The Gilmore Girls’ Rory and Lorelai might be everyone’s favourite on-screen mother-daughter duo, but off-screen perhaps Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson take the crown.
The pair have always had an incredibly strong bond, something likely made even stronger due to Hudson’s estranged relationship with her father, Bill Hudson, and the pair’s shared love of acting: Hawn is an Oscar winner and Hudson, a Golden Globe winner.
Hawn married Bill Hudson in 1976, giving birth to her daughter, Kate, in April 1979, three years after the pair welcomed their first child, Oliver Hudson. Hawn and Hudson then divorced after six years of marriage in 1982.
Following their split, Hawn started dating actor Kurt Russell in 1983, who raised Hawn’s two children as his own, in lieu of the children having any relationship with their birth father, something Hudson said last year was a “41 year issue”.
Thankfully, Hudson always had her mum to lean on, who she once said she talks to almost every day. “I can’t really go a week. I’ve gone a week, but it’s super rare,” she once told PopSugar,
Overnight, for Hudson’s 42nd birthday, Hawn shared a sweet throwback photo of the pair to celebrate. In the image, the mother-daughter duo are seen laughing as they ride a mechanical bull. “Happy birthday my precious girl @katehudson. I love you as big as the universe,” Hawn wrote.
On her own Instagram, Hudson shared photos from a birthday lunch she hosted at home with friends and family. “Mama and Pa hosted the best bday din and it was such a treat to safely gather. What a joy to be together like this,” she wrote alongside images from the day.
Last year, Hudson spoke to People about being raised by her famous mum and what she hoped to pass down to her daughter Rani.
“My mum gave me the floor to be able to feel confident enough to go out and feel like my life could be my own,” she said at the time. “Mum was my greatest cheerleader. And it just made me think about Rani … going, ‘I hope I give her that kind of confidence,’ you know?”
“Mum always said to me, ‘Don’t you ever let a man dim your light.’ So I’ve never defined myself through the way a man sees me, but I can define myself in the unit that we can create together,” she added. “That is what Mum gave to me.”