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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards: Most Promising Actress, Ruby in Paradise, 1994

A self-proclaimed feminist and an etymologist, Ashley Judd is also a worldwide spokesperson for Youth Aids International.

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An Emmy nomination arrived after Judd portrayed the title role of needy ingnue Norma Jean in HBOs biographical movie of legendary beauty Marilyn Monroe (played by Mira Sorvino), Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996). She subsequently played Matthew McConaugheys frustrated wife in Joel Schumachers screen version of John Grishams best-selling first novel, A Time to Kill (with Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock) and costarred with Luke Perry, playing his self-destructive, live-wire wife, in John McNaughtons Normal Life (film sold to HBO).

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Bruce A. Evans comedy action film Kuffs (1992, starring Christian Slater) was Judds big screen debut performance. She initially was offered a bigger role, but after learning there was a nude scene, Judd took the smaller part of a wife of paint storeowner. She also made her TV movie debut in an adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi and Ken Hurwitzs book, NBCs Till Death Us Do Part.

In December of 1999, Ashley became engaged to professional car racer Dario Franchitti (born on May 10, 1973). The couple exchanged wedding vows on December 12, 2001, at Skibo Castle near Dornoch, in Sutherland, Scotland. A vegetarian since 1997, Judd is an enthusiast of the Cockapoo breed of dog and has a dog named Buttermilk and a tabby named Buttercup. She now lives on a 100-year-old farm in Tennessee, where she enjoys her hobbies: running, rock climbing, mountain hiking, yoga, gardening and cooking.

The new millennium watched Ashley Judd costar as one of Natalie Portmans friends in Matt Williams adaptation of Billie Letts novel, the romantic drama Where the Heart Is and star as young, big-city journalist Fredericka Rose in the TV movie version of Arthur Millers play, The Ryan Interview. Afterward, she starred as the pseudonymous sex columnist in Tony Goldwyns romantic comedy, adopted from Laura Zigmans novel, Someone Like You (2001, opposite Greg Kinnear) and reunited with Morgan Freeman to play high powered lawyer Claire Kubik in Carl Franklins adaptation of Joseph Finders novel, High Crimes (2002).

In 1995, Wayne Wang cast her to play Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channings pregnant, drug-addicted daughter in his dramatic comedy Smoke. Judd also appeared in the music video of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, sang on the soundtrack by Jerry Garcia. That same year, director Michael Mann gave her the role of Val Kilmers wife in his epic crime movie Heat (starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino).

More recent, Ashley Judd played the lead role of a police officer and daughter of a serial killer in Philip Kaufmans thriller Twisted (with Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia) and became the wife of legendary American composer Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) in Academy Award winning director Irwin Winklers musical biopic De-Lovely. Soon, Judd will star in writer-director Joey Lauren Adams upcoming romantic drama Come Early Morning and in William Friedkins thriller, adopted from Tracy Letts play, Bug (with Lynn Collins and Harry Connick Jr.).

Gifted actress Ashley Judd played the titular role in the Indy hit Ruby in Paradise (1993). Debuting with a bit part in Kuffs (1992), Judd later gained more recognition for starring in such hit films as Smoke (1995), Heat (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Eye of the Beholder (1999), Someone Like You (2001) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).

I was always told I was special and I was also assured that I had a gift and a purpose. Ashley Judd

During their tour, Ashley frequently stayed with her maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents, and sometimes lived with her father in Louisville. She also traveled with the Judds and earned $10 per day to clean their tour bus.

Ruby Lee Gissing, a young woman who decides to take her fate in her own hands by touring the Florida coast, was Ashley Judds breakthrough role. She played the title role in writer-director Victor Nunezs acclaimed independent drama Ruby in Paradise (1993) and won the 1994 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress. Judd originally had a role in Oliver Stones Natural Born Killers (1994, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), but her scene as the murder witness was deleted and only appeared in its video release in 1996. Meanwhile, Judd costarred with Brendan Fraser as his object of affection in Philip Ridleys direct-to-video semi-erotic thriller The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) and made her Broadway debut in a revival of William Inges play Picnic.

The daughter and half-sister of country singers Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd starred in the recent films Twisted, and De-Lovely, and will soon appear in the upcoming Come Early Morning, and Bug. She was also seen starring on Broadway as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004).

When I told my mom I wanted to act, her immediate response was, No, no, no, no. When I asked her why she said, You love to read books. Become an anthropologist. Then I said, Mom, Im going to become an actress no matter what you say. Its funny because now my mother tells interviewers that she knew I was going to become an actress since I was a little girl. Ashley Judd

The daughter of country singer Naomi Judd (a.k.a. Diana Judd; former member of the Judds) and marketing specialist Michael Ciminella, Ashley Tyler Ciminella was born on April 19, 1968, in Los Angeles, California. After her parents divorce in 1972, Ashley and her older sister Wynonna Judd (a.k.a. Christina Claire Judd; singer; born 1964) followed their mother to rural Kentucky where they lived in poverty, without running water, electricity, or a telephone. Ashley amused herself by reading books, while her mother and sister preferred to sing.

American actress Ashley Judd is a single women, but she still holds strong feelings for her estranged husband Dario Franchitti.The pair became engaged in December 1999 while Franchitti was racing in t…

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Initially intending to join the Peace Corps, Ashley Judd turned her interest toward acting due to her sisters encouragement. After her first TV appearance in a variety special starring her mother and sister, The Judds: Across the Heartland, in 1989, Ashley tried her luck in acting by moving in Los Angeles a year later. While studying acting at the esteemed Playhouse West School in L.A, she worked as a hostess at the local popular restaurant Ivy.

I enjoy being married. We feel very blessed and were having a great time. Ashley Judd

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Green-eyed, brown/blond-haired Ashley stands at 5 7 tall and has 34B-24-35 measurements. One of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People In The World (1996, 2000 and 2002) and 25 Most Intriguing People (1999), as well as one of FHM Magazines 100 Sexiest Women in the World (2002), Judd landed a lucrative deal with cosmetic giant Estee Lauder in mid 2004.

Lone Star Film & Television Awards: Best Supporting Actress, The Locusts, 1998

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Female Lead, Ruby in Paradise, 1994

My mothers into frilly dresses, frilly eyelashes and hairstyles from the 70s. Im more contemporary. We always seem to argue about that. She wants me to be her clone. But I have to be an individual. Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd became Vince Vaughns love admiration in John Patrick Kelleys The Locusts (alongside Kate Capshaw and Jeremy Davies) and teamed with Morgan Freeman as escaped kidnap victim, medical intern Dr. Kate McTiernan, in Gary Fleders adaptation of James Pattersons novel, the thriller Kiss the Girls (both in 1997). The next year, she portrayed Rebecca Wenteworth in Mark Steven Johnsons film, inspired by John Irvings A Prayer For Owen Meany, the well-received dramatic comedy Simon Birch (1998, played by Ian Michael Smith).

The rest of the 1990s saw Judd portraying a serial killer of men in Australian writer-director Stephan Elliotts film, based on the novel by Marc Behm, the voyeuristic thriller Eye of the Beholder, and starring as an ex-convict in Bruce Beresfords thriller Double Jeopardy (with Tommy Lee Jones). She also provided her voice for the animated video Our Friend, Martin.

I cant think of anything I want and need that I dont already have. But at the same time, Im not sated. Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd – Big Stone Gap screening in NYC 9/24/2015

Ashley Judd has sparked rumours she is reuniting with her estranged husband Dario Franchitti.The Dolphin Tale actress, who announced she had separated from the Scottish racing car driver after 11 ye…

Ashley Judd, nicknamed Ash, was named after Ashland, Kentucky, and is an eighth-generation Kentuckian. She attended 12 schools in 13 years and eventually became a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Kentucky (1990, B.A in French), where she is also a fan of the schools basketball team. She also signed up with the Playhouse West School and Theater Company in Los Angeles, California.

Next came the blockbuster Southern dramatic comedy Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002, also starring Sandra Bullock and Ellen Burstyn ). Judd then nabbed an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for playing famed Italian photographer Tina Modotti in Julie Taymors version of Hayden Herreras book, the true story of Mexican painter and 20th century icon Frida (2002, starring Salma Hayek).

When Ashley was 15 years old, her mother and sister signed their first record deal with RCA as the country-singing duo the Judds.

Her personal life has been linked to such names as actors Lyle Lovett (also singer; b. November 1, 1957), Matthew McConaughey (b. November 4, 1969) and Robert De Niro (b. August 17, 1943), pop singer Michael Bolton (b. February 26, 1954) and professional athlete Brady Anderson (played centerfield with the Baltimore Orioles). Ashley Judd is currently the wife of car-racer Dario Franchitti.

After an appearance in the L.A. stage production of Welcome Home, Soldier, Judd made her TV debut playing the reoccurring role of Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 episodes of the syndicated sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. That same year, she won the regular role of Reed Halsey, Swoosie Kurtzs daughter, on the NBC drama series Sisters and stayed on the series for the next three seasons (1991-1994).

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