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Ashley Judd began life on the move, literally.
She 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. They 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
Judd, then, on her singer-sister’s advice,
went directly to Los Angeles at age 23, where her impressive self-assurance
got her an immediate agency contract.
She netted a movie part at her first audition, in Kuffs (1992).
Her refusal to do a nude scene for that film didn’t 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).
Judd’s next performance, in the movie
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.
Further quality films followed for the actor, deemed an “intellectual
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 Monroe in TV’s
Jean and Marilyn.
Judd’s star status has been since cemented
The Girls (1997), The
Locusts (1997), Simon Birch (1998), Double
Jeopardy (1999), and Eye
of the Beholder (2000).
The popular actor shuns the celebrity side of stardom for her confessed “...fear of fans and fear of intrusiveness...” A 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. Coming up for the actor are the movies Dexterity, Where The Heart Is, Animal Husbandry and The Notebook. Judd’s 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’s poised for Hollywood greatness.
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