Our sympathy goes out to Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti of their recent divorce announcement after 11 years of marriage.
Ashley Judd requires very little introduction and is the kind of cool that doesn’t need the glitz. Actress, author and activist make her a triple threat. Her new memoir showcases a side of Judd we’ve only seen her portray on the big screen: vulnerable. And a new show, Missing, gives us a look at her tough side when the going gets tough. She always puts on her running shoes for a good cause, and always by her side is her cheerful Cockapoo wing dog; Buttermilk.
Not only is she basically a modern superhero with a day job that we’d all kill for, but is also a leading activist and supports PETA and Defenders of Wildlife. Judd intensely comments about the sport of hunting, “It’s time to stop Sarah Palin, and stop this senseless savagery.”
Another past time is her love of rescued pets like her beloved dog Buttermilk. The playful, adorable (cocker spaniel-poodle mix) cockapoo was rescued in 1999 as a celebratory gift in honor of wrapping her blockbuster movie, Double Jeopardy. Judd has said, “To spend months without a pet – never again” and she never looked back. “I call him my thigh bone” Judd has been known to say. Inheriting Judd’s legs for running marathons (by proxy), she claims he can run over 30 miles in just half a day and he hasn’t met a ridge he couldn’t scale.
All That’s Bitter and Sweet: Judd’s memoir shines a spotlight on some of the Judd’s sensitive issues that she kept in the closet for many years. Speaking about her mother Naomi Judd, she said, “You just don’t flaunt your stuff. Mama says it wouldn’t be polite. You don’t talk about your love life or how much money you make or personal things.” But Judd is all grown up now and claiming her independence by hanging all her laundry out to dry.
The most important of all her accomplishments – is her activism. She is involved in 13 charities. But, that’s still not enough for Judd. In 2011, she joined the Leadership Council of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). ICRW’s mission is to promote a property free world in which girls (and boys) can share equal opportunity to achieve their full potential and realize personal rights in today’s society. Basically, turning insight into actions! Judd has addressed the United Nations and is sharing her experience with 12 developing countries that need a stronger and louder voice.
More ammunition under her belt, she is a Harvard Graduate with a Masters in Public Administration, and when asked what she’ll do with her degree she gracefully stated, “Change the world.” Judd has witnessed the heartbreaking harsh global realities; when orphans begged her to take them back with her to America, when prayers took place over cremated HIV/AIDs victims, and human trafficking was prevalent at the various coasts.
“Your help should be manifested, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution, and the three “P’s” must become the norm in national legislations and policies worldwide,” stated Judd. She believes in remodeling the environmental and as well as the mental, while addressing the awful truth that at this time in history nefarious people are putting a price tag on other human beings.
With Buttermilk as her constant source of unconditional love, Judd claims her calling, “My vocation is to make my life an act for worship.”