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We’ve seen what lots of crossover stars wore on the Emmys red carpet. By that we mean actresses who we’ve seen in films but have lead roles in major television dramas now. Like Ginnifer Goodwin (love the orange gown), Zooey Deschanel and Claire Danes (yellow gown fail, sadly.) We even saw the grand Jessica Lange winning ‘Best Supporting Actress In A Miniseries’ for American Horror Story and Julianne Moore (another yellow misstep, but love her anyway) who won ‘Best Actress In A Miniseries’ for Game Change. But there were other bonafide movie stars attending the event — ladies who we associate with the film world even if they dabble on the TV world. Nicole Kidman led the way looking statuesque in a white Antonio Berardi column with aqua sequined overlay. It’s unusual, and we still have to mull over whether we like it or not. Kate Mara requires no mulling over because she looked fabulous in a soft, vintage-looking Badgley Mischka dress with Christian Louboutin shoes. Ashley Judd, sadly, took us to the other end of the like spectrum: dislike. Her plum custom Carolina Herrera did her no favors and she looked fussy and matronly, especially with that bouffant up-do. Lucy Liu brought the glam right back in a metallic mesh Versace column. Trust her to set it straight again. We end on a low note though — saving the not-so-best for last. Amanda Peet, why would you wear this? The lovely actress looked washed out and insipid in an ill-fitting pale pink Calvin Klein gown. Want a closer look? Head on to our gallery.
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We’re willing to cut Ashley Judd a lot of slack, considering Judd’s memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet paints a pretty gruesome portrait of the abuse the actress had to deal with as an adolescent. Nonetheless, it was pretty big misstep for Judd to call rap and hip-hip misogynistic; that’s like saying all country western singers are redheads named Naomi. “As far as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concerned,” Judd wrote in her book. “Most rap and hip-hop music Ã¢â‚¬â€ with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as Ã¢â‚¬ËœhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s’ Ã¢â‚¬â€ is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.Ã¢â‚¬Â Oh Ashley, we want to let this one slide completely, but how much rap and hip-hop are you listening to every year? That was written in the last decade?
Even The Roots’ ?uestlove added his two cents about the ensuing kerfuffle. “At least i got my answer as to why ash Judd didn’t give us so much as a nod on her last visit,” ?uestlove tweeted about Judd. “EVERY genre of music has elements of violence.” After her Twitter blew up with fans and detractors alike, Judd apologized on Global Grind, Russell Simmons‘ site. “I have looked closely at the feedback I have received about those two paragraphs, and absolutely see your points,” Ashley posted. “And I fully capitulate to your rightness, and again humbly offer my heartfelt amends for not having been able to see the fault in my writing, and not having anticipated it would be painful for so many.” Judd then couldn’t help but add, “My equivalent genres, as an Appalachian, an oppressed and ridiculed people, would be mountain music and bluegrass.” Everyone then quietly backed away from their keyboard, because it was just not worth getting into again.
This is a terrible story for a mother and her daughters to share. Ashley Judd‘s new memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, must have stirred up some nasty memories for her mother and sister because their own traumatic stories are surfacing. Ashley’s mother, Naomi, and her sister, Wynonna, were on The View yesterday and revealed some really painful past episodes with abuse. Naomi said, “I never told a single soul until about two years ago we were sitting at our kitchen table with our therapist…and he asked me what was your first memory? And I said ‘well, it was being sexually abused is my first memory.’ He said, ‘why didn’t you tell your mother?’ and then I fell apart because I realized I didn’t trust my mother.”
All three members of the Judd family have been victims of abuse, and while Ashley’s detailing her stories in her book, Naomi and Wynonna are addresses their experiences on their show The Judds. Wynonna has also written a book, Coming Home To Myself, about her history with sexual abuse. None of them are resentful of Ashley writing about their troubled history. Says Naomi, “We’re allowing each of us to have a voice. It’s Ashley’s turn. We all have three different realities of the same car ride to the nightmares we were in.” Wynonna, on the show, said, “People are trying to almost pit us against each other and I want to come out and say, ‘Listen, we agree to disagree in our family, but we show up and support each other for who we are.’” Hopefully all three women will find some peace now that their stories have been told.
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We think Ashley Judd‘s a gorgeous woman. And it takes cojones to write a memoir like All That Is Bitter & Sweet, which details Ashley’s life, including all the nasty details like the sexual abuse she suffered by a family member’s husband. Debuting this book must be a huge moment for her. Having said that that, she didn’t deserve the short shrift from her make-up artist! He or she made a really stupid rookie mistake. Look at Ashley’s eyes and nose — white face powder everywhere. Nicole Kidman has also been the victim of powder face.
Ashley was at Barnes & Noble in New York yesterday to promote the book and obviously wasn’t aware of the screw-up. At least she looked happy to be there!
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Ashley Judd’s new memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet was released today, and with it information about the actress’s difficult family, and history of tragic abuse. Despite claims by mother Naomi and sister Wynonna that the musical family put “put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction,” Ashley reports that life was barely tolerable living with her stepfather, an “abusive full-blown heroin addict with a criminal record.” Says the younger Judd sister, “I was taught to believe that our lifestyle was normal and never to question it or complain, even when I was left alone for hours, sometimes days at a time, or when I was passed without warning to yet another relative.” It even got to the point where Ashley would take out her mother’s gun, debating whether “it would be worth it to shoot myself.”
Despite her film success through the nineties, continuing to today with the upcoming Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Judd’s sexual abuse at the hands of a family member’s husband and a local townsperson continued to send her into a depression. “He opened his arms, I climbed up, and I was shocked when he suddenly cinched his arms around me, squeezing me and smothering my mouth with his, jabbing his tongue deep into my mouth,” Ashley recalls about her molestation. Despite her struggles in dealing with her family’s tumultuous past, Judd tweeted this morning, “Book debut. Took a meditative walk to talk with God, grounding. Found myself weeping with gratitude. Called both my parents, thanking them.”
We had our suspicions: When you’re marrying a billionaire, would you really be satisfied with a quick service in City Hall? Nah. And Salma Hayek‘s proved that her official wedding ceremony to super-super-super-rich Francois-Henri Pinault in February was only a taster for the real deal.
Celebrities like Bono, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Stella McCartney and Ashley Judd all descended on Venice this past weekend for an elegantly glamorous celebration. The couple and guests donned masks for a ball on Friday night and renewed their vows at the river city’s La Fenice opera house the next day. She may have claimed she wasn’t going to spend the cash on a “ridiculous” wedding ceremony only a few days ago, but after looking at the photos from these super-exclusive nuptials, we think Mrs Pinault may have been feeding the media a bit of a line. Cheeky! But congratulations (again). [Photo: Splash News Online]