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TV Midseason is here and one of the many shows we have to look forward to (or dread) features the return of 43-year-old actress Ashley Judd. While Judd made her name in movies like “Double Jeopardy,” she’s trying out the small screen with a series that looks… well, exactly like a lot of her big screen films.
ABC’s “Missing” follows Judd’s character Rebecca Winstone as she desperately tries to find her son when he disappears during a summer internship in Italy.
Winstone and her recently deceased husband (“Game of Throne” star Sean Bean) were CIA-agents so she uses all of her old tricks. Think “Taken” with a woman.
In honour of Judd’s new show and subsequent comeback, we’ve compiled a list of things you may not know about the “Kiss the Girls” actress, including her affinity for Kentucky University basketball games and an Estee Lauder beauty line.
Born in 1968 in California, Judd is the daughter of country singing star Naomi Judd and the half-sister of Wynona Judd.
1993's 'Ruby in Paradise' was a breakout film for Judd. She played Ruby, a young girl who leaves Tennessee to work at a souvenir store in a Panama City resort.
The film is based off of Jane Austen's classic 'Northanger Abbey.'
Judd originally shot scenes for the serial killer film 'Natural Born Killers' by director Oliver Stone. But her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
After winning an Independent Spirit Award for 'Ruby in Paradise,' Judd stepped up her game by appearing in two high-profile films: 'Heat' and 'A Time to Kill.'
In the first, the actress played the cheating wife of Val Kilmer's Chris Shiherlis, a criminal who helps exact revenge on a man who betrayed his heist crew.
'A Time to Kill' explored racial controversies in a murder trial and Judd was cast alongside Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson.
The actress graduated from the University of Kentucky and loves to show it.
She is frequently seen at Kentucky basketball games where she usually sits in the student section. Judd has also been known to show up for Kentucky football games.
In the HBO film 'Norma Jean & Marilyn,' Judd played Norma Jean, Marilyn Monroe before she changed her name and became a star.
The film follows Marilyn as she becomes more and more famous and looks for love, but her Norma Jean-side constantly puts her down.
Judd was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role.
From 1996 to 2004, six out of Judd's 10 films were thrillers about serial killers or people framed for crimes they did not commit.
The most notable of the Judd 'killer thrillers' are 'Kiss the Girl' co-starring Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman and 'Double Jeopardy' opposite another Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones.
In 2001, Judd married Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti at Skibo Castle in Scotland after the couple had been engaged for two years.
The couple now share their time between Scotland and Tennessee, where they own a farm.
In 2004, Judd starred alongside Kevin Kline in 'De-Lovely.'
The actress played Cole Porter's wife Linda and was nominated for her second Golden Globe--this time for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
Judd is a global ambassador to the YouthAIDS foundation, an educational and prevention group, and actively participates in other organisations from the Children's Medical Research Institute to Defenders of Wildlife.
While performing a fight scene in 'Cat On a Hot Tin Roof' on Broadway in 2003, Judd broke her foot and had to undergo foot surgery. Pretty bad experience for a second Broadway appearance, bu it gets worse.
Her co-star Jason Patric ('The Lost Boys') didn't seem so sympathetic. In fact, the actor later told Entertainment Weekly that Judd was 'lazy, selfish and arrogant.'
In 2004, Estee Lauder asked Judd to be the face of their cosmetic line 'American Beauty' which is sold exclusively at Kohl's.
Judd is a major advocate for women's rights.
In addition to participating in groups like Equality Now, Women for Women International and the International centre for Research on Women, Judd also had the honour of introducing Gloria Steinem at the March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C. in 2004.
During a 2006 article with Glamour, Judd opened up about her battle with depression.
The actress revealed her sister Wynona's battle with food addiction helped her realise she needed to face her demons as well. Judd then spend 47 days in a Texas treatment facility.
Read the full Glamour article here.
In addition to her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, Judd also received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard in 2010.
The actress fancies herself an etymologist--the study of language and words.
In 2011, Judd made an appearance on the show 'Who Do You Think You Are' where she found out that an ancestor that she previously thought was injured in prison actually sustained his wounds during the Battle of Saltville from the Civil War.
2011 brought the release of Judd's memoir 'All That Is Bitter & Sweet.'
The book exposed details of the Judd's dysfunctional family, including the relationship her mother had with a heroin addict and an experience with sexual assault..
Judd stars in a string of box office misses, including 2010's 'Tooth Fairy' and 2011's 'Dolphin Tale.'
Judd's new show 'Missing' on ABC will premiere March 15th at 8 p.m.
Will you tune in?
Check out the teaser trailer below and judge for yourself.
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