Ashley Fuller Olsen 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.” Take a look below for 28 more awesome and interesting facts about Ashley Olsen.
1. 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.
2. They starred in “Passport to Paris,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Winning London”, “Holiday in the Sun” and in the television series, “So Little Time”.
3. They starred in, “Getting There,” “When in Rome,” “The Challenge” and made cameos in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
4. The last film she starred in with her twin sister was “New York Minute.”
5. She continued with her acting career independently, appearing with a few guest-star roles in films and in a music video.
6. 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.
7. She and her twin sister co-founded luxury fashion brands, The Row, Elizabeth and James, and more affordable fashion lines, Olsenboye and StyleMint.
8. They co-authored a book, “Influence,” featuring interviews with fashion designers that have inspired their fashion lines.
9. They are members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
10. Ashley was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette, a personal manager, and David Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker.
11. Along with her twin, Mary-Kate, they have an older brother, Trent Olsen, a younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, and younger half siblings, Taylor and Jake, from their father’s second marriage.
12. Olsen’s parents divorced in 1996.
13. The twins and their siblings have Norwegian ancestry while their mother is of French, German, and Italian ancestry.
14. She attended the Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles.
15. Mary-Kate and Ashley attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, beginning in 2004.
16. 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.”
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. There were fashion dolls of her made by Mattel from 2000 to 2005.
20. 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.
21. In 2009, Olsen contemplated returning to acting and said, “Never say never.”
22. 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.
23. Ashley and her twin Mary-Kate’s success has been marked by their inclusion on every Forbes The Celebrity 100 list since 2002.
24. In 2007, Forbes ranked the twins as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated combined net worth of $100 million.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.