Ashley Olsen

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Ashley Olsen
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Olsen at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011
Born Ashley Fuller Olsen
(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 31)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, fashion designer, author, producer, businesswoman
Years active 1987–2004 (actress)
2004–present (fashion designer)
Relatives Mary-Kate Olsen (twin sister)
Elizabeth Olsen (sister)

Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American fashion designer, producer, author, businesswoman, and former actress. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint with her fraternal twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen, she is the older sister of actress Elizabeth Olsen.

Birth and family[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] Olsen's parents divorced in 1996,[3] the twins and their siblings have Norwegian ancestry while their mother is of French, German and Italian ancestry.[4]


Olsen began her career at the age of nine months old when she and Mary-Kate were hired to share the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television series Full House in 1987. Later on in the series, they were both seen together revealing that they were in fact twins. Following the end of Full House, Olsen released a string of successful straight-to-video movies and became a popular figure in the preteen market during the late 1990s 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 to 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, the twins appeared in the theatrical light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute. 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.[5] When asked about acting again in 2009 Ashley said, "Never say never."[6] In 2009, Olsen contemplated returning to acting,[7] she changed her mind, and in 2012, the sisters decided to quit acting permanently and focus on fashion.[8] In October 2013, Olsen appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[9]

Nickelodeon acquired the rights to Mary-Kate and Ashley's video library in 2015.[10]

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,[11] however, in July, according to Netflix's Ted Sarandos, the Olsen twins were "teetering" on an agreement to join the series,[12] 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.[13]


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.

Net worth and influence[edit]

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 $300 million.[14] Forbes had the twins on their 30 Under 30: All-Star Alumni list in 2017.[15]


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.[16]

The idea for The Row started as a personal project in 2005 when Ashley Olsen challenged herself to create a perfect T-shirt,[17] 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."[18]

Olsen at Luna Park Sydney, Australia, in 2006

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.[19] The brand has expanded to include ready-to-wear, resort, handbags, sunglasses, and shoes.[20]

In 2006, they were tapped as the faces of the upscale fashion line Badgley Mischka,[21] 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.[22] Ashley Olsen has appeared on best-dressed lists,[23][24] the Olsens designed an Olsenboye Change Purse in 2011 and donated the money to "Pennies From Heaven".[25]

In 2011, the Olsen sisters teamed up with TOMS Shoes to design footwear for kids without shoes in more than 20 countries worldwide.[26] Mary-Kate and Ashley are now the creative directors for the Italian brand Superga,[27] the Olsens released an Elizabeth and James perfume in early 2013.[28] StyleMint is now available in the UK.[29]

In October 2012, Ashley and Mary-Kate won the WSJ magazine Innovator of The Year Award.[30]

Ashley and Mary-Kate are members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, CFDA[31] a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards[edit]

Womenswear Designer of the Year for The Row - 2012[32]
Accessories Designer of the Year for The Row - 2014[33]
Womenswear Designer of the Year for The Row - 2015[34]


In 2008, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wrote Influence, a book featuring interviews with fashion designers that have inspired the Olsens' fashion lines.[35]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Olsen filed a $40 million lawsuit against tabloid magazine National Enquirer for depicting her as being involved in a drug scandal, her case was dismissed by a federal court in Los Angeles in November of the same year.[36][irrelevant citation]


Awards and honors[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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 [37]
Wall Street Journal Innovator of the Year: Fashion (with Mary-Kate Olsen) The Row Won [19]
2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen) The Row Won [38]
2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen) The Row Nominated [37]
Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen) The Row Won [37]
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 [39]
Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year (with Mary-Kate Olsen) The Row Nominated [39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ashley Olsen Biography (1986- )". Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Biography". The Biography Channel. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Tauber, Michelle (May 3, 2004). "Two Cool". People. Vol. 61 No. 17
  4. ^ Mobile Marketing Gets Cool Archived April 20, 2013, at Archive-It. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Clark, Cindy. (October 31, 2007). "Act 2 for the Olsen twins: A fashion career". USA Today.
  6. ^ Ashley Olsen, the "Private Twin". OK!. June 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "Ashley Olsen Wants Out of Fashion Career" Archived March 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Young Hollywood. October 2, 2009
  8. ^ "Olsen Twins Quit Acting: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Focus On Fashion". The Huffington Post. March 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Grow, Kory (October 29, 2013). "Thirty Seconds to Mars Recruit Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan for 'Angels'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Video Library Coming to Nickelodeon". Us Weekly. April 23, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Amanda Mikelberg, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear on "Full House" revival CBS News. May 25, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Michael Ausiello (July 28, 2015). "Olsen Twins in "Fuller House"". Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ "'We Finally Know Why The Olsen Twins Aren't On Fuller House'". Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  14. ^ Said, Sammy. "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Net WorthMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Net Worth". TheRichest. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen". 
  16. ^ Grossberg, Josh (December 9, 2004). "Mary-Kate, Ashley: No Sweat". E! Online.
  17. ^ "The Row: The Quiet Ones". Women's Wear Daily, April 29, 2015.
  18. ^ "Behind The Row: Meet Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen". Vogue, March 22, 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Sisters of the Divine". Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2012.
  20. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Designers, The Row". Business of Fashion, retrieved January 9, 2016.
  21. ^ Hall, Sarah (February 15, 2006). "Olsen Twins Strike a Pose". E! Online.
  22. ^ Martinez, Brianna (July 7, 2011). "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launch StyleMint". SheKnows. 
  23. ^ Balser, Erin (June 25, 2009). "Mary-Kate and Ashley are on Glamour UK's Best Dressed List". Crushable. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  24. ^ Lomrantz, Tracey (February 24, 2010). "Best Dressed In The Front Row Of Burberry: Vote Now! : Slaves to Fashion: Fashion". Glamour. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Create a Change Purse for Charity". People. August 8, 2011.
  26. ^ "Olsen Twins Join Forces with TOMS Shoes". Us Weekly. July 22, 2011.
  27. ^ "Mary Kate & Ashley team with Italian sneaker brand Superga". September 13, 2011.
  28. ^ "Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Launch Perfume For Elizabeth and James Brand". The Huffington Post.
  29. ^ "Fashion's favourite twins Mary-Kate and Ashley launch stylish new line". Mail Online. June 19, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen honoured for influence on American luxury at Innovator Of The Year Awards". Mail Online. October 19, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  31. ^
  32. ^ "2012 CFDA Awards: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Win Big, Johnny Depp Honored as Fashion Icon". 
  33. ^
  34. ^ "And the Winners Are: Announcing the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards". 
  35. ^ Caplan, David. (July 31, 2008). "SNEAK PEEK: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's New Book". People.
  36. ^ Marikar, Sheila (May 19, 2009). "The National Enquierer: Enemy No. 1?". ABC News. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  37. ^ a b c "The Row Wins CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Once Again"., June 1, 2015.
  38. ^ "And the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners are…"., June 3, 2014.
  39. ^ a b "2017 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees Named"., March 23, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

Olsen, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, with Damon Romine. Mary-Kate and Ashley: Our Story: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's Official Biography. HarperEntertainment 2000. ISBN 0061075698.

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