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Ashley pens memoir

entertainment Updated: Apr 02, 2011 00:50 IST

Hollywood actor and activist Ashley Judd has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse suffered by her as a child at the hands of various men, including a family member, in her memoir

All That Is Bitter and Sweet

. The 42-year-old, who was once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, suffered a traumatic childhood and once considered taking her own life, she said in the memoir, reported

Daily Mail online


The actor says that she went to 13 different schools between ages five and 18 and grew up with depression and loneliness as her singer mother and sister travelled the US, trying to make a name for themselves as country singers.

The Double Jeopardy

star’s parents divor-ced when she was four and the actor was first faced with abuse while still a pre-teen, growing up in Kentucky.