Who is Ashley Fuller Olsen? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Ashley Olsen an American actress, fashion designer, producer, and author. Ashley co-founded luxury fashion brand The Row and the more affordable line Olsenboye with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen. Ashley started her own fashion company called Elizabeth and James.
CareerAshley Olsen was born June 13, 1986 began her career at the age of nine months, 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 her twin sister in the theatrical light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute, also starring Eugene Levy.
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.
CEOIn 2004, both Ashley and Mary-Kate became CEOs of their company Dualstar (created in 1993 following the success on 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.
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.
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 JC Penney called Olsenboye.
Personal lifeAshley recently ended her relationship with the actor Justin Bartha whom she had been dating since 2008.
Libel lawsuitIn 2005, Ashley filed a $40 million lawsuit against tabloid magazine National Enquirer for printing a headline reading "Ashley Olsen Caught In Drug Scandal," and the associated story.
- Walk of Fame
- 2004: Star on the Walk of Fame (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- Young Artist Award
- 1989: Best Young Actor/Actress — Under Five Years of Age (Full House) WON (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- 1990: Outstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of Age (Full House) - WON (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- 1992: Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten (Full House) - WON (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- 1994: Best Youth Actress in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W. or Special (Double, Double, Toil and Trouble) - WON (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- 1996: Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten — Feature Film (It Takes Two) - Nominated
- Teen Choice Awards
- 2004: Choice Movie Blush (New York Minute) - Nominated (with Mary-Kate Olsen)
- TV Land Awards
- Razzie Awards
- Kids' Choice Awards
- DVD Exclusive Awards
- 2003: Franchise Performers Award - WON (with Mary-Kate Olsen)