Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, well known for playing a number of strong women characters in films such as Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and High Crimes.
During the 1990s, Judd dated baseball player Brady Anderson, singers Lyle Lovett and Michael Bolton, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Robert De Niro. In December 1999, she became engaged to Scottish auto racer Dario Franchitti, who was at the time driving in Champ Car World Series (he has since raced in IndyCars and NASCAR). The two were married at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch, Scotland, on December 12, 2001. She and her husband divide their time between a home in Scotland and their farm outside Franklin, Tennessee. Judd can be recognized in Gasoline Alley wearing a white hat, and was present at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 when her husband won.
In 2009, Judd appeared in a one minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, in which Judd condemned Alaska governor Sarah Palin for supporting aerialwolf hunting. In response, Sarah Palin stated that the reason these wolves are killed is to protect the caribou population in Alaska and called the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund an "extreme fringe group".