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Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family Paperback – December 1, 2011
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Book and explanation about Bill's life experiences.
I couldn't put the book down!!!
GOD BLESS BILL HUDSON -- Goldie Hawn is a fake phony fraud.
For a rich so called mother to deny her kids their own father is unforgivable... Read more
It is an honest book written with heart. It's great that Bill has three other children who love him. He deserves this. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bluesky
As a long time Hudson Brother Fan, this book was fun to read and told us the story we did not know was going on behind the scenes!Published on December 19, 2013 by Valerie Smitendorf
This is a sad story. Bill Hudson became exhausted and gave up fighting for his rights to see his kids. He says this is a decision he will regret all his life. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Imareader
I was excited to hear that Bill Hudson had written his autobiography and I finished reading it on my Kindle in two days. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by just DeeDee