She is a well-known Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball fan, being present at most games. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry.
At the time of her birth, her mother was unemployed; she did not become well known as a singer until the early 1980s. The following year, her mother took Ashley back to Naomi's native Kentucky, where Judd spent the majority of her childhood.
We all have this inner child, and I needed, for the first time in my life, to realize that I got a raw deal, Okay, now I'm a big girl.
Put on your big girl pants and deal with it.' Pictured with husband Larry Strickland (L): The five-time Grammy winner recalled, 'I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks and not get out of my pyjamas, not practice normal hygiene.
In 1996, she co-starred with Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean and Marilyn, where she recreated the photo shoot for the centerfold for the first issue of Playboy.
She moved to Tennessee and lived near her mother Naomi and sister Wynonna.She starred as Rebecca Winstone in the 2012 television series Missing, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.In 2010, she earned a one-year mid-career master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.It was really bad' The Kentucky-born redhead continued: 'I'm always telling her, "If I'd known better, I would have done better." So Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about them.Despite their split, Ashley rushed to the Scotsman's side after he broke his right ankle and fractured two vertebrae while competing in the Grand Prix of Houston at the start of October, injuries which ultimately ended his career.The following year, she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Harvey Keitel's estranged daughter in Wayne Wang's Smoke and also as Val Kilmer's wife in Michael Mann's Heat.That same year she also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley's dark, adult fairy tale, The Passion of Darkly Noon.She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major.She graduated from the UK Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa but did not graduate with her class.She made her feature film debut with a small role in 1992's Kuffs.In 1993, Judd fought for and was cast in her first starring role playing the title character in Victor Nuñez's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize dramatic winner Ruby in Paradise.