Actress and University of Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd will publish her memoir next month and will reportedly return to TV in a new fall drama on ABC.
The book, All That Is Bitter and Sweet (Ballantine Books, $26), is described as primarily about her journey to becoming a human-rights activist, with family drama and Hollywood peppered throughout.
Judd, 42, the daughter and sister of country music stars Naomi and Wynonna Judd, graduated last year with a master's degree in public administration from Harvard and has long been affiliated with human-rights groups including YouthAIDS and Women for Women International. The book is based on diaries she kept during her work with those and other organizations.
The memoir, co-written with Maryanne Vollers, will be released April 5. Advance praise on the book's Amazon.com page comes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, activist Gloria Steinem, U2 lead singer Bono, actor Morgan Freeman and UK men's basketball coach John Calipari.
On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reported Judd has signed a deal to star in the TV drama Missing, in which she will play a suburban mom who, after her son disappears while studying abroad, rushes to Europe to find him. It soon becomes apparent she is a former CIA agent. The show will film in Europe in preparation for what will most likely be a fall premiere, EW reported.
Judd's most recent regular television gig was on the 1991-94 series Sisters.
Her next film is the family drama Dolphin Tale with Freeman, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Connick Jr., set for release in September.
Judd's sister Wynonna's first novel, Restless Heart, was published in January.