Ashley Judd is an American actress known for her impressive career spanning over three decades. Born on April 19, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, Judd grew up in a family of performing artists.
She is the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the half-sister of singer Wynonna Judd. Apart from her successful acting career, Judd is widely recognized for her humanitarian efforts and political activism.
- Full Name: Ashley Tyler Ciminella
- Date of Birth: April 19, 1968
- Age: 55 years
- Gender: Female
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Actress, Activist
- Height: Not available
- Parents: Naomi Judd (mother), Michael Charles Ciminella (father)
- Siblings: Wynonna Judd (half-sister)
- Spouse: Dario Franchitti (m. 2001, div. 2013)
- Children: None
- Relationship Status: Divorced
- Net Worth: $35 million
Early Life & Education
Ashley Judd was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, on April 19, 1968, and is now 55 years old as of 2023. Her parents are Naomi Judd, a well-known country music singer, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horse racing industry.
When Judd was born, her mother was still a housewife, and her parents divorced when she was four. Judd’s mother returned to Kentucky with Ashley the following year, where she spent most of her childhood.
Judd attended multiple schools before college, including the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky, Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky, and Franklin High School in Tennessee.
She briefly pursued modeling in Japan during a school break.
Judd later enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where she studied French as her major and minored in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies.
She joined the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and spent a semester studying in France. Judd graduated from the University of Kentucky Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa.
Ashley Judd married Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti in December 2001 at Skibo Castle in Scotland. However, they decided to end their marriage and divorced in 2013.
They did not have any children together. Judd has been open about her decision not to have children due to the global issue of child starvation.
She is an avid martial arts practitioner, enjoying kickboxing, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kung fu, and taekwondo.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Judd moved to Hollywood to pursue her acting career. She studied under acting teacher Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West.
During this time, she worked as a hostess at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a rental house in Malibu. She also spent some time near her mother and sister in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Ashley Judd’s acting career began in 1991 when she appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler in two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” From 1991 to 1994, she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex, on the NBC drama series “Sisters.”
Judd made her feature film debut with a small role in 1992’s “Kuffs.” However, she gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role in Victor Nuñez’s “Ruby in Paradise” in 1993. This performance earned her awards and established her as a talented actress.
Throughout her career, Judd has starred in numerous successful films, including “Heat” (1995), “Kiss the Girls” (1997), “Double Jeopardy” (1999), “Frida” (2002), and “Divergent” (2014).
She has also appeared in television series like “Missing” (2012) and “Berlin Station” (2017-2019). Judd’s performances have received positive reviews, and she has been nominated for prestigious awards such as the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy.
Ashley Judd’s estimated net worth is $35 million.
Her successful acting career and involvement in various ventures and endorsements have contributed to her wealth.
- Instagram handle: @ashley_judd
- Twitter handle: @AshleyJudd
- Ruby in Paradise
- Kiss the Girls
- Double Jeopardy
- A Dog’s Way Home