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Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family Paperback – December 1, 2011

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About the Author

Bill Hudson was born in Portland Oregon, where he rose to fame as part of the Hudson Brothers act in the 70's. Once married to Goldie Hawn, he is the father of Oliver and Kate Hudson.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Dailey Swan Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983809003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983809005
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Smitherman lives in the Washington, DC area, and has been involved in writing and publishing for over 15 years. In addition to providing book publishing consultation and guidance, he co-authors nonfiction books with celebrities and newsworthy individuals. He has many books in the works (some credited and some not) including a cookbook, celebrity memoir, topical news event, and pop culture guide.

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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Winnie on May 11, 2012
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I found this book to be redundant, whiny, and poorly written. I liked the Hudson Brothers in the 70's and was looking forward to reading about them and the reasons behind Bill's and Kate's estrangement and the divorce from Goldie. I was disappointed to find that it was just a rambling and repetitive account of child custody issues. Instead of a well-rounded account of Bill's life, it was the sometimes bitter lament about divorce battles. I was also disappointed that he brought up so much detail about his and Goldie's sex life and dropped names of various movie stars he had dated. If the book was intended to aide in clearing the air and building some sort of relationship with Kate and Oliver as adults, don't think including this helped the cause any. There are two sides to every story, and I'll bet Goldie has a far different take on all this. All in all it was just tedious to get through.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By bookmaster on June 12, 2015
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For the love of all that's holy, don't pay to read this book! A friend bought it for small change at a garage sale and I borrowed it from her. I don't particularly like Goldie Hawn, as a person or as an actress, but was somewhat interested in it, because I have not seen one interview with Bill Hudson in the last 35 years where he wasn't bashing her in print or on TV and whining about money. My fav was one with him and Cindy Williams where she said she can only buy "piddly" things for the house. LOL!

I'm pretty skeptical of people who can't let go of bitterness and jealousy after many years, and frankly, he seems like a liar as well. He and Goldie were only married 4 years, so he wasn't the poor little house-husband for long (If he ever was, wasn't the Hudson Brothers popular in the 70s?) and a cursory glance at Google shows me a People magazine article from 1989 in which 12 year old Oliver and 10 year old Kate, did indeed visit and when they did "the kids are all like brothers and sisters". (Oh, and there he is bashing Goldie!) So, the truth is usually in between what she says and what he says.

All in all, it just seems to me that Bill is very bitter and jealous about Goldie being rich and famous and succeeding where he did not. His constant talking about their sex life in the book (HIS view of it) is tacky and vile, and the constant hammering home of how she liked to have sex with more than one person, you know, like men have always done, is tedious. The one person I do feel bad for is Cindy Williams. I don't know how anyone could stay married to someone obsessed with hating their ex as long as he was for as long as she did.
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40 of 58 people found the following review helpful By D. Dube on January 21, 2012
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Let me state first that I loved both Goldie and Bill growing up, before and after they had gotten together. And I didn't read this with an eye on a salacious tell all, to get the gossip. No. Having gone through a similar alienation attack within my own family, this is the story I was most interested in reading. It happens in even the best of families. In my case, it wasn't about a child, but about a parent who was ill. I could identify with Bill's journey and the absolute helplessness you feel against the bold-faced lies told about you and when you try and correct the misconceptions how it can even make matters worse once the campaign against you is underway. As seen here in some reviews on Amazon, there are some who say he is just in a pity party. I would say to them that unless they have been through it, they have no idea how demoralizing it is to have people you loved turn against you and believe the worst. And Bill has proof of the lies and wrong doing just as I had and yet people choose to believe the lies. It is simply heartbreaking.

No, this book is far more than a "poor me" tell all. It sheds the light on a very damning condition that exists which is "alienation of affection" of children or anyone. Legally, this should be addressed and we need as a society to make certain that children and parents are not poisoned against anyone or kept from love on any level.

And for those Hudson Brother's fans who are pouting about not hearing more of that story; grow up... This book is about a chapter of life which gave Bill great pain and still does. He admits his faults and is loving in his memories of the life he and Goldie had together, but he really didn't deserve the twist in this story.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Herb & Anna on April 26, 2013
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Parental alienation? How about put some effort in, Bill?

Being from a divorced family, both my parents focus became their new spouses. I'm guessing that's what happened to Bill. That is not uncommon. i would also guess this story is just his version. I would love to hear GH's version of the day their son was born. i wonder if she would agree to how supportive and perfect Bill behaved.

To call your own daughter, who is young, and you've struggled already with a relationship, and call her a spoiled brat? Shame on you, Bill!

Also, I find it offensive that he speak for anyone but himself. He doesn't know how the kids or his ex felt, or perceived things. Having expectations that his daughter should have a relationship with her half sister, and take care of the gram? Why doesn't he? That's quite a burden to put on a young girl from divorce, who had an estranged relationship with her dad.

I do think this is mostly the fault of Bill, himself, and I also believe a lot of dads don't know how to parent.

I hope if there is a day my kids come to me and disagree with the way I parented, I can swallow my pride, apologize and explain I did my best. That I'm sorry and only want the best for them. There's no need to put them down, become defensive, and create more hate and discomfort. Bill, you have another chance, fix yourself, pull it together, go apologize, love them and let it go. Let them decide if they want to come see you. Give them the sense of being at peace within themselves, regarding their biological father. That's the biggest gift you could offer them.
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