Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an actress and political activist from the United States. She comes from a family of performers: she is the half-sister of country music singer Wynonna Judd and the daughter of late country music singer Naomi Judd. Her acting career spans three decades, and she has been increasingly involved in global humanitarian activities and political activities.
Ruby in Paradise (1993), Heat (1995), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), Frida (2002), High Crimes (2002), Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (2002), De-Lovely (2004), Twisted (2004), Bug (2006), Dolphin Tale (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Divergent (20), (2019).
She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Rebecca Winstone in the 2012 television series Missing.
Naomi Judd, According to Ashley Judd, Faced a “degree of Calamity” Before Her Suicide
Naomi Judd, a country music artist, committed suicide, her actor daughter Ashley Judd announced Thursday during an interview with ABC journalist Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America.”
The “Double Jeopardy” and “Twin Peaks” actress wept as she told Sawyer about her mother’s death on April 30, one day before she and her elder daughter, Wynonna Judd, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Judds vocalist, whose family had previously only stated that she died “due to the sickness of mental illness,” took her own life with a gun, and Ashley Judd claimed to have discovered her body.
Ashley was deputized by her family, which included stepfather Larry Strickland and sister Wynonna, to reveal the matriarch’s cause of death because “we don’t want it to be part of the rumor economy,” she explained. Suicide rumors had already been circulating online before Sawyer’s interview on Thursday. They also wished for anyone experiencing similar difficulties to seek treatment before it was too late. “My mother knew she was seen and heard in her agony… and she was walked home,” Judd explained to Sawyer.
“Our mother was unable to maintain her status among her contemporaries. “What was going on inside of her was at that degree of disaster,” she added. “Because the barrier between their admiration for her and the falsehood the sickness told her was so convincing.” Her mother’s ideas “that you’re not enough, that you’re not loved, that you’re not deserving” were the untruth, she claimed.
“Her Head Ached. “It Was Physically Painful,” She Admitted
Judd attentively recounted other information and read aloud a letter from Wynonna, who couldn’t be there for the interview because she “needed some time to digest,” speaking slowly and repeatedly through tears.
“I require this time to myself,” Wynonna wrote in her letter. “I’m not ready to talk about what happened in public yet.” So I’m sure you can see why I’m not present today.”
“I will share with you that she utilized a weapon,” Ashley added. The mother fired a gun. So that’s the piece of information we’re really hesitant to provide, but understand that if we don’t, someone else will.”
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Ashley, who never mentioned the word “suicide” during the show, said she discovered her mother’s body while visiting Naomi in Tennessee.
“I’m grieving and traumatized as a result of discovering her,” Judd added, adding that the family “prays that everyone would keep the remainder of the details private.” “My mother has a right to dignity and privacy.” As a result, there are some things that we’d like to keep as a family,” Ashley explained.
“Mom was a superstar when it came to communication. She was a songwriter who was underappreciated. And she was someone who struggled with mental illness and struggled to get out of bed — except to go into town every day to the Cheesecake Factory, where everyone knew and loved her,” she laughed, adding that the singer was “simply an unfailingly nice, sensitive woman.”
Because of the sickness, she was quite lonely in many ways, and many people, including myself, came out to support her throughout the years.”