES
Undoubtedly, Bill's heart froze, and sadly, on their very wedding day, he discovered the first of many devastating flaws in Hawn's character. Another sad trait was her love of pleasure. While that might sound exciting to any man, that desire came before everything else. Hawn would even talk in the third person uttering her favorite saying, "What Goldie wants, Goldie gets." Bill later described his former wife as a pandered and spoilt woman.
But, perhaps, that was nothing compared to her infidelities. The actress confessed his husband an affair with Warren Beatty, her co-star in the comedy "Shampoo" from 1975. Besides, she cheated on him with French actor Yves Renier. And if that's not enough, Goldie once told him about a Swedish man called Bruno that was her "boyfriend" and whom she met while shooting a movie. Recounting the last experience, the Oregon singer said that his mouth dropped open because he didn't know how to respond.
He claimed as well:
"Wait, weren't we just saying how much we love each other? Didn't we just make love for days on end? And now you tell me this guy is coming here and staying with you? Are you going to tell him about us?"
DID BILL ABANDON HIS FAMILY?
His daughter, Kate, accused Bill of abandoning her and her brother Oliver, while Bill claimed that Goldie made it challenging to see the children. And the argument between Bill and his former wife has gone on for years. Filled with rage due to her unfair accusations, Bill accused Goldie of ‘wilfully alienating’ him from their two children. The reason behind it? Bill calls it the ‘Hollywoodisation’ of Goldie’s story.
‘When we split up, she never had a bad word to say about me. But when Kurt came on the scene, the narrative changed and I became the big, bad wolf. I would say to her “Goldie, why are you trashing me and saying I’m an absent father when it’s simply not the case?” and she’d laugh and go “Oh Bill, you know it makes for a better story”.’
With time, sadly, fiction turned into fact. Both Kate and Oliver have progressively 'drifted away' from Bill, and have even rejected their father's pleas to remain part of their lives. And according to Bill, Goldie is the real villain here.
'I believe the drip, drip, drip of poison which started when they were kids finally took hold. Goldie wanted to create this myth of a perfect family with Kurt and she wanted me out.’
“I became the big, bad wolf. I would say to her ‘Goldie, why are you trashing me and saying I’m an absent father when it’s simply not the case?’ and she’d laugh and go ‘Oh Bill, you know it makes for a better story,’” he said.
THE YEAR OF THEIR DIVORCE
The year of his divorce from Goldie, Bill met the “Laverne and Shirley” actress, Cindy Williams at a celebrity baseball game. The couple fell in love and pregnant a few months later. So two months after his divorce from Goldie got finalized, Bill and Cindy got married.
THEIR CELEBRITY CHILDREN: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
The couple had two children, Zachary and Emily Hudson before they divorced in 2000. Cindy also took her career seriously. A director of “Family” Jim Drake, had nothing but praise for the actress and called Cindy “one of the top comediennes I’ve worked with.”
Six years later, in 2006, Bill also had a daughter with a long-term girlfriend named Lalania Hudson. Both Oliver and Kate Hudson followed their mother’s footsteps into acting. Oliver is best known for his roles in “Scream Queens,” “Nashville,” and the comedy “Rules of Engagement.”
Younger sister Kate became a household name after her appearance in the 2000 film, “Almost Famous.” Her performance earned Kate a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Even though Bill insisted that he did what he could to stay in touch with Kate and Oliver, they believed that he abandoned them.
On Father’s Day in 2015, Oliver posted a throwback picture from 30 years ago of himself and his sister with their father. “Happy abandonment day... @katehudson,” Oliver captioned the image. The post garnered instant attention and went viral just as fast.
Thousands of comments started pouring in, as people started debating about absent fathers, and where biological dads should automatically earn the right to the 'father' title. To twist the knife even further, 'Almost Famous' actress Kate posted a black and white photo of herself with Kurt Russell, Goldie's long-term love, writing: ‘Pa, just simply... thank you. Happy Father’s Day. I love you to the moon and back.’
As his phone reportedly started ringing off the hook, Bill's feelings of anguish ended up turning into anger. He shared his views on Oliver’s post with DailyMail. "I say to them now, 'I set you free,' he said. "I had five birth children, but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own. I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. Oliver’s Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now. As is Kate.”
During an interview with Howard Stern in 2016, Kate elaborated more on her perspective about her father. “Whatever his issues are, is something he has to live with. That must be painful for him, and so I forgive him,” she said. Much like Kate, Oliver also remained close to their mother, Goldie. After a rough start coming into the world, Oliver and Goldie forged a special bond that only blossomed with time.
KATE & OLIVER: THEIR RECENT STRUGGLES
Kate has been going through a major transformation ever since she gave birth to her third child, a baby girl named Rani, with Danny Fujikawa, her boyfriend. Now, Hudson is celebrating her incredible achievement of losing 25 lbs post-birth! The actress showed off her stunning figure in a red bikini, as she was posing alongside her friend.
The star set her weight goal way back in December and was determined to lose her baby weight as soon as she became a celebrity ambassador for WW (Weight Watchers). During her campaign, Hudson shared: "Health and wellness is my number one, and I always say what works for me doesn't work for everyone.” She is currently working on her next movie, ‘Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon,’ which is currently being filmed in New Orleans.
Now, about Kate's brother ... Like we’ve mentioned previously, Oliver’s relationship with his father, Bill, wasn’t exactly a good one. Alas, it seems like the two have shockingly reconciled. On ‘Larry King Now,’ Oliver said: “Well, we’re trying right now. We’ve shot some texts back and forth.”
HAS OLIVER FORGIVEN HIS DAD?
‘The Splitting Up Together’ actor brought up his controversial 2015 Instagram post and explained how it actually resulted in the two making up: “There was an incident that happened via my Instagram. I had posted something that was darkly comedic and it blew up into something, and actually, it helped us with our relationship. So now we’re kind of keeping in touch.”
He told People earlier of the situation, “I have a very weird sense of humor I guess. My Instagram account is strange. It’s a great place for me to express my insanity.” Oliver continued to explain how it all unfolded. The actor said of his dad:
“He did an interview and talked s—. He felt hurt by it. I called him and we got on the phone and talked. It was really productive. Then we saw each other, had breakfast and it was the first time I had seen him in 12 years and it was really amazing to see him. We talked it out and we had a really great three-hour conversation.”
He also opened up about his relationship with his sister, which he said was much improved since their childhood. “We have an amazing relationship, my sister and I,” he said. Hudson also spoke about his relationship with his sister, Kate, which is apparently much better now than it was during their childhood. The actor shared:
“We have an amazing relationship, my sister and I. Now it changed because when we were kids I couldn’t stand her. She came out of the womb acting and it bothered me. I couldn’t stand it. Please stop saying, ‘Look at me.’ And now I can honestly say she’s one of my best friends. Kate and I get along very well.”
Oliver is also a fan of Kate’s boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa, and the two reportedly get along just fine. “She’s got an amazing boyfriend, and she’s content,” he said. “We just have the greatest time together. And our kids are best, best friends. Strong family unit for sure.”
Hudson has a family of his own now, with wife, Erinn Bartleet, and three kids. Although the actor has previously mentioned that it was tough growing up with a famous family, now, he’s ‘embracing the family business.’ Oliver shared that the whole family wants “to do something together.” In fact, he even told King that there might be a chance of some family members guest starring on ‘Splitting Up Together.’
GOLDIE'S PERSONAL LIFE AFTER DIVORCE
Born on November 21, 1945, in Washington, D.C., Goldie Hawn’s history in Hollywood is a lengthy one. The American actress, who is also a producer, has played in numerous film comedies, usually portraying winsome, and slightly ditzy women. Hawn has become a respected comic actress, as critics have noted the star’s effervescent and endearing quality of her various performances.
Hawn clearly had an interest in the entertainment industry ever since she was a child, as she took on dance lessons at just three years old. Once Goldie graduated from high school, she went to the American University to study drama and tech dance lessons. This is where her dancing career officially began. During one of her many performances, Hawn was spotted by an agent in a chorus line, in a 1967 TV special, marking the dancer’s entry into the acting world. Her breakout role was in ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’ 1968’s comedy show.
As most famous women, Goldie has had quite the love life. Before her rise to fame, the actress dated actor Mark Goddard and crooner Spiro Venduras. Her first marriage was to dancer-turned-director Gus Trikonis. They met when were chorus dancer in Anaheim and tied the knot on May 16, 1969. Unfortunately, they split in 1973.
Their divorce wasn't finalized until 1975 when Goldie was engaged to Bill Hudson. After her marriage to Gus, Goldie dated a string of men, from Ted Grossman, actor Bruno Wintzell, and Italian actor Franco Nero. After these flings, Goldie and Bill began their love affair. When she filed for divorce in 1980, 'The Cactus Flower' star moved on to another set of romantic relationships. She was linked to television star Tom Selleck, Moroccan businessman Victor Drai, and French actor Yves Renier.'
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Kate's divorce from Bill was finalized in 1982, and a year later she began a relationship with actor Kurt Russell on Valentine's Day. They originally met in 1966 while filming 'The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.' However, they reconnected on the set of 'Shift Swing.' It was reported that in 2000 and 2004, the couple went through a separation phase.
During that time, rumors had it that Goldie was linked to news anchor Charles Glass and politician Imran Khan. 2019 marks 36 years of Goldie and Kurt being together, and the pair are stronger than ever. They have a son together named Wyatt and co-parent their kids from previous marriages.
GOLDIE'S JOURNEY TO SUCCESS
Goldie's acting career began in the 1960s as a cast member of the television comedy show, 'Good Morning, World,' where she played the role of a dumb blonde. After that, her next role in the sketch comedy show 'Rowan and Marin's Laugh-in' shot her into the limelight.
The chippy character Goldie portrayed in 'Laugh-in' propelled her to greater heights and gave her the opportunity to three popular films between the late 1960s and early 1970s: 'Cactus Flower,' 'There's a Girl in My Soup,' and 'Butterflies are Free.' Her role as Walter Matthau's suicidal fiancée in 'Cactus Flower' was Goldie's big break as it earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
After her Academy Award, Hawn starred in several films and hosted two television specials: 'Pure Goldie,' 1971, and 'The Goldie Hawn Special,' 1978. Goldie has featured in several movies from that moment and took a hiatus in 2002 from the screens. She returned in 2017 and starred alongside Amy Schumer in comedy 'Snatched.' Her last appearance till date is a cameo in 'The Christmas Chronicles' in 2018.
WHAT DOES BILL LOOK LIKE TODAY?
You might remember Bill as the dashing Hudson brother with the glorious hair, but the singer is remarkably different from the bad boy he used to be. Now 69, Bill rocks his grey hair in a more low cut manner and has sure added some weight. Nevertheless, he has retained his piercing eyes and dashing smile, that always had the girls falling.
Like most people, Bill Hudson made mistakes in his early life, especially when it came to his relationships and his kids. However, nothing seems too broken to be repaired and that seems to be the case with Bill and his estranged children, Kate and Oliver Hudson. Hopefully, the love between father and children is restored completely before it is too late.