Judd began life on the move, literally attended 12 schools
in 13 years, living, by times, in dirt poor Kentucky back-woods
surroundings with her single mother and half-sister. She turned
to reading and the rest of her family, Naomi and Wynonna Judd,
turned to singing. article
rocketed to fame as the country duo, The Judds, and little
sister Ashley was afforded the chance to attended the University
of Kentucky, from which she graduated with honours in 1990
Judd, then, on her singer-sisters advice, went directly to
Los Angeles at age 23, where her impressive self-assurance
got her an immediate agency contract.
netted a movie part at her first audition, in Kuffs (1992).
Her refusal to do a nude scene for that film didnt hurt her
career at all -- she went on to the title role in Ruby in
Paradise (1993), for which she received a New York Film Critics
Circle award for Best Actress and a Sundance Film Festival
Independent Spirit award. In the meantime, she accepted recurring
roles in the quality television shows Star Trek: The Next
Generation (episodes 102 and 106, 1991), and Sisters (1991
- 1994), and a part in the TV movie Til Death Do Us Part (1992).
Judds next performance, in the movie Natural Born Killers(1994),
was too good -- it was cut for being too intense for a general
audience. Judd, as the only character left alive in the scene,
was the sole reason for that intensity.
quality films followed for the actor, deemed an intellectual
pin-up moke (1995), Heat (1995),The Passion of Darkly Noon(1995),
A Time To Kill (1996), and Normal Life(1996).She received
both an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for
her portrayal of Marilyn Monroein Norma Jean and Marilyn Judd
star status has been since cemented with Kiss The Girls(1997),
The Simon Birch 1998), Double Jeopardy (1999), andEye of the
Beholder(2000). The popular actor shuns the celebrity side
of stardom for her confessed... fear of fans and fear of intrusiveness...
stalker incident in September, 1999, further reinforced those
fears. Scary or not, though, her fan base continues to grow
with each role, and includes not only audiences, but critics
and industry peers as well.
up for the actor are the movies Dexterity, Where The Heart
Is, Animal Husbandry and The Notebook Judd inherited beauty,
brains and talent, and her own unique rural-urban sophistication
have taken this rags-to-riches fairy-tale heroine to the heights
of the acting profession. She poised for Hollywood greatness.
2000) Publicly announced her engagement to racer Dario Franchitti;
they have been engaged since December 1999.
Is a vegetarian
Turned down a larger role in _Kuffs (1992)_ because she
was asked to do nude scenes. She responded, "My mother worked
too hard for me to take my clothes off in my first movie."
She once worked cleaning her mom's and sister's tour bus
for $10 a day.
Hobbies: running, rock climbing, mountain hiking.
(1990) Graduated from the University of Kentucky. She majored
There is a small article of her in the April '96 issue of
She only "sings for her nephew"
Mother and sister are country singers Naomi & Wynonna Judd.
Her father is Michael Ciminella
(1996) Was named one of "The 50 Most Beautful People Ine
The World" by People Magazine
Graduate of the University of Kentucky. Known to be a rabid
fan of UK basketball.
Dated Robert De Niro
Dated Matthew McConaughey
(October 1999) Dating Team Kool Green CART Driver Dario
Her mother, Naomi Judd, has publicly objected to many of
Ashley's movies for the fact that they contain either sex
Attended 12 schools in 13 years
Was named after Ashland, KY
Replaced Jodie Foster for the lead in Double Jeopardy (1999).
Member of Phi Beta Kappa while in college.
Is fluent in French.
Could have had Pamela Anderson's role on "Home Improvement"
(1991), but wanted to concentrate on making it in the movies
instead. She later starred in Where the Heart Is (2000),
which was directed by Matt Williams (II), the producer who
wanted her on the sitcom.
She had a role in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994),
but it was left on the cutting room floor. The movie does
contain evidence that she was in it though.
Dated Michael Bolton (II)