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Naomi Judd Not Angry About Daughter Ashley's Book

April 8th, 2011 8:30am EDT
Naomi Judd
Ashley Judd's mother is adamant she is not angry with her daughter for detailing her troubled childhood in a new book, insisting the actress has the right to tell her side of the story.

The Double Jeopardy star hit headlines this month by detailing shocking claims of abuse and sexual assault in her candid autobiography, All That is Bitter & Sweet.

Judd alleges she was abused by an older man living near her family home and later taken advantage of by a relative's husband, while she also claimed to have been neglected as a child.

Judd's singer mother Naomi has now spoken out about her da...

Ashley Judd Took Advice Before Her Suicide Role

August 9th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Ashley Judd
Actress Ashley Judd called on the experts who helped her battle depression before she accepted the role of a suicidal teacher in her new film Helen.

The Double Jeopardy star entered the Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Texas for depression and isolation issues in 2006 and is now "emotionally sober" thanks to the help and advice she received there. Judd feared that playing a depressed person on film would trigger her own past problems with the condition - but the doctors who gave her the help she needed at her lowest point insisted she'd be perfect as Helen.

She tells

Ashley Judd To Run For Political Office?

August 4th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Ashley Judd
Learned actress Ashley Judd is considering a run for political office after sharpening her knowledge at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Double Jeopardy star graduated the fabled Harvard school in May with a Masters in Public Administration, and now she has her sights set on Washington, D.C.

In an upcoming interview with, Judd says, "It's a possibility that I could run for office some day. I mean the Kennedy School is certainly the ultimate formal power factory and I would consider myself reasonably well trained at this point because they (lecturers) are ...

Ashley Judd Protests Mountain Mining

June 9th, 2010 8:20pm EDT
Ashley Judd
Actress Ashley Judd fought back tears as she spoke out against mountaintop mining on Wednesday, accusing government officials of supporting the "rape of Appalachia."

The "Double Jeopardy" star appeared in Washington, D.C. to deliver a speech at the National Press Club, where she highlighted the environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal mining.

The practice involves the use of explosives to mine for coal in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky - Judd's home state.

The actress took aim at officials who have approved permits, calling the practice "strip mining on...

Ashley Judd To Write Her Memoirs

January 27th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Ashley Judd To Write Her Memoirs
Actress Ashley Judd is writing her first autobiography - detailing her troubled childhood. The Double Jeopardy star suffered depression as a youngster while her singer mother, Naomi, was away for long periods of time, touring the globe for her career.

Judd has spent her adult years concentrating on charity work, serving as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International's YouthAIDS program.

And now the star is putting pen to paper to explain how her early life inspired her to help abandoned children and women in poor countries.

She says, "By sharing my own story along ...

Morgan Freeman And John Cusack Star In 'The Contract,' On DVD July 24

July 22nd, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Contract
While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go awry and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

After an ill-fated attempt by his compatriots to free him Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As the trio tries to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly purs...

Ashley Judd Celebrates Her Husband's Indy 500 Win

May 29th, 2007 12:56pm EDT
Ashley Judd
Actress Ashley Judd was celebrating this weekend after her racecar driver husband Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500, earning himself a massive $1.6 million. The Double Jeopardy star cheered on her spouse on Sunday as he raced to the finish line at the event in Indiana, which had to be cut short by 85 miles because of heavy rain. Drivers normally race for 500 miles.

Franchitti, Judd's husband of five years, took pole position after the two leading drivers were forced to make a pit stop. Speaking of his win, Franchitti says, "It was going to come down to a dogfight, and there's...

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