The demur, yet inquisitive sister of Wynonna Judd is racing for her life. Ashley has been caught up in a frenzy while she waits bedside for her estranged husband’s fate. It seems as if no love has vanquished in the months since Ashley called it quits with her husband of 11 years. She knows where her heart is and is willing to do what it takes to win it back. A brush with death and destruction can be a wake-up call and Ashley Judd is where she wants to be.
Famous in her own right, Ashley is the younger sister of Wynonna and daughter of Naomi Judd. Ashley has always had her head on straight and has pushed ahead to achieve, despite being neglected as a child. Scholarly and precise, Ashley took care of herself while her mother and older half-sister rose to country music stardom as The Judds. She has always been talented, maybe not so musically, but in a way that would speak to others. Ashley has always had a voice.
After sorting out her life and getting into show business, the dark-haired beauty won our hearts through her films Where The Heart Is and Double Jeopardy. Her struggles with her mother and sister became an open book before millions, as the dysfunctional family aired their difficulties on talk shows. Things seemed to finally fall into place as Ashley fell in love with the Scottish race car driver, Dario Franchitti. A perfect fairytale, but one of disruption over having children in a chaotic world. Ashley and Dario chose to keep their marriage private and out of the spotlight, but for the most part, they seemed like a happy couple.
Sadly, Ashley and Dario decided to part ways earlier this year after over a decade of togetherness. Time went on with neither of two filing divorce papers. Their love simply needed a break and was at a standstill without resolution. The recent crash Dario experienced brought the two together once again. On October 6 of 2013, Dario was involved in a serious wreck resulting in his own injuries as well as many others in the stands and field at the Grand Prix of Houston. Dario suffered a concussion, broken ankle and several fractured vertebrae. Ashley was right there with her tender touch and loving words. It became obvious that their love still survived.
Even with possible political ambitions in the state of her native Kentucky, Ashley remains true to herself and to her dreams. The avid reader and researcher is more likely to pursue a role as the wife of a race car driver or character in another movie. Ashley’s carefree, yet determined spirit, will surely see her through all the twists and turns of the next decade as she decide her own fate despite family or husband. The strong willed, ambitious 45 year old is full of life, no matter which way it goes. Her love will stay strong within herself and hopefully with the mate she has made her life with.
As in her memoir, All That Is Bitter And Sweet, Ashley Judd will soon resurface with joy and love. Her drive to succeed is inspiring, yet very natural and forth giving. With a brush of death and the rekindling of love, she will only make her voice shine in her own style and give hope to others. Ashley’s sweet, radiant smile will help her overcome the odds while the bitter pains of love shall surely see another race.
Written by: Roanne H. FitzGibbon