Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd

Highest Rated: 94% Ruby in Paradise (1994)

Lowest Rated: 1% Twisted (2004)

Birthday: Apr 19, 1968

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
60% A Dog's Way Home Terri Lucas' mother 2019
17% Trafficked Diane 2017
80% Barry Ann Dunham 2016
33% Good Kids Gabby 2016
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Natalie 2016
38% Big Stone Gap Ave Maria Mulligan $1.1M 2015
No Score Yet Salvation Jennifer Strickland 2015
65% Dolphin Tale 2 Lorraine 2014
6% The Identical Louise Wade $2.9M 2014
42% Divergent Tris' Mother $129.6M 2014
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Director 2013
49% Olympus Has Fallen Margaret Asher $98.7M 2013
68% A Fierce Green Fire Narrator $30.1K 2013
No Score Yet The Eyes Of Thailand Narrator 2012
81% Dolphin Tale Lorraine Nelson $65.1M 2011
17% Flypaper Kaitlin $1.6K 2011
44% Helen Helen 2010
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 2009
83% Call + Response Actor 2008
No Score Yet Helen Mirren At The Bbc Actor 2008
84% Come Early Morning Lucy $50.7K 2006
62% Bug Agnes White $7.1M 2006
No Score Yet Pittsburgh Actor 2006
No Score Yet Kentucky Bluegrass Basketball Actor 2006
48% De-Lovely Linda Porter $13.2M 2004
1% Twisted Jessica Shepard $25.1M 2004
75% Frida Tina Modotti $25.7M 2002
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Younger Vivian $69.6M 2002
31% High Crimes Claire Kubik $41.5M 2002
42% Someone Like You Jane Goodale $26.8M 2001
35% Where the Heart Is Lexie Coop 2000
9% Eye of the Beholder Joanna 2000
27% Double Jeopardy Libby Parsons 1999
44% Simon Birch Rebecca 1998
29% Kiss The Girls Kate McTiernan 1997
18% The Locusts Kitty 1997
70% Normal Life Pam Anderson 1996
66% A Time to Kill Carla Brigance 1996
60% Norma Jean and Marilyn Norma Jean 1996
86% Heat Charlene Shiherlis 1995
93% Smoke Felicity 1995
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon Callie 1995
47% Natural Born Killers Actor 1994
94% Ruby in Paradise Ruby Lee Gissing 1994
No Score Yet Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Actor 1994
28% Kuffs Wife of Paint Store Owner 1992
No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part Gwen Fox 1992

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Berlin Station
2016
BB Yates 2019
2018
2017
2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest 2017
No Score Yet A Path Appears
2015
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2014
2012
47% Missing
2012
Becca Winstone Rebecca Winstone 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010-2018
Appearing 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2007
2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2004
2002
2001
No Score Yet Sisters
1991-1996
Reed Halsey Philby Reed Halsey 1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Lefler Ens. Lefler 1991
1989

QUOTES FROM Ashley Judd CHARACTERS

Lexie Coop says: Now the current one, he's prefect.

Novalee Nation says: Why's that ?

Novalee Nation says: Why's that?

Lexie Coop says: Cause he's sterile as a cottonball.

Jane Goodale says: Well, don't shit on my broken heart just because you converted to some warped brand of romantic atheism!

Lexie Coop says: Which one?

Tris' Mother says: Are you nervous?

Tris Prior says: No.

Lexie Coop says: He told you that he loved you, and you didn't say anything?

Novalee Nation says: I'm a dope. I'm such a dope, but I was scared. I was confused. The whole thing is just strange.

Lexie Coop says: Honey, don't take this the wrong way, but Forney is strange.

Lexie Coop says: Americus? What kinda a name is Americus?

Novalee Nation says: I wanted her to have a strong name.

Lexie Coop says: Well, I guess I shouldn't talk. I named my kids after snack foods: Brownie, Praline, Cherry and Baby Ruth.

Novalee Nation says: I think I might be pregnant. You remember this guy I told you about last month?

Lexie Coop says: The good-lookin' mechanics?

Novalee Nation says: I don't know what's wrong with me. I didn't even wanna be with him.

Lexie Coop says: Didn't he use anything?

Novalee Nation says: Just me.

Novalee Nation says: At the end of each letter that he writes, "Please tell your mother I extend my best wishes."

Lexie Coop says: Hot.

Lexie Coop says: My kids could turn this place into a dump before the door closes.

Lexie Coop says: Honey, I know that your mother walked out on you and what that butthole Willie Jack did. But that is what makes them trash, not you.

Lexie Coop says: This old gypsy woman once told me that if you jump backwards nine times before the sun comes up you won't be pregnant. Well, I jump so far I had to take a bus back and then I had twins.

Pam Anderson says: FBI Agent: Come out with your hands on your head. You've got ten seconds. Pam: Enough time to create a universe.

Lexie Coop says: (driving up to the curb) Hi! Sorry, honey, but I made it.

Lexie Coop says: Hi! Sorry, honey, but I made it.

Novalee Nation says: Was it a big inconvenience?

Lexie Coop says: Novalee, I have five children. Everything is an inconvenience. Mind if I drive real slow on the way home? I'd like to pretend it's a vacation.

Lexie Coop says: Novalee, Forney is in love with you! Tell me you don't know that.

Novalee Nation says: It's just not like that with me and Forney.

Lexie Coop says: I have seen him. He loves you. He loves the way you walk, he loves your hair, he loves everything about you.

Novalee Nation says: Forney and me, we're just not the way. Forney's different from us. He went to college. His family had money.

Lexie Coop says: What are you tryin' to say? That you're not good enough for him?

Lexie Coop says: (eating Novalee's breakfast) I hope you're not hungry.

Lexie Coop says: I hope you're not hungry.

Younger Vivi Abbott Walker says: Don't look at me with that tone of voice.

Agnes White says: I am the super mother bug!

Lexie Coop says: Brownie, Brownie. Do not lassot your sister.

Lexie Coop says: Brownie! Brownie! Do not lasso your sister!

Lorraine says: You're goin' to school.

Lorraine says: You are going to school tomorrow and that is it!

Tripp says: Oh my god you like me.

Kaitlin says: I do not like you. Oh my god I do not like you.

Peanut Butter says: I really didn't think I had a shot.