for a brainiac: presenting at the Oscars' Scientific and
Technical Achievement Awards.
As an eighth-generation Eastern Kentuckian, you could say
that cheerleading had to be in Ashley Judds blood. Ironically,
though, despite spending much of her childhood in the town
of Ashland (home of the championship squad from Boyd County
HS and ACs December 1995 Cheerleader Of The Month Sarah
Gillam), it was at Franklin HS in a suburb of Nashville, TN
that Ashley actually cheered.With her mom Naomi and sister,
Wynonna, on the path to stardom as the country singing duo
The Judds when Ashley was growing up, you might think her
life was a dream come true. But there were years of struggling
before the fame and gold records when Naomi, divorced from
the girls dad, was determined to make it on her own.
When The Judds became super-successful, rather than live
in their shadow Ashley, the non-singer of the group, set out
to succeed as an actress. After graduating from the University
of Kentucky in 1990, she U-Hauled it to L.A., took acting
classes and within a year was on her own climb to fame.
All of her film work (check her out in upcoming flicksDouble
Jeopardy with Tommy Lee Jones, Eye Of The Beholder opposite
Ewan McGregor and Where The Heart Is, as Natalie Portmans
best friend) keeps Ashley way busy. But she still manages
to find time for personal projects like spending a week in
Africa with the Peace Corps. Her next big supporting role?
Emcee of The Judds New Years Eve 1999 reunion
concert in Phoenix, AZ.
Ashley cheered as a
freshman at Franklin HS.
Ashley (3rd from left)
with her squadmates.