An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, ASHLEY JUDD
(Natalie Prior) first proved her
acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor
acclaimed Ruby In Paradise. Having won major acting awards worldwide, Judd has
demonstrated her range in a variety of genres and is a proven box office draw.
Judd recently completed Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to 2011's hit family film
She is reprising her role as Lorriane Nelson alongside returning cast members
Harry Connick Jr., and Kris Kristofferson. The film is set to be released by
Warner Bros. on
September 19, 2014.
She will next appear in Big Stone Gap, directed by Adriana Trigiani, starring
as Ava Maria
Mulligan, with Jane Krakowski, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman and Whoopi Goldberg.
Gap will be released in Summer 2014.
Judd was most recently cast as the matriarch in Liz Heldens' NBC Pilot
the anticipation of a fall launch. The drama follows a family that rallies
together after the death of
their father, the leader of a Texas megachurch.
In 2012, Judd starred in ABC's miniseries "Missing" as Becca Winstone, an
who would do anything to get her son back after discovering his disappeared
abroad. Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis and Adriano Giannini co-starred. In 2012, Judd
for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for
In 2011, Judd co-starred with Patrick Dempsey and Tim Blake Nelson in the
film Flypaper written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Rob Minkoff.
a bank teller caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies, while Dempsey
save her from danger.
In January 2010, Judd co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in the 20th Century Fox
and fantasy film Tooth Fairy as the wife of a hard-hitting minor-league hockey
player who is
sentenced to one week's tooth fairy duty after telling his daughter tooth
fairies aren't real.
In 2009, Judd starred in the independent film Helen, written and directed by
Nettlebeck. This dramatic story revolved around a music professor named Helen
suffered from a deep, debilitating depression and the only one who could relate
to her pain was a
young female student. Helen premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was
theatres on July 30, 2010.
Returning to her indie roots in 2006, Judd starred in the feature film Come
written and directed by actress Joey Lauren Adams; and in the Lionsgate film
Bug, as a lonely,
paranoid, and traumatized recluse. Bug was written by Tracy Letts, and based on
his play of the
same name and directed by William Friedkin. The film won the International Press
Cannes in 2006 and Judd's performance generated a considerable amount of
The film was embraced by critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival as
was Judd's first time at the Festival since her debut in Ruby in Paradise.
On the small screen, Judd appeared as the focus of the National Geographic
documentary featuring her travels to India in early 2007 on behalf of her
ongoing commitment as
Global Ambassador for YouthAids. The documentary aired on December 1st, World
Aids Day. In
2006, a similar documentary aired on The Learning Channel that featured Judd's
Central America with her friend, colleague, actor, feminist, and human rights
In 2004, Judd delivered a heartfelt, emotional performance as socialite Linda
in the MGM Studios, Cole Porter bio-pic, De Lovely, for which she earned a
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; as well
as 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
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
film was directed by Callie Khouri and was based on the best-selling novel of
the same name by
She also starred in 20th Century Fox's High Crimes which re-teamed her with
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
Someone Like You for director Tony Goldwyn. With a turn to the romantic comedy
portrayed a producer of a popular day time talk show who had a romance with the
Judd's other film credits include Where the Heart Is, opposite Natalie
Beresford's box-office success Double Jeopardy, opposite Tommy Lee Jones for
well as Eye of the Beholder with Ewan McGregor. Judd also starred in Walt Disney
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'
Kiss the Girls; as well as MGM's The Locusts, in which she co-starred opposite
and Kate Capshaw. Judd was also seen in Michael Mann's Heat, for which she won
acclaim opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. In the summer of
appeared in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra
Matthew McConaughey. In late 1996, she was seen starring opposite Luke Perry in
McNaughton's black comedy Normal Life. Also in 1996, Judd received an Emmy
a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Norma Jean Dougherty in HBO's
"Norma Jean &
Judd made her debut theatre performance in the Naked Angels' production of
directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in
Pulitzer-prize winning play, "Picnic" at the Roundabout Theatre Company; while
filming an unforgettable supporting role in the Miramax Film Smoke, portraying
the daughter of
Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing.
She is also on the board of directors for PSI (Population Services
joined PSI as board member in 2004 after serving as Global Ambassador for PSI's
and prevention program, YouthAIDS since 2002. Judd has visited PSI programs in
Cambodia, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El
India, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In her work, she witnesses
the lives of the
exploited and poor to help educate the world about the reality of global poverty
solutions to the devastating effects of social injustice and gender inequality.
Judd was the subject of three award-winning documentaries aired in more than
countries worldwide on VH1, The Discovery Channel, and The National Geographic
her role as PSI board member, she has graced the covers of countless magazines
and been the
subject of newspaper and television interviews bringing vital awareness to
issues closest to her
heart, gender inequality and poverty alleviation. Judd has visited legislators
on Capitol Hill,
addressed the General Assembly of the UN on the scourge human trafficking, spoke
National Press Club, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for
the protection of
vulnerable women from violence, sexual abuse and HIV, and, most recently, served
as an expert
panelist at Clinton Global Initiative to discuss the issue of safe water and the
girls in the developing world. PSI is a DC based nonprofit organization
operating in more than 65
countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and
HIV, PSI promotes
products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable
people to lead
She is also a spokesperson for the organizations Defenders for Wildlife and
Club, providing her time and voice to advocate against practices of aerial wolf
for Wildlife), and mountaintop removal coal mining (The Sierra Club).
A Phi Beta Kappa nominee and Honors Program student of the University of
with a major in French and four minors, Judd studied the Meisner technique in
acting when she
first went to Hollywood. In May 2010, Judd received her Mid-Career Masters in
Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Judd resides in Tennessee with her 8 beloved pets and enjoy a quiet, rural life.
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