Birth Name: Kate Garry Hudson
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: April 19, 1979
Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, as well as 1/16th German and remote French
Kate Hudson is an American actress. She has starred in the films Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Le Divorce, among many others.
She is the daughter of musician and actor Bill Hudson and actress, director, singer, and producer Goldie Hawn. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s partner, actor Kurt Russell. Her brother, Oliver Hudson, is also an actor, as is her half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who is also a professional hockey player. Kate has a son with her former husband, musician Chris Robinson; a son with her former partner, musician Matthew Bellamy; and a daughter with her partner, musician and voice actor Danny Fujikawa.
Kate’s paternal grandmother was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and Kate’s maternal grandmother was from a Hungarian Jewish family. Kate’s grandfathers both had English ancestry, with her paternal grandfather also having remote French roots (from an ancestor named Hester le Mahieu, born, c. 1585, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands) and her maternal grandfather also having one quarter German ancestry.
Kate has stated that she was raised in her maternal grandmother’s Jewish religion. Her family has also practiced Buddhism.
Kate’s paternal grandfather was William Louis Hudson (the son of John L./Dixon Hudson and Blanche Viola Babcock). William was born in California. Blanche was the daughter of Samuel Alonzo Babcock and Sessie Anna Holmes.
Kate’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Salerno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph L. Salerno and Theresa Maruco). Eleanor was born in Washington. Giuseppe was from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.
Kate’s maternal grandfather was Edward Rutledge Hawn (the son of Otto Delphia Hawn and Claire Estelle Johnson). Edward was born in Arkansas. Otto was the son of Aaron Madison Hawn, who was of German descent, and of Nannie Ada Hevrin. Claire was the daughter of Henry Spencer Johnson and Mary Frances Hall.
Kate’s maternal grandmother was Laura Steinhoff (the daughter of Michael/Max B. Steinhoff and Frances “Fanny/Fannie” Weiss). Laura was born in Pennsylvania, to Hungarian Jewish parents. Frances was the daughter of Menachem Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz; Esther was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.
Sources: Genealogy of Kate Hudson – http://gw.geneanet.org
Kate’s paternal grandfather, William Louis Hudson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Kate’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Salerno, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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