AKA Ashley Fuller Olsen
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, CA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Olsen Twin
Ashley Olsen and her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen were professional actors before they could speak. A TV executive held the twins in his arms when they were three or maybe nine months old (accounts vary), and neither girl cried. On the basis of this "audition", the Olsen twins landed the shared role of baby Michelle on Full House, when they weren't even toddlers. They were nine when the show finally ended.
The twins were raised by their mother after their parents' divorce, and most media coverage says they had a "fairly normal" upbringing. But how normal could it have been? Normal parents don't take their infants on auditions, and normal twins don't film their first Christmas special (To Grandmother's House We Go) when they're six, or The Olsen Twins' Mothers' Day Special a few months after that. An album called Brother For Sale sold well, and led to several more albums. "Mary-Kate and Ashley In Action" books cast them as spies. "Tweens" (children aged between 8 and 12) seemed to love this kind of entertainment, so more and more of it was made, under the watchful hand of the twins' "business partner", Robert Thorne, and their production company, called Dualstar Entertainment. "Mary-Kate and Ashley" school folders, backpacks, video games, or any product with their name on it was an assured money-maker.
Full House was cancelled in 1995, and without a TV show to occupy their time, the Olsen twins were able to increase their output. They had already released several direct-to-video hits, and started two popular video series, "The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley", with the twins as kid detectives who would "solve any crime by dinner time", and "You're Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley's [Birthday Party, Mall of America Party, etc.]".
For years, nothing could slow the Mary-Kate and Ashley juggernaut. They made more than 40 video titles and six music albums, and about 29 million copies of their books were sold. Mary-Kate and Ashley Magazine was among the most popular tweener titles. In 1993, CNN estimated the twins' financial worth at about $150,000,000. Each. Until 2006, neither twin had worked in any project without the other.
Their feature films, It Takes Two and New York Minute, have been bombs in theaters, and their two latter sit-coms, Two of a Kind and So Little Time, were each quickly cancelled. At 17 the twins seemed wooden co-hosting Saturday Night Live, and as young adults their acting careers finally faded. Since the late 2000, they have designed womens' handbags and eyewear, with modest success.
They are fraternal twins, not identical twins, so there are several distinct clues for telling which is which. Mary-Kate has a freckle on her right cheek. Ashley has two freckles on her left cheek, near her ear. Ashley, whose hair is currently blonde, is two minutes older and an inch or two taller. Mary-Kate is the more hyper twin who wears too much eyeliner.
The Olsen twins received a shared sidewalk star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on 29 April 2004. They posed together, and when a reporter asked how it felt, they replied simultaneously, "It's a great honor."
Father: David Olsen (mortgage banker, b. 1953)
Mother: Jarnette Olsen ("Jarnie", ballet dancer, b. 1954)
Mother: Martha Mackenzie Olsen (stepmother)
Brother: Trent Olsen (actor, b. 6-May-1984)
Sister: Mary-Kate Olsen (her twin, actress, b. 13-Jun-1986)
Sister: Elizabeth Olsen ("Lizzie", actress, b. 16-Feb-1989)
Sister: Courtney Taylor Olsen (stepsister, b. 1996)
Brother: Jake Olsen (stepbrother, b. 1997)
Boyfriend: Matt Kaplan (quarterback at Campbell Hall, took her virginity, together 2004)
Slept with: Jared Leto (actor, together 2005 for one week)
Boyfriend: Lance Armstrong (cyclist, together 2007)
Boyfriend: Justin Bartha (actor, together 2008-11)
High School: Campbell Hall Episcopal Day School, Hollywood, CA (2004)
University: New York University
Endorsement of McDonald's Happy Meals in France (Sep-2004)
Endorsement of Target 1991
Endorsement of Wal-Mart
Hollywood Walk of Fame 29-Apr-2004
Risk Factors: Smoking
So Little Time Chloe Carlson (2001-02)
Two of a Kind Ashley Burke (1998-99
Full House Michelle Tanner (1987-95)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (3-May-2013) · Herself
New York Minute (1-May-2004) · Jane Ryan
The Challenge (3-May-2003)
When In Rome (26-Nov-2002)
Getting There (11-Jun-2002) · Taylor
Holiday in the Sun (20-Nov-2001)
Winning London (27-Mar-2001)
Our Lips Are Sealed (2000)
Switching Goals (12-Dec-1999) · Emma Stanton
Passport to Paris (9-Nov-1999)
Billboard Dad (10-Nov-1998) · Emily Tyler
It Takes Two (17-Nov-1995) · Alyssa Callaway
How the West Was Fun (19-Nov-1994)
The Little Rascals (5-Aug-1994) · Twin
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (30-Oct-1993) · Lynn Farmer
To Grandmother's House We Go (6-Sep-1992)
Appears on the cover of:
People, 27-Jan-2003, DETAILS: (pictured with sister) The World's Richest Kids
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