Ashley Judd presents her memoir All That Is Bitter and Sweet. Ashley Judd is an award-winning film and stage actor known for her roles in both box-office hits and art-house gems, and the daughter and sister of country-music royalty. In 2002, drawing on a deep well of empathy, she found her true calling: as a humanitarian and advocate for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. Asked why she was opting out of a successful career, walking away while she was one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood, Judd herself could not provide an answer. She simply knew that after her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, her own life depended on advocating on behalf of the vulnerable.
Along the way, Judd realized that the coping strategies she had developed to deal with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment, were no longer working. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Judd found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but an expanded kit of spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work. Now, in this deeply moving memoir, Judd describes her odyssey, as a left-behind lost child attains international prominence as a fiercely dedicated advocate.
A celebrated and acclaimed actor, Ashley Judd has starred in 20 films, both box office hits and independent treasures, and on Broadway. Judd is also a dedicated humanitarian. Her work as an advocate and activist dates to her undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky. At present, she serves on the Board of Directors of Population Services International, Defenders of Wildlife, and Shaker Village. Her memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, was published in 2011.
Drawing on her godmother's quirky devotion to her pet pig, actress-turned-activist Ashley Judd encourages others to use their own passions to contribute to the greater good: "We each have to find our thing. We have to find our pig."