Spouse: Dario Franchitti (12 December 2001 - present)
Turned down a larger role in Kuffs (1992) because she was asked to do nude scenes. She responded, "My mother worked too hard for me to take my clothes off in my first movie."
Hobbies: running, rock climbing, mountain hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking
She attended 12 schools in 13 years before college. She was a sister of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Kentucky, where she majored in French and minored in cultural anthropology, art history, theater, and women's studies. She left a few credits shy of graduating in 1990, when she decided to drive cross-country to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
Mother and sister are country singers Naomi Judd & Wynonna Judd. She once worked cleaning her mom's and sister's tour bus for $10 a day.
Her father, Michael Ciminella, a marketing specialist in the horseracing industry, divorced Naomi Judd in 1972.
Was named one of "The 50 Most Beautful People In The World" by People Magazine. (1996, 2000 & 2002)
Known to be a avid fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, once not showering because she felt it would jinx them. For a cheerleading scene in her movie Someone Like You... (2001), she uses the Wildcats' cheerleaders' cheer routine, and thanks them in the credits.
Dated Robert De Niro and Matthew McConaughey.
Her mother, Naomi Judd, has publicly objected to many of Ashley's movies because they contain either profanity, nudity, sex, or violence.
Was named after Ashland, Kentucky, and is an eighth-generation Kentuckian
Replaced Jodie Foster for the lead in Double Jeopardy (1999).
Is fluent in French.
Could have had Pamela Anderson's role on "Home Improvement" (1991), but wanted to concentrate on making it in the movies instead. She later starred in Where the Heart Is (2000), which was directed by Matt Williams, the producer who wanted her on the sitcom.
She had a role in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994), but it was left on the cutting room floor.
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