Richmond Writer Co-authors Hollywood Story

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Local writer Dave Smitherman co-authors "Two Versions" by Bill Hudson about his life with Goldie Hawn and relationship with his daughter Kate Hudson.

Richmond writer Dave Smitherman has co-authored a book with musician Bill Hudson about his rocky marriage to Goldie Hawn and his fledgling relationship with his daughter Kate Hudson and son Oliver Hudson. "Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family" by Bill Hudson with Dave Smitherman (Dailey Swan Publishing, $14.95) documents the meteoric rise of The Hudson Brothers in pop culture. During the 1970s, The Hudson Brothers were cranking out hit songs, taping a summer variety special on television, and touring the world. Eldest brother and leader of the group, Bill Hudson, enjoyed his quick rise to fame and during that time dated various Hollywood actresses and singers. He eventually married actress Goldie Hawn and went on to have two children with her, Kate and Oliver.

After their divorce, the two seemed to have an amicable relationship for the sake of the children, but that was not to last. Soon Bill and Goldie were involved in custody and parenting issues that often played out in the press. During that time, Bill remarried, this time to actress Cindy Williams of "Laverne & Shirley" fame. They have two children, and continue to enjoy a friendship to this day. "Two Versions" deals with the pain and heartbreak that divorce can cause, and shows how it can be amplified when one or both parties are in the public eye.

Co-writer Dave Smitherman met Bill Hudson while working on a book with his ex-wife Cindy. "I thought he seemed very genuine, and had a compelling story to tell," Dave says. "Divorce is never pleasant and it's interesting to see how it can be affected by the media." Dave got a taste of that media spotlight while working on the book. "When the media, especially gossip sites and newspapers, got a hold of it, they instantly portrayed the book as a 'tell-all' which immediately connotates an atmosphere of salaciousness. I got calls from England and Australia wanting comments about the book. It's not a gossipy book at all. Actually, I spoke with experts in divorce and parental alienation to make sure we presented a comprehensive, compelling story."

Bill Hudson has been doing interviews and traveling to promote the book, and he continues to score movie and TV soundtracks. Dave Smitherman has also promoted the book, speaking at the James River Writers Conference and setting up book signings in the Richmond area for early 2012. He works as a freelance writer and publisher, producing fiction and nonfiction books at Palari Publishing and the regional magazine "Richmond Grid."

For more information visit http://www.TheBillHudson.com or http://www.DaveSmitherman.com.

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