Bill Hudson of 'Hudson Brothers' Famous Wives and Children
With five biological children and two famous wives, the eldest of the Hudson Brothers' musical trio, Bill Hudson has a complicated and tumultuous personal life.
Musician Bill Hudson first married Goldie Hawn in 1976. At the time Goldie already became well-known for her role in “Laugh-In,” and received an Oscar for her performance in the 1969 film “Cactus.”
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 when things changed in 1980, Bill moved out and they divorced.
“Goldie was on the comeback road and didn’t want to fail,” Bill said. “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.”
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.
“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,” Bill told DailyMail.
According to Bill, the “narrative changed” after Goldie started dating Kurt Russell. His daughter, Kate, accused Bill of abandoning her and her brother Oliver, while Bill claimed that Goldie made it challenging to see the children.
“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 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.
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.
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 of himself and his sister with their father. “Happy abandonment day... @katehudson,” Oliver captioned the image.
In response, Bill 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.