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: 04/18/1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA


Actor (71)

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)


The Identical 2014 (Movie)

Louise Wade (Actor)

A Fierce Green Fire 2013 (Movie)


Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Margaret Asher (Actor)

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


Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Lorraine Nelson (Actor)

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Kaitlin (Actor)

Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 (Tv Show)


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)


Bug 2007 (Movie)

Agnes White (Actor)

Iconoclasts 2007 (Tv Show)


The 2007 ESPY Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Come Early Morning 2006 (Movie)

Lucille Fowler (Actor)

Tracking the Monster 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

Linda Porter (Actor)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

Jessica Shepard (Actor)

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


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


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)


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


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


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


Eye of the Beholder 2000 (Movie)

Joanna Eris (Actor)

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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


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


Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Lexie Coop (Actor)

Double Jeopardy 1999 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Wynonna 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


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


Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

Rebecca Wenteworth (Actor)

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


VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Kate McTiernan (Actor)

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


The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Carla Brigance (Actor)

Normal Life 1996 (Movie)

Pam Anderson (Actor)

Wynonna: revelations 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Heat 1995 (Movie)

Charlene (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Felicity (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(director's cut) (Actor)

Sisters 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)


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)


Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)


Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)


The Ryan Interview (TV Show)


Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Director (1)

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

Music (1)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

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


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.


Brady Anderson Actor

No longer dating

Michael Bolton Actor

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

Michael Ciminella

Divorced Ashley's mother Naomi in 1972

Dario Franchitti Actor

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

Wynonna Judd Actor

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

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

Lyle Lovett Actor

Briefly dated in early 1990s No longer together

Matthew McConaughey Actor

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

Larry Strickland Actor



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



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


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


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


Published memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet


Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in "Tooth Fairy"


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


Co-starred in psychological thriller "Bug"


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


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


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


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


Portrayed photographer Tina Modotti opposite Salma Hayek as "Frida"


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


Re-teamed with Morgan Freeman for "High Crimes"


Played lead role in romantic comedy "Someone Like You"


Played a serial killer in "Eye of the Beholder"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Played Val Kilmer's straying wife in "Heat"


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


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


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


Portrayed title character and narrator of "Ruby in Paradise"


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


Landed first film role in "Kuffs"


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


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


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


Moved to back to Los Angeles


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


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


Was living in Los Angeles, CA when father left family

Moved frequently between California, Kentucky, and Tennessee

Bonus Trivia


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


"I'm very similar to my mother and sister, but in ways that may not be readily apparent." – Judd to Vanity Fair magazine, April 1996


"I know when I'm working on a performance, I'll go sideways for a while before I go straight up. If I'm trying something in a take and it's not working for me, I will absolutely exhaust the idea in myself before a change will occur to me. And I almost need to do that. It's the way my neurons work." – Judd quoted in Interview magazine, September 1998


"I have raised two very independent, strong-willed women. Wynonna and I happen to agree on issues in the entertainment industry regarding nudity, sex and violence. Ashley is much more liberal." – mother, Naomi Judd in USA Today, Aug. 16, 1999


"Judd's strengths come across particularly well onscreen. She is extremely beautiful and can handle physical roles. She has a unisex quality." – Philip Kaufman who directed Ashley Judd in "Twister" to The San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2004


"When it came down to it I was fairly nervous. I was too dumb to panic. You know, we actors have fairly healthy egos: 'Oh sure, I can do that, no problem. Gain 30 lbs., sing a song, ride a horse, jump off a building, no worries.'" – Judd, on singing in her new movie, "De-Lovely" to People magazine, July 6, 2004


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."


"Someone recently told me that there are three kinds of business; God's business, other people's business, and my own business. When I get myself in trouble is when I get involved in the first two. I think that living life on life's terms is a really important slogan for me at the moment." – Judd to Interview magazine, January 2007


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