Ashley Olsen

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Ashley Olsen

Olsen attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornAshley Fuller Olsen
(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 26)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, fashion designer, producer, author
Years active 1987–2004 (actress)
2004–present (fashion designer and businesswoman)
RelativesMary-Kate Olsen (sister)
Elizabeth Olsen (sister)
 
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Ashley Olsen

Olsen attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornAshley Fuller Olsen
(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 26)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, fashion designer, producer, author
Years active 1987–2004 (actress)
2004–present (fashion designer and businesswoman)
RelativesMary-Kate Olsen (sister)
Elizabeth Olsen (sister)

Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brand The Row and the more affordable line Olsenboye with her sister Mary-Kate Olsen and started her own fashion company called Elizabeth and James. Though bearing a striking resemblance to Mary-Kate, the two are fraternal twins; Ashley is the older of the two. One of their younger siblings, Elizabeth Olsen, is also an actress.

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Birth and family

Ashley and Mary-Kate were born in Sherman Oaks, California to David Olsen and Jarnette "Jarnie". They have an older brother, Trent, and a younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, and two younger half siblings Taylor and Jake from their father's second marriage.[1] Mary-Kate and Ashley's parents divorced in 1995.[citation needed]

Career

Olsen began her career at the age of nine months[citation needed], when she and Mary-Kate were hired to share the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television series Full House in 1987. To comply with child labor laws regarding child actors, Ashley and Mary-Kate took turns during taping of the show. Both girls were credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in an attempt to keep audiences from realizing that two children played the role. Following Full House, Olsen released a string of successful straight-to-video movies and became a popular figure in the preteen market during the late '90s and early 2000s. She became a household name, with her likeness seen in clothes, books, fragrances, magazines, movies, and posters, among others. There were fashion dolls of her made by Mattel from 2000-2005.

She starred in the video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, the ABC show Two of a Kind, and ABC Family's So Little Time. She and her sister were jointly ranked number three on the VH1 program 100 Greatest Child Stars.

In 2004, Ashley appeared alongside Mary-Kate in the theatrical light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute, also starring Eugene Levy. "New York Minute" was Ashley's final acting project.

In 2008, Mary-Kate and Ashley released the book Influence, which contained interviews with many creative and influential people including Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, Diane von Furstenberg and many more.

Dualstar

In 2004, both Ashley and Mary-Kate became co-presidents of their company Dualstar (created in 1993 following the success of Full House), the brand currently selling in over 3,000 stores in America and 5,300 stores worldwide. Their success has been marked on Forbes The Celebrity 100 list since 2002, and in 2007 Forbes ranked the twins as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated combined net worth of $ 100 million.[2]

Olsen at Luna Park, Sydney, Australia in 2006

Following a high volume of public interest in their fashion choices, both work in collaboration on a string of fashion lines available to the public.

Starting as young girls, they have a clothing line in Wal-Mart stores across America for girls ages 4–14 as well as a beauty line called "Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls". In 2004 they made news by signing a pledge to allow all the workers that sew their line of clothing in Bangladesh full maternity leave. The National Labor Committee, which organized the pledge, later praised the twins for their commitment to worker rights. The director of the organization, Charles Kernaghan, is quoted as saying:
The Olsen twins have done the right thing. Now it is up to Wal-Mart to either support Mary-Kate and Ashley’s commitment to women’s rights, or tragically to shut them down.[3]
In 2006, in an attempt to gain credibility in the fashion industry after their association with Wal-Mart tarnished their reputations, they were tapped as the faces of the upscale fashion line Badgley Mischka.[4]

Ashley and her sister have released The Row, a high-end fashion line inspired by London's Savile Row. The clothing is sold at high-end retailers such as Barneys, Maxfield, Harvey Nichols, Brown's, and others around the world. Ashley and Mary-Kate continued their expansion in the fashion industry with the Fall 2007 launch of Elizabeth & James, their contemporary collection inspired by many of their unique vintage finds and pieces in their personal wardrobes. In 2010 the twins released a women's clothing line for J.C. Penney called Olsenboye. In 2011 the girls launched a T-Shirt Line called "StyleMint".[5]

Personal life

In 2004 Ashley graduated from Campbell Hall School. In 2009, Olsen filed a $40 million lawsuit against tabloid magazine National Enquirer for depicting her as being involved in a drug scandal.[6]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

See also

Further reading

References

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