Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$22 million
Date Of BirthApril 19, 1968
SpouseDario Franchitti
MarkNatural brunette hair
FactIn India, on an AIDS awareness campaign. [March 2007]
PaymentsEarned $4,000,000 from Someone Like You... (2001)

Ashley Judd is an American actress and political activist. She grew up in a family of performers—her mother is country music singer Naomi Judd and her sister is actress Wynonna Judd. Judd began her acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in a number of made-for-television movies and miniseries. She made her film debut in 1992’s Kuffs, and went on to star in such films as Ruby in Paradise (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Heat (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), and High Crimes (2002).

In addition to her work in film, Judd has also appeared on television, in such series as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sisters, and Missing. She has also been active as a political activist, working with such organizations as the ONE Campaign and Amnesty International.

Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, and she was raised by her mother and her maternal grandparents in Kentucky. Judd began acting at an early age, appearing in a number of community theater productions. She made her professional debut in 1986, appearing in an episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

After graduating from high school, Judd moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She made her film debut in 1992’s Kuffs, and went on to star in such films as Ruby in Paradise (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Heat (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), and High Crimes (2002). Judd has also appeared on television, in such series as Sisters, and Missing.

In addition to her work as an actress, Judd has also been active as a political activist. She is a member of the board of directors of the international aid organization Oxfam America, and has also worked with the ONE Campaign and Amnesty International.

Judd has been married twice. Her first marriage, to actor Dario Franchitti, ended in divorce after 10 years. She married racecar driver Michael Jordan in 2001, and the couple have two children together.

General Info

Full NameAshley Judd
Net Worth$22 million
Date Of BirthApril 19, 1968
Height1.7 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Voice Actor, Spokesperson, Political activist
EducationPaul G. Blazer High School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Sayre School, University of Kentucky, Franklin High School


SpouseDario Franchitti
ParentsMichael C. Ciminella, Naomi Judd
SiblingsWynonna Judd


AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Ac...
MoviesDouble Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls, Divergent, High Crimes, Someone like You, Big Stone Gap, Where the Heart Is, Frida, A Time to Kill, Dolphin Tale, De-Lovely, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Ruby in Paradise, Twisted, Heat, Tooth Fairy, Olympus Has Fallen, Simon Birch, Eye of the Beholder, Cr...
TV ShowsMissing, Sisters

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#Marks / Signs
1Natural brunette hair


Someone Like You... (2001)$4,000,000
Eye of the Beholder (1999)$1,000,000
Kiss the Girls (1997)$450,000


1It's unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries.


1[2014] She is no longer a vegetarian. Interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) (March 18, 2014) she talked about going to Perini's Steakhouse in Texas and ordering "everything on the menu.".
2Cambridge, MA, USA: Enrolled at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government to earn a one-year Mid-Career Master's degree in Public Administration (MC/MPA). [August 2009]
3The global ambassador for YouthAIDS, an international health initiative to raise awareness and combat the spread of H.I.V./AIDS. [November 2004]
4In India, on an AIDS awareness campaign. [March 2007]
5She is writing a guest column in the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald Leader about her beloved University of Kentucky 'Wildcats' basketball team. [March 2005]
6Her paternal grandfather was the son of Sicilian-Italian immigrants. The remainder of her ancestry is English, along with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, and Swiss-German.
7A descendant on her mother's side of Edward Seymour whose sister Jane was married to Henry VIII. She also descends from John of Gaunt (who was the son of King Edward III) and his third wife Katharine De Roet Swynford.
8Has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky [April 12, 2013].
9Has co-starred with Morgan Freeman in four films (Kiss the Girls (1997), High Crimes (2002), Dolphin Tale (2011) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013)).
10On January 29, 2013, Judd and Dario Franchitti announced that they were divorcing with this statement: "We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity and respect we have always enjoyed.".
11On the television show Who Do You Think You Are? (2010), Ashley wanted to learn more about her father's side of the family. She discovered that her third great grandfather was a union soldier in the Civil War who was taken prisoner twice and had his leg cut off after a battlefield injury. On another branch of her father's family, she discovered that she descends from a man who was on the Mayflower who had been imprisoned in England.
12Ashley and her ex-husband, Dario Franchitti, were close friends with Dan Wheldon.
13Received a Mid-Career Master's degree in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard University in May 2010; this is a one-year course of study.
14She was the "Not My Job" contestant for October 9, 2009 on the National Public Radio program "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!".
15Was among 4,000 students who graduated on May 6, 2007 from the University of Kentucky. Attended the university from 1986 to 1990 but left one course shy of graduation. Finished the work 17 years later and received a Bachelor's degree in French.
16Her ex-husband, Indy car racer Dario Franchitti, won the Indianapolis 500 in 2007, 2010 and 2012. He is the seventh man to win three times at Indy. Franchitti is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland.
17In February 2006, she started a 47-day stay for the treatment of long-term depression in a Texas rehab center. (source: Entertainment Weekly, issue #934, May 18, 2007).
18Named #77 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
19Visited Guatemala from 2 May 2006 to 5 May 2006, along with Salma Hayek and Colombian singer Juanes, as part of a Youth/AIDS campaign.
20Presented all the clues on the 'The World AIDS Crisis' category on the 12/2/2005 episode of the game show Jeopardy! (1984).
21Was once considered for the female lead in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
22Though she appeared in only two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), her character was loved by fans. Her image even appears on the Star Trek book "End Game" (Star Trek New Frontier, No 4) by Peter David.
23Gave testimony to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "Stopping Cross Generational Sex and Sexual Violence to Protect Young Women from AIDS in Developing Countries: A Call to Action", June 23, 2005, as Global Ambassador for Youth AIDS and member of the Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI).
24Worldwide Spokesperson for Youth AIDS International.
25Presented to the National Press Club on June 22, 2005 as a spokesperson for Youth AIDS International.
26Good friends with Salma Hayek and Joey Lauren Adams.
27Publicly announced her engagement to racer Dario Franchitti; they had been engaged since December 1999. (December 2001) Married at Skibo Castle near Dornoch, in Sutherland, Scotland, the same castle that hosted Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie a year earlier. [April 2000]
28Is an enthusiast of the 'cockapoo' breed of dog (cross-bred cocker spaniels and poodles). Has a dog named "Buttermilk" and a tabby named "Buttercup".
29[1997] Became a vegetarian because a friend told her that "you eat the animal's fear".
30Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. (Her name was misspelled on the ballot as "Ashey Judd" by the way.) She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Twisted (2004), she did not receive a nomination however.
31She was able to play both a teenager and a thirty-year-old in the role of Vivian "Vivi" Walker in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).
32Drove from Memphis, Tennessee to Los Angeles, California at age 22 to begin her rise to fame.
33Introduced Gloria Steinem at the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2004.
34Her first screen kiss was with Wil Wheaton on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
35Models a Hello Kitty t-shirt with the words "Handle with Care" printed on the front. Proceeds go to the Youth AIDS Foundation. (2003).
36Turned down the role of "Catwoman" in Catwoman (2004) so she could star as "Maggie" in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.
37Bakes chocolate chip cookies as a means to relieve stress.
38Modeled her "This is What a Feminist Looks Like" t-shirt for the Ms. Foundation and Ms. Online (, as have Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim and Margaret Cho.
39Worked as a waitress at the trendy 'Ivy' restaurant while studying the Sanford Meisner technique of acting at Playhouse West in Los Angeles.
40Ranked #20 in FHM Magazine's 100 "Sexiest Women in the World." (2002)
41She is an entomologist.
42A self-proclaimed feminist
43Named one of the "25 Most Intriguing People" by People magazine. [1999]
44Fractured her right ankle when she was thrown from a horse's saddle in Franklin, Tennessee. She was hospitalized for two days. [November 1993]
45She had a role in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994), but it was left on the cutting room floor.
46Could 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, the producer who wanted her on the sitcom.
47Speaks French fluently.
48Replaced Jodie Foster for the lead in Double Jeopardy (1999).
49Was named after Ashland, Kentucky and is an eighth-generation Kentuckian.
50Her mother, Naomi Judd, has publicly objected to many of Ashley's movies because they contain either profanity, nudity, sex or violence.
51Known to be a avid fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, once not showering because she felt it would jinx them. For a cheerleading scene in her movie Someone Like You... (2001), she uses the Wildcats' cheerleaders' cheer routine, and thanks them in the credits.
52(1996, 2000 and 2002) Named one of "The 50 Most Beautful People in the World" by People magazine.
53Her father, Michael Ciminella, a marketing specialist in the horseracing industry, divorced Naomi Judd in 1972.
54Mother and sister are country singers Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd. She once worked cleaning her mother's and sister's tour bus for $10 a day.
55She attended 12 schools in 13 years before college. She was a sister of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Kentucky, where she majored in French and minored in cultural anthropology, art history, theater and women's studies. She left a few credits shy of graduating in 1990, when she decided to drive cross-country to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
56Her hobbies are running, rock climbing, mountain hiking, yoga, gardening and cooking.
57Turned 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."




Twin Peaks2017TV SeriesBeverly Paige
Barry2016/IIAnn Dunham
Good Kids2016/IGabby
Big Stone Gap2014Ave Maria Mulligan
Dolphin Tale 22014Lorraine Nelson
The Identical2014Louise Wade
Salvation2014TV MovieJennifer Strickland
Olympus Has Fallen2013Margaret Asher
Missing2012TV SeriesBecca Winstone
Dolphin Tale2011Lorraine Nelson
Tooth Fairy2010/ICarly
Crossing Over2009Denise Frankel
Helen2009Helen Leonard
Bug2006Agnes White
Come Early Morning2006Lucille Fowler
De-Lovely2004Linda Porter
Twisted2004/IJessica Shepard
Frida2002Tina Modotti
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood2002Younger Vivi
High Crimes2002Claire Kubik
Someone Like You...2001Jane Goodale
The Ryan Interview2000TV MovieFredericka Rose
Where the Heart Is2000Lexie Coop
Our Friend, Martin1999VideoMrs. Dale (voice)
Double Jeopardy1999Libby
Eye of the Beholder1999Joanna
Simon Birch1998Rebecca Wenteworth
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesCornelia
Kiss the Girls1997Dr. Kate McTiernan
The Locusts1997Kitty
A Time to Kill1996Carla Brigance
Dick Richards1996ShortJulie
Norma Jean & Marilyn1996TV MovieNorma Jean Dougherty
Normal Life1996Pam Anderson
Heat1995Charlene Shiherlis
The Passion of Darkly Noon1995Callie
Natural Born Killers1994Grace Mulberry (scenes deleted)
Sisters1991-1994TV SeriesReed Halsey
Ruby in Paradise1993Ruby Lee Gissing
Till Death Us Do Part1992TV MovieGwen Fox
Kuffs1992Wife of Paint Store Owner
Star Trek: The Next Generation1991TV SeriesEnsign Robin Lefler


Missing2012TV Series co-executive producer - 7 episodes


Call Me Crazy: A Five Film2013TV Movie segment "Maggie"


De-Lovely2004performer: "In the Still of the Night" 1937, "Well Did You Evah!" 1939, "True Love" 1955


Frida2002choreographer: Tango - as Judd


The Eyes of Thailand2012Documentary very special thanks
San Francisco: Scene of the Crime2004Video documentary short special thanks


The Daily Show2002-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose2000-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2002-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Heart of America Tour2004Documentary shortHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHerself
March Madness Uncensored2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1997-2003TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Narrator
Famous2003TV SeriesHerself
High Crimes: Together Again2002Video shortHerself
Revealed with Jules Asner2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
Bluegrass Basketball2002TV Movie documentaryHerself (voice)
The Season2002TV Mini-SeriesHerself
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentary shortHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: 'Chocolat' Film Clip
Killing Priscilla2000Video documentaryHerself
An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell2000TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Making of 'Double Jeopardy'2000Video documentary shortHerself
VH1 Divas Live 21999TV Special documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHerself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Achievement Awards
Moviewatch1998TV Series documentaryHerself
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
1997 VH1 Fashion Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese1997TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
Maury1994-1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Emporio Armani: A Private Party1996TV MovieHerself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge1995TV MovieHerself - Narrator (voice)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1994TV SeriesHerself
The Judds Farewell Concert1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Probe Team1989TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Dolphin Tale 2
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2004-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2012-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Insurgent Unlocked: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes Access2015Video documentaryHerself - 'Natalie'
Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Path Appears2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
Scientists You Must Know2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - Dolphin Tale 2 / Herself
The Stars Are Aligned2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Bringing 'Divergent' to Life2014Video documentary
Divergent: Beyond the Initiation2014Video documentary shortHerself
Divergent: Faction Before Blood2014Video documentary shortHerself
Divergent: Faction Fashions2014Video documentary shortHerself
SEC Storied2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHerself
Love Is a Verb2014DocumentaryNarrator
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Civil War 3602013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Host
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Eyes of Thailand2012DocumentaryNarrator
Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign2012ShortHerself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Fierce Green Fire2012DocumentaryNarrator
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rachael Ray2010-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Who Do You Think You Are?2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2009-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs2009Video documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
For the Next 7 Generations2009DocumentaryNarrator
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial2009TV SpecialHerself
Call + Response2008DocumentaryHerself
Iconoclasts2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
HypaSpace2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesHerself - Youth AIDS Ambassador
CMT Greatest Moments: Wynonna2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Women2006TV SpecialHerself
The Reichen Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Jeopardy!2005TV SeriesHerself
VH1 News Presents: Tracking the Monster - Ashley Judd and India.Arie Confront AIDS in Africa2005TV MovieHerself
The Making of 'Heat'2005Video documentaryHerself
Beyond the Glory2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
Pacino and DeNiro: The Conversation2005Video documentary shortHerself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture [Musical or Comedy]
4Pop2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Creating a Twisted Web of Intrigue2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Inspectors: Clues to the Crime2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself
MythBusters2010TV Series documentaryDr. Kate McTiernan
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself - Patriot (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHerself - at 2004 Cannes Film Festival (uncredited)
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Coming Attractions2004TV SeriesHerself
Celebrities Uncensored2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1989TV SeriesHerself from Bob Hope Christmas Special


Won Awards

2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - SuspenseDouble Jeopardy (1999)
1998Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Locusts (1997)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressRuby in Paradise (1993)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadRuby in Paradise (1993)

Nominated Awards

2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieMissing (2012)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressMissing (2012)
2011Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActressTooth Fairy (2010)
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressBug (2006)
2007Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ActressBug (2006)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalDe-Lovely (2004)
2005Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Feature FilmDe-Lovely (2004)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
2003Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Theatrical Feature FilmDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
2002Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Fake Accent: FemaleFrida (2002)
2000MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Female PerformanceDouble Jeopardy (1999)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - VideoKiss the Girls (1997)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - SuspenseKiss the Girls (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, DramaKiss the Girls (1997)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNorma Jean & Marilyn (1996)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialNorma Jean & Marilyn (1996)

2nd Place Awards

1994NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressRuby in Paradise (1993)
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressRuby in Paradise (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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