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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. Now, a film star in her own right and having won major acting awards world wide, Judd has demonstrated her range and is a proven box office draw.

Last fall, returning to her indie roots, Judd starred in the Bold Films feature film COME EARLY MORNING, written and directed by actress Joey Lauren Adams, her directorial debut. Judd played a "thirty-something” woman re-examining her wayward life in the town where she grew up and has been living in blame and denial. The film screened in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was released on November 10, 2006 by Roadside Attractions, and garnered substantial praise for Judd's honest performance.

Also on December 1st, which is World AIDS day, The Learning Channel featured a documentary of Judd's travels to Central America this past spring in her ongoing commitment as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. Her friend and colleague, actor, feminist, and human rights activist, Salma Hayek accompanied her.

In 2004, Judd delivered a heartfelt, emotional performance as socialite ‘Linda Lee Porter' in the MGM Studios, Cole Porter bio-pic, DE LOVELY, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. The film chronicled their marriage, which inspired such famous Cole Porter tunes as "Anything Goes.” DE LOVELY premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

In early 2004, Judd starred in TWISTED for director, Philip Kauffman and also starred on Broadway for six months in the leading role of ‘Maggie' in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Anthony Page and was a success by all standards.

Judd had a very successful and diverse 2002. She had a small, but significant appearance as ‘Tina Modotti' in the Julie Taymor directed bio-pic of FRIDA KAHLO. In addition, Judd had a strong supporting role in THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD starring amongst an impressive cast including Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and James Garner. The film was directed by Callie Khouri and was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Rebecca Wells. 

Judd also starred in 20th Century Fox's HIGH CRIMES which re-teamed her with KISS THE GIRLS co-star, Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Joseph Finder and directed by Carl Franklin. Also for 20th Century Fox, Judd starred with Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman in SOMEONE LIKE YOU for director, Tony Goldwyn. With a turn to the romantic comedy genre, Judd portrayed a producer of a popular day time talk show who had a romance with the show's executive producer. 

Judd's other film credits include WHERE THE HEART IS, opposite Natalie Portman, Bruce Beresford's box-office success DOUBLE JEOPARDY, opposite Tommy Lee Jones for Paramount as well as EYE OF THE BEHOLDER with Ewan McGregor. Judd also starred in Walt Disney Pictures' 1998 drama SIMON BIRCH, based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meaney. 

In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in Paramount Pictures' box-office hit KISS THE GIRLS, as well as MGM's 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 DeNiro, 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 black comedy 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 & Marilyn."

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