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Ashley Judd is a Hollywood Hero

Ashley Judd is honored at USA Today‘s Hollywood Hero Award Gala on Monday (November 10) held at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 41-year-old actress, who serves as a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, was named this year’s Hollywood Hero. The yearly award recognizes an exceptional entertainment industry humanitarian.

“I’m just the front woman,” Ashley said. “I was just lucky that this wonderful organization was put in my lap and I had the opportunity to be involved with them.”

Mandy Moore also started working with the organization but confessed that she was so nervous to meet Ashley on Monday. “I was a fumbling geek when I met her!” Mandy said. “She’s so inspiring. I’d like to follow in her footsteps.”

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Ashley Judd: Harvard's Newest Student

Ashley Judd has enrolled in Harvard University‘s public policy and public administration school, her publicist tells The Harvard Crimson.

The 41-year-old actress will participate in at Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program, which often attracts public officials and non-profit activists.

Ashley, 41, is active in humanitarian and political causes. She has testified about the need to fund measures to safeguard natural resources and is a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, which promotes AIDS prevention and treatment.

Ashley Judd: Belle of the Purple Ball

Ashley Judd is all smiles in a beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown at the Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel on Tuesday (January 20) in Washington, D.C.

The 40-year-old actress selected a mist grey crinkle gazar one shoulder gown, which features an asymmetrically draped bodice and soft bubble tier skirt.

A few hours earlier, Ashley stood in the chilly stands below the inauguration podium where President Barack Obama took his oath.

“I did layer,” Ashley said of her long underwear and blanket wrapped around her. “And I did get cold, but I expected that. It was all part of the experience.”

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Ashley Judd: Sunglasses at Sundance

Ashley Judd looks stunning as usual, whie rocking out a pair of sunglasses at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday.

The 40-year-old actress is best known for her roles in thriller films, including: Double Jeopardy, High Crimes and Kiss the Girls. Ash is the daughter of country-music singer, Naomi Judd and is also the sister of country-music singer, Wynonna Judd. She is married to Scottish race car driver, Dario Franchitti.

Ashley is at Sundance to promote her new film, Helen, which explores depression and leads her character to push away her husband and unable to care for her 13-year-old daughter.

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Ashley Judd is a Great Debater

Ashley Judd attends the special thematic debate to focus global attention on human trafficking held by the UN General Assembly at New York City’s United Nations on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Hollywood beauty appeared on The Today Show on Tuesday and spoke about her recent three week humanitarian mission to Rwanda and the Congo. Ashley works for Youth Aids in the position of global ambassador.

At a news conference on Tuesday, she said, “I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard. I know that compassionate listening helps me, and my goal was to help the U.N. help them!”

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Ashley Judd is So Sari

Ashley Judd dons a purple-licious sari at the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala on Friday at the Ritz Carlton in Mclean, Virginia.

The 39-year-old actress is a “global ambassador” for YouthAIDS, a worldwide HIV/AIDS education and prevention effort. Ashley recently told press, “There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem.”

On Nov. 30, the National Geographic Channel and nonprofit organization Cable Positive will premiere a new film India’s Hidden Plague, which features Judd. The special will be available nationally via video on demand.

Pictured below: U2 frontman Bono, YouthAIDS Founder and President Kate Roberts, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and Dutch supermodel Frederique van der Wal.

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Fashion Faceoff: Roberto Cavalli Dress

To the left, Ashley Judd is photographed in a halter gown by Christian Dior (Spring 2007) at Pier 59 in New York City on April 12 for the June/July 2007 issue of C Magazine.

To the right, Ukrainian-Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy.

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