Ashley Judd is an American actress, political activist, and television and film producer with a net worth of $18 million. Despite the fact that Judd is best recognized for her acting roles, she has also made a name for herself as a political activist in recent years. Ashley was supposed to be exploring a political career on several occasions, but nothing came of it.
“Ruby in Paradise,” “Heat,” “A Time to Kill,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Divergent,” and “A Dog’s Way Home” are among her best-known flicks. She’s also recognized for her roles in shows like “Missing,” for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance.
Ashley Tyler Ciminella was born in Los Angeles, California on April 19th, 1968. Her parents discovered her when she was four years old in Granada Hills, where she was raised by country singer Naomi Judd and a marketing analyst.
Ashley’s mother did not become a successful country singer until the 1980s. She grew up with a sister, Wynonna, who was also a country singer.
When Ashley’s mother separated, she moved her and her sister to Kentucky, where she grew up. Judd attended 13 different schools in Lexington, Ashland, and Tennessee during this time. She temporarily worked as a model in Japan after graduating from high school before pursuing her education at the University of Kentucky.
She majored in French, anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies in college. She drove to Hollywood after graduation and studied acting while working in a restaurant. She eventually returned to Tennessee to be near her mother and sister.
Judd returned to the University of Kentucky to receive a Bachelor’s degree and was later honored by Union College with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Judd married Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, who was competing in CART, in December 1999. They married in Scotland’s Skibo Castle in December 2001. Because Judd is an antinatalist, they never had children: “It’s unconscionable to procreate with the number of children suffering to death in impoverished nations.” In 2013, they divorced.
Judd also enjoys kickboxing, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kung-fu, and taekwondo as well as other martial arts.
She entered the Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas, in February 2006 and stayed for 47 days. She was there for depression, sleeplessness, and codependency treatment.
Judd’s memoir, All That is Bitter and Sweet, was published in 2011, and it chronicles her struggles from adolescence through maturity. Her humanitarian efforts is also highlighted in the narrative.
Judd injured her leg while climbing in the forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2021, and it took her 55 hours to go to surgery in a hospital in South Africa with the help of African porters.
Judd told Variety in October 2015 that she had been sexually harassed by a studio tycoon, although she did not name the individual. In October 2017, she named Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, as the perpetrator, claiming that the sexual assault occurred during the filming of Kiss the Girls.
Judd filed a defamation and sexual harassment complaint against Weinstein on April 30, 2018, alleging that he harmed her career by spreading lies about her after she declined his sexual advances.
In July, Weinstein filed a request to dismiss. A federal judge in California dismissed Judd’s sexual harassment allegation against Weinstein in January 2019. Judd was granted permission to pursue her defamation claim against Weinstein, alleging that he destroyed her career.
Judd described being raped three times, one of which resulted in conception, during the Women in the World summit in April 2019.
He was speaking about Georgia’s fetal heartbeat measure, which was approved in March 2019. “As everyone knows, and I’m quite open about it,” Judd continued, “I’m a three-time rape survivor.”
“There was fertilization during one of the times I was raped, and I’m grateful I was able to get a safe and legal abortion. Because the rapist, like me, is a Kentuckian and lives in Tennessee, he has paternity rights in both Kentucky and Tennessee. My rapist and I would have had to co-parent.”
Work in the humanitarian field
Judd’s humanitarian work has centered on gender equality and women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights for more than a decade.
She was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the UN agency in charge of sexual and reproductive health, in 2016. (among other things).
As of May 2018, she had visited UNFPA’s projects in Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Bangladesh for women and girls affected by humanitarian crises, as well as its development work in India and Sri Lanka.
Judd has also traveled with YouthAIDS to countries where disease and poverty are prevalent, including Cambodia, Kenya, and Rwanda. She has since become an international advocate for poverty prevention and awareness.
On behalf of the poor, she has met with political and religious leaders to discuss political and social change. Judd has also voiced three YouthAIDS programs that have shown on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and VH1.
She became a member of the International Center for Research on Women‘s Leadership Council in 2011. Women for Women International and Equality Now are two other groups with which Judd has been affiliated.
She also serves on the Apne Aap Women Worldwide advisory board, which fights sex trafficking and inter-generational prostitution in India.
Judd is a frequent lecturer on topics such as female equality, domestic violence, and humanitarian issues.