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ASHLEY JUDD plays Jane Goodale, a young woman who comes up with an unusual theory to explain her recent heartbreak.

An eighth-generation Eastern Kentuckian, Ashley Judd first proved her acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor Nunez' internationally-acclaimed "Ruby in Paradise." Judd has since gone on to demonstrate considerable talent as well as box office success with her starring role in "Double Jeopardy."

Later this year, Judd stars in Twentieth Century Fox's and New Regency's drama "High Crimes," directed by Carl Franklin. She was recently seen in Fox's "Where the Heart Is," opposite Natalie Portman. In 1999, she starred in Bruce Beresford's box-office success "Double Jeopardy" opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Judd was also seen starring opposite Ewan McGregor in the thriller "Eye of the Beholder," an adaptation of the Marc Behm novel, directed by Stephan Elliott ("The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"), and which was screened in the "Dreams and Visions" category at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

In the 1998 drama "Simon Birch," Judd starred opposite Oliver Platt, Ian Smith, and Joseph Mazzello. The film, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, is based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meaney.

In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in the box office hit "Kiss the Girls," as well as "The Locusts," in which she co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw. Judd was also seen in Michael Mann's "Heat," for which she won critical acclaim opposite Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. In the summer of 1996, she appeared in Joel Schumacher's "A Time To Kill," opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. In late 1996, she was seen starring opposite Luke Perry in John McNaughton's "Normal Life."

Also in 1996, Judd received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Norma Jean in HBO's "Norma Jean and Marilyn."

Judd made her debut theater performance in the Naked Angels' production of "Busted," directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Picnic" at the Roundabout Theater Company, while simultaneously filming a supporting role in "Smoke," portraying the daughter of Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing.

A Phi Betta Kappa and Honors Program student of the University of Kentucky with a major in French and four minors, Judd has studied the Meisner technique in acting for several years.

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