Ashley Judd: Everything You Need to Know About Dario Franchitti's Wife

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, watches on as his wife, Ashley Judd, poses with the Borg Warner Trophy on the yard of bricks during the  Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Who is Ashley Judd and why does she keep appearing in the sports section?

Believe it or not, the 44-year-old actress has multiple connections to the sporting world, and it starts with her husband.

Judd is married to Dario Franchitti, who just won his third career Indy 500 on Sunday, becoming just the 10th driver in 96 years to win three or more 500s. She is incredibly supportive of her husband of 11 years, and was with him just moments after the big win.

You may be saying to yourself, "big deal, every wife is supportive of their Indy driver husband;" well this isn’t the first time Judd has been in front of the camera. In fact, she has made a career in front of the lens.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28:  Three time winner, Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, poses with wife Ashley Judd and their dogs, on the yard of bricks during the  Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation a
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Judd first broke on the scene as an actress back in the early '90s, appearing in small roles in movies such as Kuffs, Ruby in Paradise, Smoke and A Time to Kill.

Then in 1997 she got her big break in Kiss the Girls starring alongside Morgan Freeman, and followed that up with another hit in 1999 with Double Jeopardy (click here for full IMDb page). After another decade of movies, she is now acting in the TV show Missing.

She has plenty of fans in the entertainment industry, but Judd may be more famous for her college basketball allegiance.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Actress Ashley Judd, fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, watches the Wildcats play against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville
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The unofficial biggest fan of Kentucky basketball can be seen at virtually every home game at Rupp Arena feverishly rooting on her Wildcats.

After getting access to the UK locker room after a NCAA Tournament win in March, she accidentally left with the cell phone of former Wildcat Terrence Jones.  

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 3: Actress and Kentucky Wildcats fan Ashley Judd cheers during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Rupp Arena on December 3, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-72. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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She is routinely shown by the TV cameras, and seems to relish her role as super-fan. Judd doesn’t sit in the expensive luxury seats; she can be seeing screaming her head off in the student section along with all of the other big-time fans. She is one proud alum.

So while Judd may not be an athlete herself, she has more than a few connections to sports that allow her to be a relevant member of the sports section.  

We were reminded of as much with her husband’s big victory on Sunday.