Ashley Judd
American actress
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd is an American television and film actress, humanitarian, political activist, fashion designer, model, and philanthropist. Judd grew up in a family of successful performance artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd.
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Outside Trump's Bubble, Resistance Looms
Huffington Post - 7 days
The gaslight that failed. Our fake president's inaugural speech on January 20 was a one-man orgy of gaslighting. Trump spoke of restoring American greatness while painting an absurd caricature of "American carnage." He crowed about "the people" after losing the popular vote. He spoke of unity while spewing insults. He spoke of "politicians who are all talk and no action" despite his own refusal to stop boasting and feuding and focus on his job. He cried "America first" while happily serving as a Russian asset. He decried the export of American jobs despite the "Made in China" labels on his own clothing line. He decried the state of education after naming a cabinet secretary opposed to public education. He decried dilapidated infrastructure that Republican obstruction made worse. He lied about our military being weak and our borders being undefended. He rhapsodized a calamitous and hypocritical neo-isolationism. He is the fox rebuilding the henhouse. On January ...
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Women's March in DC
Huffington Post - 28 days
The women's march and the inauguration were, in a way, concurrent symbols of what is great about America. First, there was the peaceful transfer of power, and the celebration of this country's free and fair elections. Then, there were those who were unhappy with the results of that election, letting their voices be heard on issues that are important to them. What I do worry about are some of the more extremist elements of either side. Many of the protesters greatly dislike our new President and his supporters and that is their right. But those who held up signs comparing him to a Nazi, or made speeches claiming they wanted to "bomb" the White House are not only wrong, they are completely defeating any sympathy non-marchers might have for their cause. Making incest jokes about the President and his daughter isn't helpful, either, and certainly doesn't convey a message of love. And just so nobody accuses me of being one-sided, anybody who engages in similar behavior on the ri ...
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Ashley Judd: I am a nasty woman
CNN - about 1 month
Ashley Judd speaks at the Women's March on Washington about feminism and inequality one day after President Trump's inauguration.
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Ashley Judd blasts 'whiteness' of emojis
Fox News - about 1 month
Actress says black should be standard
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Ashley Judd is going back to school to get a PhD
CNN - 6 months
Ashley Judd is becoming a student again.
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Pharma Cos. And Celebrities Flood DNC Festivities
Huffington Post - 7 months
by Ashley Balcerzak and Emma Baccellieri Fergie performed after the DNC at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia for a VIP crowd. (Ashley Balcerzak/OpenSecrets) The klieg lights were on full-strength Wednesday at a star-studded lunch highlighting obesity treatment and, later, a Fergie concert, both put on by the Creative Coalition -- with help from pharma giants like Novo Nordisk -- on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. "I think you couple the artistry with celebrity to create a commodity and currency that has tremendous value to raising awareness and advancing the agenda of whatever cause we are backing at that time," said actor William Baldwin, the former president of the Creative Coalition, an entertainment industry advocacy group that focuses on social issues as well as those affecting its members. And the celebrities certainly turned out in force for both events, including actress Ashley Judd, Reid Scott of Veep, Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New ...
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For Philanthropy, Make No Little Plans And Take Bold, Small Actions
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood" - Daniel Burnham I'm currently reading Devil in the White City, a historical non-fiction novel on the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Famous architect Daniel Burnham is the driving force behind the planning and construction of the awe-inspiring buildings and fair where the ferris wheel, shredded wheat and juicy fruit all made their first appearances - just a few of many inventions coming out of the event. In learning more about the fair, I am constantly amazed by the magnitude of the project and inspired by the actions of the men and women who made it possible. The visionaries behind the 'Midway'. The 10,000 people just working on the beautification of the grounds. Those who collected tons and tons of steel to create the giant ferris wheel. I felt something similar as I recently attended Blackbaud's annual philanthropy conference, called BBCON. Now I'm not saying one of the greatest events the world has ever ...
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This Is How Trolls Treat Women On The Internet
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A new Twitter hashtag shows just how rough it is being a woman on the Internet. Online harassment-reporting platform HeartMob asked Twitter users to share their stories using #MyTroll, and the results are truly staggering. Tiared of being silenced by #OnlineHarassment? @heartmobber is collecting personal stories today on the hashtag #mytroll. Share your story. — Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) May 11, 2015 Harassers are everywhere. Any woman who has dared to express an opinion or share a story about her life online has probably been criticized and mocked, if not outright threatened. Some women are persistently harassed by specific, incredibly aggressive trolls who make chilling personal threats. Recently, public figures like actress Ashley Judd and Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian have spoken out about how harassment has changed their lives, and the steps they have taken to protect themselves from threats made over the Internet. Platforms like Twitter have pro ...
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Ashley Judd becomes the first woman to narrate the opening of NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage since it began its broadcast in 2001
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Judd, a famous Kentucky native who graduated from the University of Kentucky will take charge of the opening - the first time a woman has done so since they started broadcasting it in 2001.
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Ashley Judd to narrate NBC Kentucky Derby open
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Ashley Judd is big on Kentucky sporting events. She cheered on the Kentucky Wildcats during March Madness, and now she'll voice the opening of NBC's Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
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Ashley Judd Slams Twitter for "Inadequate," "Demoralizing" Response to Online Violence
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
"We are talking about human beings — I am a human being and so are the people who commit the abuse, and the underlying problem is the dehumanization of me," Judd told panel moderator Katie Couric at the 2015 Women in the World Summit.
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Celeb Birthdays
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
April 19: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 90. Actress Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") is 78. Keyboardist Alan Price of The Animals is 73. Actor Tim Curry is 69. Singer Mark "Flo" Volman of The Turtles is 68. Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is 50. Country singer Bekka Bramlett of Bekka and Billy is 47. Actress Ashley Judd is 47. Actress Jennifer Taylor ("Two and a Half Men") is 43. Actor James Franco is 37. Actress Kate Hudson is 36. Actor Hayden Christensen is 34. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno ("Che," ''Maria Full of Grace") is 34. Drummer Steve Johnson of Alabama Shakes is 30.
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Wattniacki? J.J. Watt and Caroline Wozniacki set Twitter abuzz
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Twitter and sports seem to be made for each other, But Twitter, a major sporting event and the possiblity of a new celebrity couple? That throws things into overdrive. Monday’s sighting of Texans star J.J. Watt and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki at the NCAA basketball final in Indianapolis got social media tongues wagging. Is it too soon to call them Wattniacki? The New York Post, never prone to hyperbole (wink wink), even chimed in on the matter, saying “The true loser of Monday’s Wisconsin-Duke NCAA championship game may have been Rory McIlroy,” a reference to Wozniacki’s ex-fiance. with the following prose: Watt, an affable defensive lineman for the Texans, played at Wisconsin from 2009 to 2010, so his Badgers pride was understandable. Wozniacki’s was less obvious, but there are worse things to do with a Monday night than sidle up to a cabin-dwelling, quarterback-sacking freak. We rounded up some of the best Twitter reaction to Wattniacki. For more instances of famous ...
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Ashley Judd posts heartfelt message to Kentucky, congratulates Wisconsin
USA Today - almost 2 years
"I got one thing to say. I love my team."           
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Ashley Judd, Digital Haters and Missing Marketers
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
As the University of Kentucky nears basketball perfection, its most visible fan is just starting her campaign for increased civility and accountability in a digital world. When Twitter Trolls full of keyboard courage and protected by pseudonyms sent threatening messages, Ashley Judd promised legal action. She is the latest public figure to take a stand against the increasingly aggressive haters in the social-web. Curt Schilling took a different tack using his reach and resources to unmask haters. Similar to crowdsourcing that divines the right answer, the offenders were held quickly accountable. ESPN has developed a quick trigger when it comes to defending its on-air talent. Can it be improved? Certainly. For the moment, the comments fill a void left by other's silence. Whether ESPN's statements, Judd's legal path or Schilling's public flogging are the most effective tactics is mostly an irrelevant question. All should be applauded for a vocal and visible response. An accelerating di ...
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Kentucky Basketball vs. College Basketball, In 14 Vines
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
This is Kentucky basketball: And this is college basketball: Again, this is Kentucky basketball: And this is college basketball: Kentucky basketball: College basketball: Kentucky basketball: College basketball: People who play on Kentucky: People who do not play on Kentucky: People who represent the University of Kentucky when they step on a basketball court: And people who do not represent the University of Kentucky when they step on a basketball court: This is the kind of thing non-Kentucky players say before they've played Kentucky: "Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1." -- West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr. (Source: Getty) And this is the sort of thing Kentucky players say after they've destroyed said non-Kentucky player's team 78-39: 36 and won � Devin Booker (@DevinBook) March 27, 2015 This ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ashley Judd
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    In 2015, Judd became the first woman to narrate the opening for the telecast of the Kentucky Derby.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    In 2014, Judd appeared as Natalie Prior in Divergent, which she reprised in the 2015 sequel Insurgent.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    However, she announced on her Twitter feed on March 27, 2013, that she would not run, citing her "need to be focused on my family".
    More Details Hide Details Judd endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State of Kentucky after she announced her candidacy.
    In February 2013, she invited her Twitter followers to join a mailing list, hinting that she might ultimately announce a run for the Senate to those on the list.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    She represented Tennessee as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details She also considered returning to Kentucky and challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. In response, the Conservative Super PAC "American Crossroads" released an attack ad against Judd in Kentucky.
    Judd again supported Democrats in the 2012 elections, endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election although she did not contribute financially to his campaign.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    On November 26, 2010, The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Judd, "Costs of Convenience".
    More Details Hide Details The op-ed is excerpted from Ashley Judd's trip diary from her trip to eastern Congo. Judd describes the link between her cell phone, laptop, MP3 player and e-reader and the continued rape and sexual violence in Congo. Judd also explains the immediate need for electronics companies to commit to tracing, auditing, and certifying the minerals in their products to guarantee a clean supply chain.
    On September 30, 2010, cnn.com published an op-ed titled "Ashley Judd: Electronics fuel unspeakable violence" by Judd and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast regarding the continued violence in Congo.
    More Details Hide Details Her op-ed discussed the recent provision in the Dodd-Frank Reform bill that requires companies to prove where their minerals originated.
    On September 8, 2010, CNN interviewed Judd about her second humanitarian mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    More Details Hide Details Judd traveled with the Enough Project, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. In the interview, Judd discussed her efforts to raise awareness about how conflict minerals fuel sexual violence in Congo. During her trip, Judd visited hospitals for victims of sexual violence, camps for displaced persons, mines, and civil society organizations.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Judd was honored November 10, 2009, as the recipient of the fourth annual USA Today Hollywood Hero, awarded for her work with PSI.
    More Details Hide Details On October 29, 2006, Judd appeared at a "Women for Ford" event for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. She has also campaigned extensively locally and nationally for a variety of Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama in critical swing states.
    In 2009, she appeared in a one-minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, in which Judd condemned Alaska governor Sarah Palin for supporting aerial wolf hunting.
    More Details Hide Details In response, Palin stated the reason these wolves are killed is to protect the caribou population in Alaska, ignoring independent studies showing that wolves are not a danger for the caribou population in their balanced natural habitat, as well as omitting the fact that the killing campaign was financially supported by caribou hunting groups; Palin called the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund an "extreme fringe group". In 2010, Judd signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund's petition to urge Governor Steve Beshear to protect Kentucky's homeless animals through tough enforcement of the state's Humane Shelter Law. Judd is active in humanitarian and political causes. She was appointed Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the international NGO Population Services International (PSI), promoting AIDS prevention and treatment.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In 2008, Judd supported Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    In a May 2007 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she explained that she had completed her degree requirements in 1990 with 27 more credit hours taken than the required 120 hours, but had mistakenly thought she was one class short of the necessary requirements.
    More Details Hide Details At this time, she realized that she only needed to "sign a piece of paper" in order to graduate and receive her diploma. DeGeneres then surprised Judd by presenting her with her diploma, which DeGeneres had acquired from the university. Judd was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky on May 9, 2009. She subsequently earned a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration degree (MC/MPA) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2010 through the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration program (MC/MPA). This is a one-year degree as opposed to the similar-sounding two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA). Judd is Christian. Ashley Judd's humanitarian work has revolved around AIDS. Judd has travelled with YouthAIDS to places affected by illness and poverty such as Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, and many others.
    On May 9, 2007, the media announced that Judd had completed her bachelor's degree in French at the University of Kentucky.
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    After the final race of the 2007 season, she stated to the media: "I know this is not very sportsmanlike, but they've got to get the 23 car (Duno) off the track.
    More Details Hide Details It's very dangerous. I'm tired of holding my tongue. She shouldn't be out there. When a car is 10 miles (an hour) off the pace, it's not appropriate to be racing. People's lives are at stake."
    A disagreement between Judd and Indy race car driver Milka Duno took place during the 2007 IndyCar season.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    In February 2006, Judd entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas and stayed for 47 days.
    More Details Hide Details She was there for treatment of depression, insomnia, and codependency.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    In the same year, however, she starred in Twisted, the worst-reviewed movie of 2004 with 131 of 133 critics panning it.
    More Details Hide Details To date, Twisted is the last major Hollywood film in which she received top billing. In June 2007, Goody's Family Clothing announced they were going to be releasing three fashion clothing lines with Judd in the fall to be called "AJ", "Love Ashley" and "Ashley Judd". Goody's declared bankruptcy a year later due to slow sales and its last store closed in February 2009. Judd is currently the magazine advertising "face" of American Beauty, an Estée Lauder cosmetic brand sold exclusively at Kohl's department stores, and H. Stern jewelers. In early 2012, however, her image suddenly disappeared from American Beauty's web site. In 2011, Judd co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the film Flypaper. It grossed only $1,100 total in its very limited theatrical release and received a 17% Rotten Tomatoes rating (15 of 18 critics panned it). That April, Judd released her memoir All That is Bitter and Sweet, where she talks about her trials and tribulations from adolescence to adulthood. In 2012, Judd starred as Rebecca Winstone on the ABC series Missing. The series aired from March 15 to May 17, 2012. Due to low ratings, it was not renewed for a second season.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    Several of her early 2000s films, including 2001's Someone Like You and 2002's High Crimes, received only mixed reviews and moderate box office success; although she did receive positive recognition, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, for her performance in the 2004 biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, opposite Kevin Kline.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    In December 1999, Judd became engaged to Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, who was driving in the Champ Car World Series. Since the demise of the Champ Car World Series, Franchitti has raced in IndyCar and NASCAR. The couple married in December 2001 at Skibo Castle. They have no children, with Judd telling the Sunday Mail that "it's unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries". They divorced in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Judd is known to attend University of Kentucky basketball games regularly (frequently sitting in the student section), and has also attended several Kentucky football games. She has been a guest columnist for a local Kentucky newspaper, writing about the NCAA championships. She posed for a poster wearing only an ice hockey jersey for fundraising purposes for the University of Kentucky's hockey team. She is an avid practitioner of yoga and enjoys cooking and gardening.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 28
    By the end of the 1990s, Judd had managed to achieve significant fame and success as a leading actress, after leading roles in several thrillers that performed well at the box office, including Kiss the Girls in 1997 and 1999's Double Jeopardy.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, she co-starred with Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean and Marilyn, where she recreated the photo shoot for the centerfold for the first issue of Playboy.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    In 1993, Judd fought for and was cast in her first starring role playing the title character in Victor Nuñez's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize dramatic winner Ruby in Paradise.
    More Details Hide Details On her way to the audition, she was so nervous about getting a role that she felt defined her life, she nearly wrecked her car. "From the first three sentences, I knew it was written for me", she told the San Jose Mercury News. She received rave reviews playing Ruby Lee Gissing, a young woman trying to make a new life for herself, and it was this performance that would launch her career as an actress. Nuñez told author James L. Dickerson that the resonance of the character was Judd's creation: "The resonance, those moments, was not contrived. It was just a matter of creating the scene and trusting that it was worth telling." Oliver Stone, who had seen her in Nuñez's film, cast Judd in Natural Born Killers, but her scenes were later cut from the version of the film released theatrically. The following year, she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Harvey Keitel's estranged daughter in Wayne Wang's Smoke and also as Val Kilmer's wife in Michael Mann's Heat. That same year she also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley's dark, adult fairy tale, The Passion of Darkly Noon.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    She made her feature film debut with a small role in 1992's Kuffs.
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    From 1991 to 1994, she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), on the NBC drama Sisters.
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    Judd appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Darmok" and "The Game".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 3
    Judd's parents divorced in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, her mother took Ashley back to Naomi's native Kentucky, where Judd spent the majority of her childhood. She also lived in Marin County, California, for two years during grade school. Judd attended 13 schools before college, including the Sayre School (Lexington, Kentucky), Paul G. Blazer High School (Ashland, Kentucky) and Franklin High School in Tennessee. She briefly tried modeling in Japan during a school break. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater, and women's studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major. She graduated from the UK Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class. Forgoing her commitment to join the Peace Corps, after college she drove to Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a hostess at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a Malibu rental house, which burned down in 1993. Around that time, her half-sister Wynonna Judd leased her a historic farmhouse and 10 acres of land in Williamson County, Tennessee. She moved to Tennessee and lived near her mother Naomi and sister Wynonna.
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on April 19, 1968.
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