Ashley Judd: biography
Ashley Judd is a famous American actress, winner of such awards as "Independent Spirit" and "Lone Star Film & Television Awards". She also was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe and Saturn Awards. Ashley Tyler Ciminella was born on April 19, 1968, in the little known but diverse district Granada Hills, in San Fernando Valley, in southern California, near Los Angeles.
The mother of the actress, Naomi Judd is a famous American country singer and actress, famous for her roles in the films "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996), "Touched by an Angel" (2000), "Someone like You" (2001) and "Frazier" (2002). The father of Ashley, Michael Charles Ciminella, a Sicilian by birth, worked as a trader and also as a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry. It is known that Ashley's grandmother on the paternal line was a descendant of the Plymouth colony pilgrim William Brewster.
Four-year-old Ashley and her sister Wynonna were brought up by their mother because the relationship between Michael and Diana were not very good. In 1972, the couple divorced and Naomi gave the daughters her surname. The family was not rich because at that time Judd was unemployed. She began her creative biography only in the 1980s. It is known that the future actress lived in different cities and changed 12 schools. The financial situation of the family improved when Ashley was 14 years old: Naomi and Wynonna sang a song, which became popular.
During her school holidays, young Ashley worked as a model in Japan. After school, the girl entered the University of Kentucky, which is located in Lexington. Earlier, another famous actor, Harry Stanton, graduated from this university. Ashley studied at the Faculty of French Language and Literature, and also was interested in anthropology, art history and theater.
However, for personal reasons, Judd left the university in 1990 and went to Hollywood, where she studied with acting teacher Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West. Later, the girl again entered the university and received a diploma in 2007. In Los Angeles, Ashley worked as a hostess in the restaurant "Ivy". She accompanied guests to the tables and served a menu. It is also known that Judd lived in a rented house in Malibu, which burned down in 1993. Later, the girl moved to Tennessee, where she lived with her mother and sister.
At the beginning of her career, Ashley played secondary roles in the series. In 1991, the actress starred in the popular series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" by Gene Roddenberry. She worked with famous film stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Denise Crosby and many other actors. Also, Judd played a small role in the series "Sisters." In the same 1991, Ashley appeared in the criminal picture "Kuffs", in which Milla Jovovich and Christian Slater starred.
Three years later, Judd starred in the comedy "Smoke", which consists of five short films. Also, Ashley appeared in the action movie "Natural Born Killers" (1994), where Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr. also starred. In 1996, Ashley played the main role in the film “Norma Jean & Marilyn”, which tells about the life of the famous Hollywood blonde, the sex symbol of 50s Marilyn Monroe.
Then Judd appeared in the thriller of the famous director Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill." The eccentric film, in which also appeared Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson, tells about a father who wanted to revenge for his raped ten-year-old daughter at all costs. In 1997, Ashley took part in the drama of John Patrick Kelly "Locust". The plot of the film is not trivial: Clay Hewitt moves to a provincial American town, where he lives on the farm of Mrs. Pots.
But the young man didn’t know that he will meet the son of this woman - a boy Letun, who does not say a word and moves around the house like a shadow. Then Judd starred in the detective film "Kiss the Girls" (1997), where she played along with Morgan Freeman in the main role. This drama tells about a maniac who kidnaped a girl, and a policeman who should catch him.
In 1999, Ashley appeared in the film "Witness", which tells about the confrontation between the special agent Steve Wilson with a nickname Observer (Ewan McGregor) and the beautiful brown-haired Eris, who is suspected of blackmailing a government official. However, it was difficult for the young man with his analytical mind and suitcase with spying electronics to solve the case, since Eris is a professional and changes her image quickly.
Ashley Judd liked to play in psychological thrillers. So she agreed to participate in the criminal film by Bruce Beresford "Double Jeopardy." The actress played Libby Parsons, a woman who was imprisoned for a crime she did not commit: she was accused of killing her husband. After six years of imprisonment, Elizabeth was released. The girl's only goal is a hope of revenge. Also, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Michelle Stafford and other Hollywood stars appeared in the film.
In 2000, Ashley Judd appeared in the film “Where the Heart Is” by Matt Williams, which tells of the pregnant girl Novalee (Natalie Portman), whose boyfriend left her in Sequoia near the Wal-Mart store during their trip to California. Novalee had no money, so she decided to secretly live in the supermarket. In addition to Judd, Joan Cusack, Keith David, Dylan Bruno, Sally Field, James Frain and other actors played in this film.
In 2002, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman again starred together in a thriller, this time in the film "High Crimes" by Carl Franklin. The actress played the role of Claire Kubic - a loving wife and a successful lawyer. In 2004, Ashley, along with Salma Hayek, Geoffrey Rush and Antonio Banderas played in the biographical drama "Frida", which tells about the life of the famous Mexican artist.
Of course, Judd is a magnificent actress. In "Witness" she was a dangerous criminal, then in the film by Philip Kaufman "Twisted" Ashley played the role of an officer Jessica Shepard. However, the girl didn’t understand that she may become the next victim.
In 2006, Ashley Judd changed her repertoire and appeared in the romantic melodrama by Joey Lauren Adams "Come Early Morning". The actress played the role of the employee of the construction company Lucy Fowler, who after work comes to a bar. The life of this girl is ordinary, but everything changes overnight after she met the young man Cal Percell (Jeffrey Donovan).
In 2006, the actress starred in the movie "Bug". The plot is based on Agnes (originally this role was proposed to Jodie Foster). Ashley also played in the drama "The Crossing" (2008), the family film "Tooth Fairy" (2010), the science fiction "Divergent" (2014), the series "The Disappeared" (2012) and many other films.
In 1999, Judd married a famous racing driver Dario Franchitti. Several years later, the couple filed for divorce.
It is known that Ashley has no children:
"I decided that I do not want to have a child. All children who are already born by someone else are mine. It makes no sense to give birth to my "own" children, when there are so many orphans and abandoned children in the world who need love, attention, time and care, " - the girl confessed in an interview.
Ashley is a philanthropist; she often gives money to charity. Among other things, Judd loves to cook and has a small garden. On her official page on the Instagram, the girl shares photos of her everyday life. It is also known that Judd loves to experiment with appearance: the actress often changes haircuts.
Ashley Judd nowadays
In 2016, Ashley played in the third part of the franchise "The Divergent Series: Allegiant", where she worked with Shailene Woodley and Theo James. In 2017, Judd appeared in the legendary TV series “Twin Peaks”, a continuation of the cult drama by David Lynch.
It is noteworthy that in the sequel many of the former actors who played 25 years ago also starred: Kimmy Robertson, Sherilyn Fenn, Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Carel Struycken, etc.
- "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1991);
- "Sisters" (1991-1994);
- "A Time to kill" (1996);
- "Locust" (1997);
- "The Witness" (1999);
- "Where the heart is" (2000);
- "High Crimes" (2002);
- "Amnesia" (2004);
- "Bug" (2006);
- "The Crossing" (2008);
- “The Tooth Fairy” (2010);
- "The Disappeared" (2012);
- "Divergent" (2014);
- “Twin Peaks” (2017).