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ASHLEY JUDD (Claire Kubik) most recently starred in "Someone Like You," also starring Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear and Ellen Barkin, and directed by Tony Goldwyn. Previously, she starred in "Where the Heart Is," also starring Natalie Portman. Judd stars in the upcoming feature "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," opposite Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and James Garner.

An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, Judd first proved her acting abilities in her feature film debut, the internationally acclaimed "Ruby in Paradise," directed by Victor Nunez.

In 1999, Judd starred in Bruce Beresford's box-office hit "Double Jeopardy," opposite Tommy Lee Jones. She also starred in the thriller "Eye of the Beholder, opposite Ewan McGregor and directed by Stephen Elliot, which was screened in the "Dreams and Visions" category at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

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

In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in the box-office hit "Kiss the Girls," as well as in "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 1996, she appeared in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill," opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey, and starred in John McNaughton's "Normal Life," opposite Luke Perry.

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 stage debut in the Naked Angels' production of "Busted," directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge in the Broadway revival of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Picnic" at the Roundabout Theatre, while simultaneously playing a supporting role in Wayne Wang's acclaimed film "Smoke."

A Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Program graduate 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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