Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actor, producer, executive producer, fashion designer and fashion model. She has had a successful acting career beginning at a very young age, in roles with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen.
Working as a twin Ashley Olsen began her career at the age of nine months, when she and her sister Mary-Kate were hired for the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television series Full House in 1987. To comply with strict child labor laws regarding child actors, Ashley and Mary-Kate took turns during taping of the show. Both girls were credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in an attempt to deter audiences from coming to the realization that the girls were in fact twins playing the role of Michelle Tanner.
Following Full House, Ashley released a string of successful straight-to-video movies and
became a popular figure in the preteen market during the late '90s and early 2000s. Her name became a cottage industry, with her likeness seen in clothes, books, fragrances, magazines, movies and posters. There were even fashion dolls of her made by Mattel from 2000-2005.
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 was ranked number three on the VH1 program 100 Greatest Child Stars.
Her most recent theatrical venture was in the light-hearted romantic comedy, New York
Minute, also starring Eugene Levy. The film was expected to launch her into more serious
adult roles, but was a box office flop.