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Ashley Judd

Highest Rated:   93% Smoke (1995)
Lowest Rated:   1% Twisted (2004)
Birthplace:   Granada Hills, California, USA
Blessed with a rare combination of beauty, brains, and talent, actress Ashley Judd spent the 1990s gaining critical acclaim, industry respect, and a broad fan base that made her one of the most in-demand actresses of the latter half of the decade.The daughter of country-music superstar Naomi Judd and the younger half-sister of singer Wynonna Judd, Judd was born in Los Angeles, on April 19, 1968. A single parent, her mother supported Judd and her sister by taking odd jobs in California and Kentucky. The actress spent her first 13 years shuttling between the two states and attended 12 different schools, often living in poverty in remote areas of Kentucky. With no external sources of entertainment, Judd read books and amused herself by pretending to be various characters while her sister and mother whiled away the time singing. Their singing paid off; after Naomi and Wynonna Judd became country-music sensations, the family was finally able to leave their financial hardship in the past. Judd went on to attend the University of Kentucky, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1990 with a degree in French.At her sister's encouragement, Judd, blessed with an outgoing, forthright nature, was able to secure an agent on her first try and, in 1987, won a part on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. She went on to do more TV, landing a recurring role as Swoosie Kurtz's daughter on Sisters in 1991 (she stayed with the show until 1994). The following year, she made her film debut with a small part in Kuffs (1992). She was originally meant to have a larger part, but rejected it when she learned of a nude scene. The actress' first major film role was in the hit independent drama Ruby in Paradise (1993). She garnered considerable acclaim for her subtle, realistic portrayal of a spoiled Tennessee heiress who runs away to sell tourist trinkets in a ramshackle resort, winning Best Actress at the 1994 Independent Spirit Awards. After filming Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, only to have her scenes end up on the cutting-room floor, Judd next found acclaim with her turn in the 1995 film Smoke, in which she played the pregnant, drug-addicted daughter of Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing. The same year, she appeared in the much-lauded Heat, then went on to star with Mira Sorvino in the 1996 made-for-TV Marilyn Monroe biopic Norma Jean and Marilyn.Following a substantial role as Matthew McConaughey's wife in Joel Schumacher's adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill in 1996, and a lead in the crime film A Normal Life (also 1996), Judd starred in the 1997 thriller Kiss the Girls. The film received mixed reviews but did decent business at the box office, further increasing Judd's glowing star wattage. She landed another lead role the following year, in the well-received drama Simon Birch and, in 1999, could be seen starring in Bruce Beresford's Double Jeopardy as an ex-convict planning revenge on those who framed her for a crime she did not commit. The film was a substantial box-office hit, further cementing Judd's arrival as a major Hollywood star. Judd didn't turn up again until 2004's Twisted, a crime thriller about a female homicide detective who finds herself at the center of a series of murders. That same year, she starred alongside Kevin Kline in the critically acclaimed De-Lovely, a musical biography of Cole Porter. She then laid low until a project by a truly legendary filmmaker came her way. William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, cast her in the leading role in his 2007 psychological horror film Bug. A gritty, pared down thriller with a five person cast, Judd handled the disturbing project like a pro. Ready for something more grounded in reality, the actress next chose a project that dealt with issues ripped straight from the headlines, signing on to appear in Crossing Over, a film about immigrants struggling to obtain legal citizenship in the US.


Highest Rated Movies



80% Barry
  • Ann Dunham
33% Good Kids
  • Gabby
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • Natalie
35% Big Stone Gap
  • Ave Maria Mulligan
$1.1M 2015
No Score Yet Salvation
  • Jennifer Strickland
67% Dolphin Tale 2
  • Lorraine
6% The Identical
  • Louise Wade
$2.9M 2014
41% Divergent
  • Tris' Mother
$129.6M 2014
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
  • Director
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Margaret Asher
$98.7M 2013
65% A Fierce Green Fire
  • Narrator
$0.1M 2013
No Score Yet The Eyes Of Thailand
  • Narrator
81% Dolphin Tale
  • Lorraine Nelson
$65.1M 2011
17% Flypaper
  • Kaitlin
$0.1M 2011
44% Helen
  • Helen
18% The Tooth Fairy
  • Carly
$58.6M 2010
16% Crossing Over
  • Denise Frankel
$0.5M 2009
No Score Yet Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender: The Love Songs
  • Actor
83% Call + Response
  • Actor
No Score Yet Helen Mirren At The Bbc
  • Actor
83% Come Early Morning
  • Lucy
$0.1M 2006
61% Bug
  • Agnes White
$7.1M 2006
No Score Yet Pittsburgh
  • Actor
No Score Yet Kentucky Bluegrass Basketball
  • Actor
48% De-Lovely
  • Linda Porter
$13.2M 2004
1% Twisted
  • Jessica Shepard
$25.1M 2004
76% Frida
  • Tina Modotti
$25.7M 2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Younger Vivian
$69.6M 2002
31% High Crimes
  • Claire Kubik
$41.5M 2002
43% Someone Like You
  • Jane Goodale
$26.8M 2001
35% Where the Heart Is
  • Lexie Coop
9% Eye of the Beholder
  • Joanna
25% Double Jeopardy
  • Libby Parsons
44% Simon Birch
  • Rebecca
29% Kiss The Girls
  • Kate McTiernan
18% The Locusts
  • Kitty
70% Normal Life
  • Pam Anderson
67% A Time to Kill
  • Carla Brigance
60% Norma Jean and Marilyn
  • Norma Jean
86% Heat
  • Charlene Shiherlis
93% Smoke
  • Felicity
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon
  • Callie
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Actor
93% Ruby in Paradise
  • Ruby Lee Gissing
No Score Yet Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge
  • Actor
29% Kuffs
  • Wife of Paint Store Owner
No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part
  • Gwen Fox


No Score Yet A Path Appears
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
  • Narrator
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
48% Missing
  • Becca Winstone Rebecca Winstone
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2004
  • 2002
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Lefler Ens. Lefler
  • 1991

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