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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I like how the story was written in a precise polite way. It is amazing what people can do in a divorce situation, when children are involved. I recommend this book to ones who are interested in Hollywood Stars. This book was very well written and filled with emotion.
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Bill Hudson, Goldie Hawn's second ex-husband and father of actors Oliver and Kate Hudson, finally tells his story after years of mistreatment in the press by his ex wife and their two children together.

Bill Hudson writes a combination memoir and autobiography. He regrets not fighting for Kate and Oliver with visitation rights. Their custody agreement was largely in Goldie's favor and her discretion. Bill wanted to see his kids more but you will read letters between attorneys. Bill kept everything even Goldie's interviews. Bill was not the deadbeat dad. Kate and Oliver were very well provided for by both parents.

Bill would remarry and divorce Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley). They had two children, Emily and Zachary. They had a production company that produced "The Father of The Bride" remake with Steve Martin.

Bill admits his shortfalls, his flaws, and imperfections here. Despite Goldie's fame, Bill had his own share of failures and hits. He stopped being a household name. His name has come up again because Oliver had sent a Father's Day message implying that Bill had abandoned him and his sister.

The book tells Bill's side of the story where even he and Goldie had plenty of blame for their messy divorce. His second divorce was far more civilized in comparison and less messy. He is still close friends with Cindy and regards her as family. He has a better relationship with his younger children though.

The book answered a lot of my questions and suspicions. Bill does regret not fighting more for Kate and Oliver and lives with that regret every day. I wished Kate, Oliver, Goldie, and Kurt would read the book. They need to come together instead of badmouthing each other.
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Divorce is usually the result of incompatibility between two people, and often there is pain, hurt, and disappointment. But the children should be kept out of it, for their own well being. I'm glad Bill wrote this book and shared his side of the story. Parental alienation is very real, and very sad. I hope this gives him closure and that it helps the many other men and women out there who are going through the same thing. I ask for God's blessing and healing for the entire family.
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Eh, there's two sides to every story, this is true. I just get the feeling he was trying more to talk to his daughter Kate through this book because she will no longer talk with him. I really don't know why he needed to talk about his ex in such detail. Sounds a little bitter still, after all these years. Time to move on bub.
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