Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, author, and former actress and producer. She began her acting career one year after her birth, sharing the role of Michelle Tanner with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen in the television sitcom, Full House (1987–1995). They also starred in numerous films together.
Olsen at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011
Ashley Fuller Olsen
June 13, 1986
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Fashion designer, author, businesswoman, actress, producer|
|Years active||1987–2004 (actress)|
2004–present (fashion designer)
|Relatives||Mary-Kate Olsen (twin sister)|
Elizabeth Olsen (sister)
In 1993, the production company Dualstar Entertainment Group was founded, which produced a long string of TV movies and direct-to-video releases featuring the girls; they starred in Passport to Paris (1999), Our Lips Are Sealed (2000), Winning London (2001), Holiday in the Sun (2001) and in the television series, So Little Time (2001–2002).
They starred in, Getting There (2002), When in Rome (2002), The Challenge (2003) and made cameos in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The last film she starred in with her twin sister was New York Minute (2004). She continued with her acting career independently, appearing with a few guest-star roles in films and in a music video.
In March 2012, both Mary-Kate and Ashley officially indicated their interest to retire as actresses in order to focus on their careers in the fashion industry.
She and her twin sister co-founded luxury fashion brands, The Row, Elizabeth and James, and more affordable fashion lines, Olsenboye and StyleMint. They co-authored a book, Influence, featuring interviews with fashion designers that have inspired their fashion lines. They are members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Birth and familyEdit
Ashley was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette (née Jones), a personal manager, and David Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker. Along with her twin, Mary-Kate, they have an older brother, Trent Olsen, a younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen (who is also an actress), and younger half siblings, Taylor and Jake, from their father's second marriage. Olsen's parents divorced in 1996. The twins and their siblings have Norwegian ancestry while their mother is of French, German, and Italian ancestry.
She began her acting career at the age of nine months old when she and her twin sister, Mary-Kate Olsen, were hired to share the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television sitcom Full House (1987–1995).
She starred alongside Mary-Kate in the films, To Grandmother's House We Go (1992), Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993), How the West Was Fun (1994), It Takes Two (1995), Billboard Dad (1998) and in the television series, Two of a Kind (1998–1999).
In the 1990s, she and her twin sister founded a production company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, which produced a successful long string of TV movies and direct-to-video releases featuring the girls. They starred in Passport to Paris (1999), Our Lips Are Sealed (2000), Winning London (2001), Holiday in the Sun (2001) and in the television series, So Little Time (2001–2002).
She and her twin sister became household names and a popular figures in the preteen market during the late 1990s and early 2000s, 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 to 2005. They also starred in the films Getting There (2002), When in Rome (2002), The Challenge (2003) and made cameos in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). In 2004, the twins appeared in the theatrical light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute.
In 2004, both Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen 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.
In 2007, when Mary-Kate and Ashley were 21, they said that if they got involved in movies together again it would be as producers.
In March 2012, both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen indicated their interest to retire as actresses in order to focus on their careers in fashion. Mary-Kate and Ashley felt that their futures were in fashion, and not in acting. They discussed wanting to open a store as one of their future fashion-based endeavors.
In 2015, it was announced that John Stamos had signed on with Netflix to produce and co-star in Fuller House, a spin-off Full House that would reunite the original cast members. Mary-Kate and Ashley originally announced in May that they would not reprise their role as Michelle Tanner, however, in July, according to Netflix's Ted Sarandos, the Olsen twins were "teetering" on an agreement to join the series. The twins eventually declined to join the cast of Fuller House, with Ashley saying she would not feel comfortable in front of the camera after a 12-year absence from acting and Mary-Kate saying the timing was bad. Nickelodeon acquired the rights to Mary-Kate and Ashley's video library in 2015.
Net worth and influenceEdit
She and her sister were jointly ranked number three on the VH1 program 100 Greatest Child Stars. Ashley and her twin Mary-Kate's success has been marked by their inclusion on every Forbes The Celebrity 100 list since 2002. In 2007, Forbes ranked the twins as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated combined net worth of $100 million. Forbes had the twins on their 30 Under 30: All-Star Alumni list in 2017.
Following a high volume of public interest in their fashion choices, both worked in collaboration on a string of fashion lines available to the public. They started a clothing line in Walmart stores across America for girls ages 4 to 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.
Business and philanthropyEdit
The idea for The Row started as a personal project in 2005 when Ashley Olsen challenged herself to create a perfect T-shirt. She tested the design on a variety of women of all body shapes and ages in an attempt to find a "commonality in fit and attitude."
By 2006, the sisters had created a 7-piece collection that included the T-shirt, a pair of cotton sateen leggings, and a cashmere wool tank dress. Barneys New York bought the entire first collection. The brand has expanded to include ready-to-wear, resort, handbags, sunglasses, and shoes.
In 2008, the Olsens published Influence, a book featuring interviews with fashion designers that have inspired their fashion lines.
As adults, the Olsens have devoted much of their attention to the world of fashion. They head a couture fashion label, The Row, as well as the Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye, and StyleMint retail collections.
The Olsens designed an Olsenboye change purse in 2011 and donated the money to "Pennies From Heaven".
The Olsens are members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, CFDA a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers. The Olsens are now the creative directors for the Italian fashion shoe brand Superga.
In 2005, Olsen filed a $40 million lawsuit against tabloid magazine National Enquirer for depicting her as being involved in a drug scandal. The National Enquirer later apologized and stated it did not intend to suggest she was involved in the scandal. Olsen is currently dating artist Louis Eisner.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1989||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor/Actress – Under Five Years of Age (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||Full House||Won|
|1990||Outstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of Age (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||Full House||Won|
|1992||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||Full House||Won|
|1994||Best Youth Actress in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W. or Special (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||Double, Double, Toil and Trouble||Won|
|1996||Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten – Feature Film||It Takes Two||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||It Takes Two||Won|
|1999||Favorite TV Actress (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||Two of a Kind||Won|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Blush (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||New York Minute||Nominated|
|2012||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
|Wall Street Journal||Innovator of the Year: Fashion (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
|2014||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
|2015||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|||
|Council of Fashion Designers of America||Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
|2016||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|
|Council of Fashion Designers of America||Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|
|2017||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|||
|Council of Fashion Designers of America||Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|||
|2018||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
|Council of Fashion Designers of America||Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Nominated|||
|2019||Council of Fashion Designers of America||Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen)||The Row||Won|||
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