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Ashley Judd

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Date of Birth:19 April 1968
Birthplace:Granada Hills, California
Age:42
First Name:Ashley
Last Name:Judd
Build:Average
Height:5' 7" (170 cm)
Eye Color:Hazel
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Aries
Claim to Fame:Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Occupation:Actress
Occupation Category:Actress
Nationality:American
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Biography for Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd (born Apr. 19, 1968 (50 years ago)) is an American actress, well known for playing a number of strong women characters in movies such as Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, and High Crimes.

Political activities

In 2009 (9 years ago), Judd appeared in a one-minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, in which Judd condemned Alaska governor Sarah Palin for supporting aerial wolf hunting. In response, Palin stated the reason these wolves are killed is to protect the caribou population in Alaska, and she called the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund an "extreme fringe group".

Early years

Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California, the daughter of Naomi Judd, a well known country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Ciminella, Jr., a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry. Judd has a half-sister, Wynonna Judd, who is also a country music singer. At the time of her birth, her mother was working as a nurse, and did not become well-known as a singer until the early 1980 (38 years ago). Judd's parents divorced in 1972 (46 years ago), and in 1974 (44 years ago), her mother took her back to her native Kentucky, where Judd grew up.

Judd attended twelve schools before college, including the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky and Franklin High School in Tennessee. She briefly tried modeling in Japan during school breaks. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women's studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major, a move that mirrored her role as Reed in the TV series Sisters. She was in the UK Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class, leaving the university early to drive cross-country in pursuit of an acting career in Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher, Robert Carnegie, at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a waitress at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a Malibu, California house her sister bought her, which burned down during the great Malibu fires. On May 9, 2007 (11 years ago), it was announced Judd had completed her bachelor's degree in French from the University of Kentucky. In a May 2007 (11 years ago) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Judd explained she had completed her degree requirements in 1990 (28 years ago), but had mistakenly thought she was one class short. She only needed to "sign a piece of paper" in order to graduate. DeGeneres then surprised Judd by presenting her with her diploma, which DeGeneres had acquired from the university. Judd was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky on May 9, 2009 (9 years ago). Judd enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program for the 2009-2010 term.

Career

Judd began acting on TV and appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 (27 years ago) episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Darmok" and "The Game". From 1991 (27 years ago) to 1994 (24 years ago), she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), on the NBC drama Sisters. She made her feature movie debut with a very small role in 1992's Kuffs. However, in 1993 (25 years ago) Judd fought for and was cast in her first starring role playing the title character in Victor Nuñez's Sundance movie Festival Grand Jury Prize Winning, Ruby in Paradise. She received rave reviews playing Ruby Lee Gissing, a young woman trying to make a new life for herself, and it was this performance that would launch her career as an actress. Oliver Stone, who had seen her in Nuñez's film, cast Judd in Natural Born Killers, but her scenes were later cut from the version of the movie released theatrically. But the following year she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Harvey Keitel's estranged daughter in Wayne Wang's Smoke and also as Val Kilmer's lover in Michael Mann's Heat. That same year she also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley's dark, adult fairy tale, The Passion of Darkly Noon.

By the end of the 1990s, Judd had managed to achieve significant fame and success as a leading actress, after leading roles in several thrillers that performed well at the box office, including Kiss the Girls in 1997 (21 years ago) and 1999's Double Jeopardy. Several of her early 2000 (18 years ago) films, including 2001's Someone Like You and 2002's High Crimes, received only mixed reviews and moderate box office success; although, she did receive positive recognition, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, for her performance in the 2004 (14 years ago) biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, opposite Kevin Kline.

Judd is currently the magazine advertising "face" of American Beauty, an Estée Lauder cosmetic brand sold exclusively at Kohl's department stores, and H. Stern jewelers. In Jun. 2007 (11 years ago), Goody's Family Clothing announced they were going to be releasing three fashion clothing lines with Judd in the Fall to be called - "AJ", "Love Ashley" and "Ashley Judd." Regarding the clothing line, Judd said, "I'm thrilled to be involved in a clothing line that provides simple, lovely solutions for women's wardrobes. I've always loved items that you can throw on easily and know that you'll feel and look good. This line does just that, while keeping with the best of current styles and trends."

Personal life

Judd, as YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, speaks at an event in South Africa (January 2005 (13 years ago))During the 1990s, Judd dated baseball player Brady Anderson, singers Lyle Lovett and Michael Bolton, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Robert De Niro. In dec. 1999 (19 years ago), she became engaged to Scottish auto racer Dario Franchitti, who was at the time driving in Champ Car World Series (he has since raced in IndyCars and NASCAR). The two were married at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch, Scotland, on dec. 12, 2001 (17 years ago). She and her husband divide their time between a home in Scotland and their farm outside Franklin, Tennessee. Judd can be recognized in Gasoline Alley wearing a white hat, and was present at the 2007 (11 years ago) Indianapolis 500 when her husband won. When Dario wins a race, Ashley is the first to give an interview on the TV coverage, usually in form of split-screen.

When in Manhattan, Judd attends services at a charismatic missionary Baptist church. She also regularly attends University of Kentucky basketball games, frequently sitting next to Donna Smith (wife of former Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith), or in the student section. Last year, Judd was a guest columnist for a local Kentucky newspaper, writing about the NCAA championships. She is frequently sought out for celebrity camera shots during televised games. Judd posed for a poster wearing only a hockey jersey for fundraising purposes for their alma mater's hockey team. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga, cooking and gardening.

In Feb. 2006 (12 years ago), Judd entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas and stayed for 47 days. She was there because of personal issues, including depression and isolation.

Judd is active in humanitarian and political causes. She was appointed Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the international NGO Population Services International (PSI), promoting AIDS prevention and treatment, and speaks and demonstrates at pro-choice events. On Oct. 29, 2006 (12 years ago), Judd appeared at a "Women for Ford" event for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr.

A long-running feud between Judd and Indy race car driver Milka Duno took place throughout the 2007 (11 years ago) Indy Racing League season. After the final race of the 2007 (11 years ago) season, the actress stated to the assembled news media, "I know this is not very sportsmanlike, but they've got to get the 23 car (Duno) off the track. It's very dangerous. I'm tired of holding my tongue. She shouldn't be out there. When a car is 10 miles (an hour) off the pace, it's not appropriate to be racing. People's lives are at stake."

Filmography

  • Kuffs
  • Ruby in Paradise
  • Heat
  • Smoke
  • The Passion of Darkly Noon
  • A Time to Kill
  • Norma Jean & Marilyn
  • Normal Life
  • Kiss the Girls
  • The Locusts
  • Simon Birch
  • Double Jeopardy
  • Where the Heart Is
  • Eye of the Beholder
  • Someone Like You
  • Frida
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • High Crimes
  • De-Lovely
  • Twisted
  • Come Early Morning
  • Bug
  • Helen
  • Crossing Over
  • Tooth Fairy


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