Date of Birth: April 19, 1968
Growing up in Kentucky, Ashley Judd's family was dirt-poor without the comforts of
electricity, running water, or a telephone. While mom Naomi and sister Wynonna sang
on the front porch, Ashley generally engrossed herself in her books, pretending to be
Judd studied French at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with Phi Beta
Kappa honors in 1990. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, she marched straight into an
agency and came out signed. After her first bit part in Kuffs she landed a starring
role in Ruby in Paradise, a coming-of-age film that won the Grand Jury Prize
(along with Public Access) at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival; Judd also earned an
Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of the title character.
In the summer of 1996, she appeared in A Time to Kill, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra
Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. Later that year, she starred opposite Luke Perry in
Normal Life, for which she received critical acclaim. Also in 1996, Judd received
an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Norma
Jean in HBO's Norma Jean and Marilyn.
With solid supporting performances in good movies Smoke, Heat and A Time To Kill,
her big-screen profile grew ever larger in 1997, with a starring turn opposite Morgan
Freeman in the Kiss the Girls, and one opposite Vince Vaughn in The Locusts.
Judd made her debut theater performance in the Naked Angel's production of Busted,
directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in William Inge's
Pulitzer Prize winning play, Picnic, at the Roundabout Theater Company while
simultaneously filming a supporting role in Smoke, portraying the daughter of Harvey
Keitel and Stockard Channing.
More recently, she has played starring roles in films such as Someone Like You (2001) and Twisted (2004).
She is marrried to Dario Franchitti, a race car driver.
Come Early Morning (2006)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Someone Like You
Where the Heart Is
Eye of the Beholder
Kiss the Girls (1997)
The Locusts (1997)
Normal Life (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)