Ashley Judd

Actress, Hostess
Exhibiting both beauty and intelligence, actress Ashley Judd stepped out from the shadows of her country music star mother and sister to become one of the more sought-after female leads of the late 1990s. After a pair ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Big Stone Gap 2015 (Movie)

Ave Marie Mulligan (Actor)

Good Kids 2015 (Movie)

Gabby (Actor)

Divergent 2014 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

Lorraine Nelson (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Identical 2014 (Movie)

Louise Wade (Actor)

A Fierce Green Fire 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Margaret Asher (Actor)

Missing 1991 - 1994, 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Lorraine Nelson (Actor)

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Kaitlin (Actor)

Helen 2010 (Movie)

Helen Leonard (Actor)

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

Carly (Actor)

Crossing Over 2009 (Movie)

Denise Frankel (Actor)

Call + Response 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Untraceable 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bug 2007 (Movie)

Agnes White (Actor)

The 2007 ESPY Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Early Morning 2006 (Movie)

Lucille Fowler (Actor)

Tracking the Monster 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

Linda Porter (Actor)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

Jessica Shepard (Actor)

When I Was A Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Young Vivi Walker (Actor)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

Tina Modotti (Actor)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

Claire Kubik (Actor)

Someone Like You 2001 (Movie)

Jane Goodale (Actor)

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye of the Beholder 2000 (Movie)

Joanna Eris (Actor)

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Judds Reunion: Power to Change 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Lexie Coop (Actor)

Double Jeopardy 1999 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Wynonna 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

Rebecca Wenteworth (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Kate McTiernan (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Carla Brigance (Actor)

Normal Life 1996 (Movie)

Pam Anderson (Actor)

Wynonna: revelations 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Charlene (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Felicity (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(director's cut) (Actor)

Sisters 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Passion of Darkly Noon 1994 (Movie)

Callie (Actor)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

Ruby Lee Gissing (Actor)

Kuffs 1992 (Movie)

Wife of Paint Store Owner (Actor)

The Judds: Across the Heartland 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

The Ryan Interview (TV Show)

Actor

Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Actor
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Director (1)

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director
Music (1)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

("In The Still Of The Night") (Song Performer)

Biography

Exhibiting both beauty and intelligence, actress Ashley Judd stepped out from the shadows of her country music star mother and sister to become one of the more sought-after female leads of the late 1990s. After a pair of early performances on the science fiction franchise "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994), she landed her breakthrough role in the inspirational drama "Ruby in Paradise" (1993). Soon after, Judd played Val Kilmer's put-upon wife in the crime thriller "Heat" (1995), and essayed a pre-fame Marilyn Monroe in "Norma Jean & Marilyn" (HBO, 1996). However, it was as a kidnap victim who eludes her psychotic captor in "Kiss the Girls"(1997) that the actress' Hollywood stock rose dramatically. Although future projects met with varying degrees of success, Judd still managed to deliver strong performances as complex women in films like the adaptation of the best-selling novel "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002), and the creepy-crawly horror feature "Bug" (2006). After seeking treatment for her life-long issues of depression and loneliness, Judd published her cathartic memoir All That is Bitter & Sweet in 2011, a less-than glamorous portrait of her famous family. While not maintaining the A-list profile of film contemporaries like Sandra Bullock, Judd continued to seek out roles that were both challenging and accessible, balanced by her personal life far from the lights of Hollywood.

Relationships

Brady Anderson Actor

Companion
No longer dating

Michael Bolton Actor

Companion
Had on-again, off-again relationship Judd starred in Bolton's "The Best of Love" (1997) music video No longer together

Michael Ciminella

Father
Divorced Ashley's mother Naomi in 1972

Dario Franchitti Actor

Husband
Engaged December 1999 Married Dec. 12, 2001 in Scotland Announced separation Jan. 29, 2013

Wynonna Judd Actor

Half-Sister
Born May 30, 1964 to Charles Jordan and Naomi Judd; was given the last name Ciminella after Michael Ciminella, the man her mother married after Jordan abandoned the family

Naomi Judd Actor

Mother
Born Jan. 11, 1946; divorced Ashley's father Michael Ciminella in 1972

Lyle Lovett Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in early 1990s No longer together

Matthew McConaughey Actor

Companion
Involved during filming of "A Time to Kill" (1996) No longer together

Larry Strickland Actor

Step-Father

EDUCATION

Attended 12 schools in 13 years

University of Kentucky

Lexington , Kentucky 1986 - 1990
Left just shy of graduation, but completed her degree in 2007

Enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School's Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program

Playhouse West

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2013

Played the First Lady in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" alongside Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House

2012

Starred as an ex-CIA agent searching for her kidnapped son on ABC's "Missing"

2011

Co-starred with Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman in family drama "Dolphin Tale"

2011

Published memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet

2010

Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in "Tooth Fairy"

2009

Played an immigration defense attorney in "Crossing Over," about illegal immigrants in Los Angeles

2007

Co-starred in psychological thriller "Bug"

2006

Starred in Joey Lauren Adams' screenwriting and directing debut "Come Early Morning"

2004

Co-starred with Kevin Kline in "De-lovely," a film about legendary American composer Cole Porter

2004

Starred with Samual L. Jackson and Andy Garcia in thriller "Twister"

2003

Made Broadway debut as Maggie in "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof"

2002

Portrayed photographer Tina Modotti opposite Salma Hayek as "Frida"

2002

Portrayed a Young Vivi Walker in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," based on best-selling novel by Rebecca Wells

2002

Re-teamed with Morgan Freeman for "High Crimes"

2001

Played lead role in romantic comedy "Someone Like You"

2000

Played a serial killer in "Eye of the Beholder"

1999

Played a woman mistakenly sent to prison for murdering her husband in "Double Jeopardy"

1998

Cast in small but pivotal role as a single mother in "Simon Birch"

1997

Portrayed a kidnap victim who manages to escape from her captor in thriller "Kiss the Girls"; film also starred Morgan Freeman

1996

Starred opposite Luke Perry as his self-indulgent wife in "Normal Life"

1996

Received Emmy nomination as Norma Jean opposite Mira Sorvino as her superstar alter ego Marilyn Monroe in HBO movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn"

1996

Played the frustrated wife of a southern lawyer in "A Time to Kill"

1995

Played Val Kilmer's straying wife in "Heat"

1995

Appeared in "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" music video, performed by Jerry Garcia

1994

Made New York stage debut in the Roundabout Theatre production of "Picnic"

1994

Appeared in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"; part was cut as MPAA deemed scene too disturbing and violent; Stone restored it for 1996 Director's Cut release

1993

Portrayed title character and narrator of "Ruby in Paradise"

1992

Cast in first TV movie role in "Till Death Us Do Part" (NBC)

1992

Landed first film role in "Kuffs"

1991

Appeared in recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Swoosie Kurtz on NBC drama "Sisters"; left after three seasons to pursue film career

1991

Appeared in Los Angeles stage production of "Welcome Home, Soldier"

1991

Made TV debut with recurring role on syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

1990

Moved to back to Los Angeles

1989

Appeared in variety special starring her mother and sister, "The Judds: Across the Heartland"

1974

Her mother Naomi took Judd and her older sister Wynonna, and moved family back to rural Kentucky

1972

Was living in Los Angeles, CA when father left family

Moved frequently between California, Kentucky, and Tennessee

Bonus Trivia

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Judd described acting as "guts coming from my toenails." – from The New York Times, Oct. 3, 1993

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As the goodwill ambassador for YouthAIDS, Judd participated in the making of the 2006 documentary "Confronting the Pandemic" and the 2007 documentary "India's Hidden Plague."

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Judd revealed in her 2011 memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet that she was neglected, and emotionally and sexually abused as a child.

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