Raquel Welch’s Daughter Followed In Her Mom’s Footsteps – And Inherited Her Gorgeous Looks Too

In the 1960s Raquel Welch became one of the biggest sex symbols to grace the screen. That’s down, of course, to her scene-stealing turn in fantasy adventure One Million Years B.C. And in an act of genetic good fortune, Raquel has passed on her fabulous features to her daughter, Tahnee. The resemblance is striking, in fact. But the similarity doesn’t stop with looks, as the mother and daughter have actually led surprisingly similar lives, too.

Tahnee could also tell you exactly what it’s like to have a movie legend as a mom. But Raquel didn’t shoot to fame immediately. Following stints as a TV weather girl, model and barmaid, she actually began her acting career with minor roles – although she starred alongside some major names. Ever heard of Elvis Presley and Doris Day? Not a bad start. And her first significant part came in the 1965 beach party movie A Swingin’ Summer, which helped to land her a contract with 20th Century Fox.

However, Raquel’s breakthrough came when she briefly joined Hammer Studios for a new version of Man and His Mate. Retitled One Million Years B.C., the prehistoric adventure saw the actress sport a now-iconic furry bikini as she emerged dripping wet from the sea. This particular image was undoubtedly one of the defining shots of 1960s Hollywood and established the actress as the natural sex symbol successor to Marilyn Monroe. But Raquel soon proved that there was more to her talents than just good looks.

In fact, Raquel more than held her own against Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in the devilish comedy Bedazzled. She also landed high-profile roles in westerns 100 Rifles and Bandolero! And the star impressed critics, too, with her performances in flicks such as The Wild Party and Kansas City Bomber. But it was her supporting turn in the 1973 swashbuckler classic The Three Musketeers that finally saw her talent officially recognized. For that part, she went on to scoop the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Unfortunately, Raquel’s big-screen career wasn’t an entirely easy ride. She famously incurred the wrath of silver-screen legend Mae West on the cult flop Myra Breckinridge. Then, in the early 1980s, Raquel won a lawsuit against MGM after being abruptly dismissed from the production of Cannery Row. As a result of the legal proceedings, her reputation suffered, and she was branded a troublemaker. 

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Nevertheless, Raquel continued to find work on the small screen, appearing in TV movies such as Right to Die and The Legend of Walks Far Woman. The Hollywood icon later branched out into the exercise video market and became a regular on the Las Vegas stage. Her 21st century work, meanwhile, includes Hispanic drama American Family and the sitcom Date My Dad. And who could forget her turn as Mrs. Vandermark in the box-office smash Legally Blonde?

Of course, Raquel has become just as renowned for her eventful love life as her Hollywood career. Although she has walked down the aisle four times, she’s sadly headed for the divorce courts on just as many occasions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, the former Playboy model has apparently vowed to stay single for the rest of her years. But with which husband did Raquel create the exquisite beauty that is her daughter?

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Well, it wasn’t the man to whom Raquel was most recently married: Richard Palmer. The Los Angeles restaurant owner – who is 15 years Raquel’s junior – was due to wed another woman when he first met the Hollywood star. After breaking off his engagement, however, Palmer ended up tying the knot with Raquel instead in 1999. Sadly, the pair went their separate ways nine years later.

It was marriage number three that was Raquel’s longest – lasting for ten years from 1980. A French-American journalist and producer called Andre Weinfeld was the man who managed to capture the popular actress’ heart on this occasion. And in a chat with Closer Weekly, Weinfield later described himself as a champion for achieving such a feat.

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Raquel had previously been wed to the film producer Patrick Curtis. This allegedly proved to be the glamorpuss’ unhappiest marriage, and she reportedly admitted to feeling manipulated by the man she once loved. So, after six turbulent years with Curtis, Raquel decided that she’d had enough and walked out on the relationship for good in 1972.

But, interestingly – and somewhat heartbreakingly – it appears as though Raquel’s very first husband was her one true love. The star began dating James Welch while she was studying at La Jolla High School in California. And in her autobiography Beyond the Cleavage, the star recalled the incredible effect he had on her when the pair first met.

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Raquel wrote, “I’ll never forget the day I came running up the steps to my American government class, and there [Jim] was. Whoa! Who’s that? He looked at me and smiled his crooked grin. It was [an] instant attraction. We were both 15… Here was a young man who didn’t ask anything much of me but showered me with the affection I was hungry for.”

But the pair’s relationship didn’t always run smooth. Raquel continued, “We kept breaking up and getting back together again. By our senior year, Jim – who never took much interest in his classes – dropped out of high school altogether. I was devastated! I had just become an honors student when he bailed and went off on a tuna clipper to Peru! I thought I’d never see him again.”

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Fortunately, the two did meet again – although by the time he returned from Peru, James looked very different. The actress wrote, “He was all tan and lean and muscled up from pulling those giant tuna nets aboard. He had also grown a rather dashing goatee and looked – for all the world – like John Derek in a pirate movie. Well, it was all over for me. I kept thinking [about] what beautiful children we could make together.”

Raquel was so smitten, in fact, that she ended up dropping out of college. And in 1959 she walked down the aisle for the first – but certainly not the last – time. Recalling their Las Vegas nuptials in her memoir, the star wrote, “His mother, Tahnee, was there with us at the ceremony. We had her blessing. My [mom] was less than thrilled. My father was furious!”

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Unfortunately, Raquel had to put her career ambitions on hold when she fell pregnant with son Damon just a few months after tying the knot. Two years later, the star also gave birth to a daughter, Tahnee, named after James’ mother. But Raquel refused to settle for a life of domesticity, and by 1962 she and her husband were in very different places.

In her autobiography, Raquel reflected, “As things evolved, opportunities did come a-knocking from Hollywood, but I wanted to go to New York and do theater. However, Jim had his own ideas, and unfortunately they didn’t include either option for me. The breach that grew between us over the next few years gave me the license to gather up my two kids and leave my hometown and my marriage behind.”

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And after all these years, it seems that Raquel still has regrets about the decision that changed her life forever. She wrote, “My breakup with Jim remains the most painful decision of my entire life. For our children’s sake, I should have stayed.” The actress also acknowledged that the pair were “just too damn young” to cope with the trials and tribulations of married life at the time. Still, perhaps there’s some solace in the fact that she had her only children with her true love.

Raquel doesn’t have any misgivings about her regular trips to the wedding chapel, either. She claimed in a 2015 interview with the Daily Mirror, “I don’t regret the marriages. I had real feelings for all of them. At the time, I thought it was love and we could make a great life, but it wasn’t in the cards.”

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So, why does Raquel believe that things have never worked out with any of her four husbands? Well, she told the same newspaper that her high profile was often a major factor. The star said, “They were swanning around being married to Raquel Welch. I never did get it right. And a lot of men don’t like the fact that when we go somewhere I am the one who gets focused on.”

Yet Raquel also reiterated how much her first husband meant to her. She said, “I know that often I look back and think of all four [marriages], and the lovers in between, and I say the one with the best character and the one I was most devoted to was Jim. That will never change.”

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Raquel continued, “I told Jim I was going to go to Hollywood. He said he wouldn’t go to that town, it’s such a phoney town. I suddenly thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I always thought he knew who I was.’ I suddenly realized [that] I couldn’t make him go. He doesn’t do what he doesn’t want to do. It was an epiphany… It was hard, but I felt I’d resent him all my life if I didn’t go.”

Of course, James gave Raquel something that none of the star’s three other husbands did: children. Apart from a solitary acting credit on 1971’s The Beloved, their son, Damon, has largely stayed out of the spotlight. However, daughter Tahnee has followed in the footsteps of her famous mother in more ways than one.

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Yes, while Tahnee’s mother and father reportedly did everything they could to deter her from the showbiz industry, their talk perhaps inevitably fell on deaf ears. Tahnee went on to quit school, leave home and spend several years holding down dead-end jobs while attempting to land her big break.

Ultimately, Tahnee’s career only kickstarted when she relocated to Italy in the 1980s. It was there that she was cast opposite national icon Virna Lisi in the romantic comedy Amarsi Un Po. And the movie’s success gave Tahnee the impetus to further chase her dreams, meaning she returned to New York City with a spring in her step.

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The move to NYC paid off, too, when Tahnee joined Hume Cronyn, Maureen Stapleton and Jessica Tandy in Ron Howard’s box office hit Cocoon. She also showed up in its sequel and added to her list of Hollywood credits with roles in Sleeping Beauty and Lethal Obsession. And the young beauty even enjoyed a brief stint as Shannon Taylor in the long-running soap opera Falcon Crest.

But Tahnee didn’t forget the country that helped to give her career a boost. In 1989 she showed up once again on Italian screens with a role in Disperatamente Giulia – a miniseries helmed by the legendary Enrico Maria Salerno. Then, two years later, she took top billing in another Italian comedy called La bocca.

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Yet while it seemed as though Italy would always hold a dear place in her heart, Tahnee switched focus back to her homeland in the 1990s. She racked up credits in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Criminal Mind and Night Train to Venice. The actress was also cast in TV movie Body and Soul before her final screen appearance of the decade in the 1999 short Pyrite.

But as Tahnee’s profile grew, increasing numbers of people began to realize just how similar she looked to her mother. Many commented on the thin lips, striking eyes and face shape that she appeared to have inherited from the Hollywood icon. And Tahnee often took full advantage of what her momma gave her.

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Just like Raquel, Tahnee also enjoyed success as a model. She reportedly appeared in fashion shoots for several high-end publications such as Vogue and Interview. And in 1995, Tahnee posed for the same provocative men’s magazine as her mother had 16 years previously: Playboy.

Unfortunately, Tahnee also appears to share her mother’s luck when it comes to love. In 1991 the actress walked down the aisle with Jared Harris, the English actor who would later achieve Golden Globe-winning success with his role in Chernobyl. Sadly, though, after just five years together, the pair decided to split.

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And Tahnee’s break-up with Harris wasn’t her first failed relationship with a fellow actor. Before meeting the British star, Raquel’s daughter had been romantically involved with Luca Palanca. The Italian-American first made a name for himself on the stand-up circuit but later landed roles in movies including Made in Brooklyn, Break and Gerald.

However, while Tahnee has regularly followed in her mother’s footsteps, the two haven’t always had the closest relationship. And while appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2015, a tearful Raquel admitted that her family often played second fiddle to her career in earlier years. She told the host, “I can’t replace those times, and it hurts me… It’s hurt them probably worse because that’s their childhood and I’m their mother.”

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In 2012, though, Raquel explained why she hadn’t been around so much. She told AARP, “When I first came to Hollywood, other people may have thought, ‘You poor thing. You don’t have a car, you have two children, what possessed you?’ But it made me focus. I didn’t know if I did right to leave Jim and thought, ‘This thing better work for me, and I better really keep my eye on the ball and be careful.’”

And Raquel is now doing her best to make up for the lost time. She continued, “I wasn’t impossible before, but in the past ten years I’ve made a concerted effort to think about what I have to do for other people, what I owe [and] what my part is in whatever relationship or situation I find myself in. It’s getting older, I guess, that makes you think that way.”

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In her memoir Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel also revealed that she now has a much closer bond with her two kids. She wrote, “Fortunately, my children and I have a good relationship, and they’re still my great joy. My son Damon became a computer consultant engineer, and my daughter Tahnee [is] a talented actress known for her role in Cocoon. They are a source of pride and hope to me because of the kind of people they’ve turned out to be.”

Nonetheless, there’s still one thing that Raquel expects from them. She continued, “They have always grounded me and given me purpose as well as the moral courage to follow my better convictions. Now if they’ll just give me grandchildren, I’ll be complete. That’s an ambition of mine only they can fulfill.”

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So, what has Tahnee been up to since she seemingly lost the acting bug? Well, she has shown up on screen on at least one other occasion in more recent times. That said, the film in question doesn’t quite have the same cachet as the rest of her filmography…

You see, in 2016 Tahnee joined her Cocoon co-star Steve Guttenberg in 2 Lava 2 Lantula! As its name suggests, the TV movie is a Sharknado-esque affair in which Florida is attacked by super-sized spiders. And the role didn’t exactly stretch Tahnee’s talents. She simply played herself in the deliberately trashy B-movie.

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As for Tahnee’s mother, well, she’s also taken things easy as she approaches the age of 80. We last saw Raquel on the big screen playing Celeste in the comedy How to Be A Latin Lover. And pictures taken in the summer of 2019 that capture her out and about running errands in Los Angeles prove she remains just as glamorous as ever. It seems, though, that Raquel and Tahnee’s story is not unique. At least not in Hollywood, anyway.

You see, there are another mother and daughter who found fame in similar ways: Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. The paths of their early lives bear a striking resemblance to each other, despite some setbacks along the way. And they too have ended up with an incredibly close bond. Especially so, it seems, when it comes to Hawn’s involvement at the births of her grandchildren.

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Born in November 1945, Hawn grew up in Washington, D.C., alongside her parents and older sister, Patti. As a youngster, she took a real interest in dancing, with her mother Laura operating a school for dancers at that time. On that note, the future star focused her attention on tap-dancing and ballet in particular.

During Hawn’s teenage years, she became a student at the American University in Washington. But attending college eventually led to a big decision. Indeed, at that point, the aspiring dancer opted to abandon her education in order to pursue her passion: ballet. She even established her own specialized school for the art form, before showcasing her talents as a performer in New York.

Hawn’s life changed forever in 1967, however. That year, you see, she made her small screen debut in the television comedy show Good Morning, World, starring the likes of Ronnie Schell and Joby Baker. What’s more, the starlet went on to appear in 20 episodes of the series, ahead of its cancellation a year later.

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Despite that disappointment, though, 1968 was another important year in Hawn’s fledgling career. She returned to TV screens in the sketch show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, featuring in more than 60 episodes over the next two years. In addition to that run, the actress also made her big-screen debut in the same period.

Hawn was cast in a Disney movie titled The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, taking on a character simply known as “Giggly Girl.” While working on the film, she was introduced to co-star Kurt Russell – her future partner. Following that appearance, the rising star bagged two more big-screen roles in 1969.

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The first of those appearances was an uncredited role in the action movie Five the Hard Way. But it was the second that would change Hawn’s career forever. Yes, she was cast as one of the leads in the romantic comedy Cactus Flower, starring alongside the likes of Ingrid Bergman and Walter Matthau. That performance earned the Washington native her one and only Oscar win as Best Supporting Actress.

Off the back of that win, Hawn was then cast in a number of other projects throughout the 1970s. Indeed, she starred in films such as The Heist, There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free during that decade. One of her most lauded performances, however, came in 1974.

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Hawn joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s tense drama The Sugarland Express, taking on the lead role of Lou Jean. Up to that point, the actress was best known for her work in comedies, but she nevertheless showcased her thespian skills to great effect in the dramatic movie. From there, she continued to establish herself as a Hollywood mainstay.

And after working with Spielberg, Hawn appeared in movies such as Foul Play, Shampoo and Lovers and Liars at the back-end of the 1970s. In 1980, though, she then scored one of her most recognizable roles. That’s right: the Oscar-winner starred in the comedy drama Private Benjamin, a film she actually also produced.

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Private Benjamin was incredibly well received on release, earning close to $70 million at the domestic box office. The film also picked up three Academy Award nominations, including a nod for Hawn as Best Actress. Unfortunately for her, though, she lost out on the Oscar in that category to Sissy Spacek that year.

After that, Hawn bagged a number of leading roles throughout the 1980s, with Swing Shift proving significant for a rather different reason. In that specific movie, released in 1984, she starred alongside Kurt Russell – some 16 years after they’d first worked together. And the pair formed a romantic relationship in 1983, coming off the back of the actress’ previous two marriages.

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Hawn and Russell then starred in another movie together, taking on the lead roles in the romantic comedy Overboard in 1987. The Washington native was then cast in some notable releases throughout the 1990s. Indeed, she appeared in films such as Death Becomes Her, HouseSitter and The First Wives Club during that period.

Following Hawn’s appearance in 2002’s The Banger Sisters, however, she didn’t return to the big screen for another 15 years. The Hollywood star eventually came back in 2017, joining the cast of Snatched. That wouldn’t be her last film that year, though, as she took on the role of Narrator in SPF-18 too.

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While Hawn has enjoyed a memorable career as an actress, she also became a parent in the 1970s. During her marriage to Bill Hudson, the star had two children: Oliver in 1976 and Kate in 1979. After that, she and Russell had a child in 1986, naming him Wyatt Russell. And that young trio eventually joined their parents in the world of entertainment.

The path that Hawn’s daughter took to reach that goal, though, bore some similarity to her own journey. Born in April 1979, Kate Hudson grew up in California and Colorado alongside her mother and Russell, looking to follow in their footsteps. After completing her studies at high school, the future movie star then had a big decision to make.

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Some 12 months prior to Hudson’s graduation, she’d already made her small screen debut in the 1996 television show Party of Five. The teenager also appeared in another program, titled EZ Streets, that very year. Yet despite those credits, she was all set to become a student at New York University following high school.

Much like Hawn had during her teenage years, Hudson decided to pursue her true passion for performing over her academic studies. Off the back of that choice, mind you, the California native made her big-screen debut in 1998’s Desert Blue. She joined an illustrious cast that included the likes of Christina Ricci, Casey Affleck and Peter Sarsgaard.

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Hudson followed Desert Blue with an appearance in the rom-com 200 Cigarettes, but the film wasn’t well received on release. Alongside the poor reviews, the movie only made $6.8 million at the domestic box-office from an estimated budget of $6 million. However, everything changed for the actor at the beginning of the new millennium.

After featuring in films like Dr. T & the Women and About Adam, Hudson scored a role in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous in the year 2000. Taking on the character of Penny Lane, she produced a memorable performance that cemented her place as one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars. In addition, she also picked up an Oscar nomination for her work.

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From there, Hudson appeared in a number of other movies throughout the 2000s, such as The Four Feathers, Raising Helen and The Divorce. In 2004, though, the California native became a parent herself, giving birth to her son Ryder. After that, she returned to the big screen in 2005’s The Skeleton Key.

Hudson continued to earn significant roles in the noughties, before returning to the small screen in 2012. That year she joined the cast of the musical TV show Glee, taking on the character of Cassandra July. And during her brief stint on the program, the actor appeared in five episodes.

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In more recent times, Hudson enjoyed a busy 2016; she featured in three major releases, after all. The actress first appeared in Kung Fu Panda 3, lending her voice to the character of Mei Mei. After that, she starred in the romantic comedy Mother’s Day alongside Jennifer Aniston, before joining the cast of Deepwater Horizon.

Hudson’s last appearance on the big screen since then came in 2017 as she co-starred in Marshall. The following year, the California native gave birth to her third child in the fall, naming her Rani Rose. Just a month prior to that, though, the expectant mom and Hawn were guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Sitting beside Hawn, Hudson explained how close her daughter was to giving birth at that point. “Let’s just say you’ve probably never had anyone this pregnant on your show [before],” she informed DeGeneres in 2018. “Really, it looks like you could be [due] any second,” the host responded.

And Hawn then spoke about the role she played when Hudson gave birth to her second child, Bingham, in 2011. The Hollywood legend suggested that she wasn’t particularly helpful on that occasion. That’s right: the proud parent was ravenous and therefore brought a pizza into the hospital.

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Following Hawn and Hudson’s memorable appearance on the show in 2018, they returned in January 2019, albeit in a slightly different capacity. The mom and daughter were, in fact, standing in for DeGeneres as guest hosts on that occasion. And much like before, the duo’s chemistry proved a big hit with the live studio audience.

To kick things off, a group taking a tour of the Warner Bros lot were handed tickets to the show from Hawn and Hudson. And the surprise came about due to the former’s connection with the studio. She had, in fact, worked on a handful of her movies there. However, there were more highlights still to come.

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Dressed in a white jumpsuit, Hawn joined her daughter on stage as she opened the program, much to the delight of the audience. At that point, Hudson spoke about her reaction to being asked to guest host DeGeneres’ show, which drew a humorous response from her giddy mother.

“We are so happy to be here,” Hudson tells the studio audience. “At first I was a little nervous, because I just was. And they told me to be myself.” Sensing her chance, Hawn then cuts in. “That was what I was worried about most,” the veteran actress says. “About you being yourself!”

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On that note, Hawn gives a bit of background to the quip. “The last time [we were on the show] we were definitely ourselves, weren’t we?” she continues. “And that’s why I didn’t think we’d be invited back again!” From here, Hudson recalls their previous appearance on the program, revealing some intriguing information along the way.

“It was the first time we’d ever done a show together,” Hudson explains. “It was super fun, and Mom remembered thinking how it was entertaining. But anyway, they asked us if we wanted to come back to guest host together so here we are.” After receiving a quick round of applause, the Hollywood star then turns toward her mother.

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“There’s one thing that happens on this show that Mom’s the most excited about,” Hudson says before shooting Hawn a glance. “What?” she replies with a smile. “tWitch,” her daughter responds, pointing at DeGeneres’ DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss. After looking over at him, the Washington native can’t hide her excitement.

“Here’s the thing,” Hawn says. “I love Ellen so much, but when I first did her show, I did it really cause I got to dance with her. And now we get to dance on our own! And I’m so excited.” Consequently, “tWitch” plays “Best of My Love” by The Emotions over the speakers, with the hosts showing their skills on the stage.

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Hawn and Hudson then dance their way up the aisle of the studio audience, fully embracing the moment. Furthermore, the Hollywood legend in particular really gets into it, due perhaps to her long dancing history. And after swaggering through one long row of people, the pair start to make their way back down to the stage.

That segment was subsequently uploaded on YouTube by the show’s official channel in January 2019, drawing a big response from online users. Indeed, the video has earned over 900,000 views and close to 8,000 likes on the website. In addition to these impressive figures, it’s also generated more than 570 comments, with one in particular standing out.

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“I never watch daytime TV but happened on this,” the YouTube user wrote in the comments section of the video. “Goldie and Kate you are the bomb! You need your own talk show. You’ve converted me. Charisma and charm abound. Please do this again. Been a fan since the Hee Haw days!”

As for the rest of the show, Hawn and Hudson chatted with both Gwyneth Paltrow and someone else they knew pretty well. Indeed, Oliver Hudson rounded off the guests, spending time with his mom and sister on the stage. The talkative twosome meanwhile also recalled the birth of the California native’s third child back in October 2018.

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“[The doctor] was sort of like this, leaning down, doing the thing,” Hawn recalled on the show. “And I’m trying to get in on him to try to look over his shoulder. Now I see the head, and I’m going, ‘Oh! There’s the head!’ Then it went back, and he said, ‘Goldie, if you get any closer, you’re going to fall in!’”

Away from daytime television, it seems, Hawn and Hudson have had packed schedules. Indeed, the former was last seen in the 2018 Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles, featuring alongside Russell and her son Oliver. As for her daughter, she’s set to appear in two future releases, titled Music and Blood Moon.

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