Goldie Hawn Opens Up About Giving Birth to Kate Hudson

Celebrity Moms Oct. 19, 2010 AT 11:23AM
Goldie Hawn Opens Up About Giving Birth to Kate Hudson Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images For Elle Magazine

At ELLE's 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute Monday in Beverly Hills, Goldie Hawn honored daughter Kate Hudson.

During her introduction, she recalled Hudson's raucous birth in 1979.

"I was on the 405, and she was inside me, and I was fooling around, and I felt really good, about 8 months [pregnant], and I was going to name her Rebecca because it was biblical and romantic and gentle. All of sudden, she punched me so hard in my you-know-where," Hawn, 64, told the audience. "I screamed and I said, ‘Oh my God. This is a Kate, not a Rebecca!' She is a Kate!"

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On delivery day, Hawn continued, "I was lying there and they were slicing and dicing or whatever, I had a C-section, I had my nails done ... and all of sudden, out she comes and they said, 'It’s a boy!' And I said, 'No it’s a girl!' And, by the way, I didn’t know what it was. I just felt that it was a girl. And then they said, 'Oh, no it’s a girl!' And I said, 'What part of her anatomy were you looking at?!'"

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Hawn said Hudson, now 31, was "a voracious eater. She is a voracious human being and she still likes to eat. And she is also voracious about life.

"I will say, I am very proud," Hawn continued, looking at her daughter. "I am deeply proud of your character, and I am very proud of your tenacity. You stick to your guns ... and I am proud of your talent."

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When it came time for Hudson to speak, she said she was "emotional.

"I don’t know how I am going to follow my mother!" she went on. "I have learned so much from the people that I have been blessed enough to work with, and I can't wait for more," she said. "I have grown up watching my parents, and I have watched them in their incredible ability and their professionalism, and their body of work is also so inspiring to me. I only hope that I can live up to that in a way, or at least try as hard as I can."

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As for being a woman in Hollywood, Hudson said no one can top her mother. "I have this stunning, iconic mother ... I have a grounded, aspiring, and philanthropist mother. She is not just a talent and crazy and gorgeous and beautiful. She is truly an inspiring mother. Again, I can only hope that, as a mother, I can live up to that."

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