“I’ve just learned that Cindy Williams was once married to Bill Hudson and had two kids who are the half-siblings of Kate and Oliver Hudson and kind of look like brunette alt-universe versions of them

    After her divorce from Bill Hudson, the “Private Benjamin” actress Goldie Hawn was skeptical about her ex-husband’s new beau Cindy Williams’ intentions to create a cross-family relationship between her kids and their half-siblings.

    Bill Hudson married Cindy Williams after his divorce from Goldie Hawn, with whom he shared two kids, Oliver and Kate. After their divorce, Hudson and Williams went on to have other kids.

    Penny Marshal and Cindy Williams, circa December 18, 1975 | Source: Getty Images

    In 1975 Hudson was on a flight from New York to Los Angeles when he met Hawn, who had boarded the same plane. The pair developed a relationship and married just a year later, on June 3, 1976.

    On September 7, 1976, the pair welcomed their first child, Oliver Hudson, two months after they tied the knot. Their second child, daughter Kate Hudson, was born on April 19, 1979.

    A year after their daughter was born, the couple’s relationship declined, and Hudson filed for divorce on August 15, 1979. Since their breakup, Hudson and Hawn’s relationship has been strained. The former does not have a good relationship with his kids as well.

    Williams, whose family was the most important thing to her, passed away in January 2023 after battling a short illness. Her children shared the news, saying she was a wonderful woman who would be sorely missed.

    Williams was starring as one of the main characters in the iconic TV Series “Laverne & Shirley” when she met Hudson at a celebrity baseball game. Hudson looked on as Williams cheered, and the actress noticed him staring and gave a thumbs down because she thought he was a playboy.

    Cindy Williams and Bill Hudson in Los Angeles, California, on March 13, 1989 | Source: Getty Images

    Her opinion of Hudson changed when the musician sent her a book by Martha Lear titled “Heart Sounds” for Christmas. Afterward, Williams invited him to dinner, and she was impressed with his looks when he showed up. The actress declared:

    “He looks like a Greek god.”

    Two months later, Williams became pregnant while Hudson was still finalizing his divorce from Hawn. Hudson finalized his divorce two months later, and the pair got married shortly after.

    While pregnant, Williams returned on set to film the eighth season of “Laverne & Shirley” but discovered in her contract that she was scheduled to work on her due date. The actress subsequently approached the studio to try and work a solution; things got so complex she had no choice but to leave the show.

    Williams and Hudson welcomed two kids, Emily and Zack. They also sometimes took care of Oliver and Kate, Hudson’s children, from his first wife, “Bird on a Wire” actress Hawn.

    Photo of actress Cindy Williams at home, dated April 24, 1985. | Source: Getty Images

    Williams shared her thoughts on motherhood, “It was a test by fire—instant family,” she admitted. “But it’s great now. I love these little people.” Hudson also praised the actress for knowing how to manage her time between work and their family, unlike his ex-wife.

    He shared, “Cindy knows how to balance her family and her work. I never had that in my marriage with Goldie—no matter how she came on after our divorce as this abandoned little creature who was taken advantage of by men.”

    At the beginning of his marriage to Hawn, the musician had a promising career, while Hawn struggled with hers because she was eight months pregnant. After Hawn gave birth to their children, she was determined to rejuvenate her flailing career and often left Hudson alone to care for the kids. During this time, the musician was struggling to hold down his career.

    While Hawn was filming the movie “Foul Play,” she started making her career more important than the family, resulting in Hudson moving out and filing for divorce. Hudson has also been credited for having the patience to parent their kids. He frequently saw his kids from his first marriage and successfully blended them with their half-siblings.

    After 18 years of marriage, Williams filed for divorce in 2000 citing irreconcilable differences.

    Monochrome portrait of Bill Hudson circa 1970. | Source: Getty Images

    In a revealing June 2015 interview, Hudson emotionally cut ties with his eldest children, Oliver and Kate, expressing profound sorrow and anger. Disowning them, he stated, “I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own” and mourned their loss despite their continued existence.

    Hudson continued to describe the situation as “parental alienation,” sharing instances where Hawn consistently violated their custody arrangement. Frustration arose when Hawn’s interviews depicted a “wonderful” relationship with her longtime partner, Russell, while reportedly labeling Hudson as an absent father.

    Hudson countered Kate’s claim of never receiving birthday cards, emphasizing his continued efforts to stay connected. Despite a then-recent encounter with Oliver in a Malibu supermarket, where they exchanged a hug, Hudson lamented Hawn’s alleged poisoning of their minds and her false statements about him moving to Portland.

    He stressed, “I never abandoned my family. I never walked away. I wanted to be a father to Kate and Oliver, but Goldie made it harder and harder for me to see them. It’s all about control. What Goldie wants, Goldie gets.”

    Cindy Williams’ Attempts to Foster an Interfamilial Relationship
    Williams tried to create a cordial relationship between Emily and Zack and their half-siblings, Oliver and Kate. She explained that whenever Oliver and Kate come over for a visit, all the kids get along well together, acting as an ideal family. Hawn has also praised Williams for always buying shoes for Oliver and dresses for Kate. She would also sometimes pick up their medicines.

    Cindy Williams & daughter Emily Hudson in Hollywood, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

    Spending such quality time with his kids does not come as often as Hudson would have wanted. The musician accused his ex-wife Hawn of flying worldwide with Oliver and Kate, making it hard for him and Williams to plan anything with the kids.

    Even when Hawn was not traveling, she would often ignore Hudson’s attempts to get the kids. However, the musician subsequently pleaded with her to let him regularly have the children.

    Williams explained there was a time they went to get Oliver and Kate. Hawn’s child Wyatt, who the actress shares with her boyfriend Kurt, wanted to follow them, but they could not take him without the permission of his mom, who had traveled.

    Also, when Williams had just given birth to her first child, Emily’s half-brother Oliver tried to get his mom, Hawn, to see his half-sister but could not. According to Williams, both incidents broke her heart.

    Williams and Hawn have both been very diligent about their career. Each of them enjoyed success in their professions because of this dedication. The pair, however, differed in the way they perceived themselves. Unlike Hawn, Williams didn’t feel like she had to be seen all the time and didn’t see herself as a star but just an actress.

    Williams was also regarded as one of the top comedians of her generation. She earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her brilliant performances over the years.

    The movie star appeared in movies like “Travels With My Aunt,” “American Graffiti” as well as “Happy Days Girl.” Williams also tried working behind the screen and once co-produced a movie titled “The Father of The Bride.”

    Portrait of actress Goldie Hawn. | Source: Getty Images

    After 18 years of marriage, Williams filed for divorce in 2000, citing irreconcilable differences between her and the musician as the reason for the step. The actress sought to have joint custody of their son in the divorce. After their divorce, Williams released her memoir, “Shirley, I Jest.”

    Meanwhile, half-daughter Kate, who is now an accomplished actress herself, is seeking to reunite with her siblings since she has barely spent time with them over the years.

    Since they are older, Kate believes it would not hurt to get together and connect. The “Bride Wars” actress explained there had been a lot of talk about troubled relationships, and it looks like they are not doing anything about it.

    The “Almost Famous” alum had been thinking a lot about all her siblings and would like to meet and connect with them all. Hopefully, they will make that happen very soon.

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