|Date of birth||August 30, 1939|
|Birth place||Ocala, Florida, USA|
|Years active||1960 to present|
|Seasons||1, 2, & 3|
|First episode||"Shallow Water, Oh Mama"|
|Last episode||"Don't You Leave Me Here"|
|Credits||13 episodes (see below)|
Ashley was born Elizabeth Ann Cole in Ocala, Florida, the daughter of Lucille (née Ayer) and Arthur Kingman Cole, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ashley earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the play Take Her, She's Mine (1961), then later starred as Corie in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963) and, later, her defiantly sexual Maggie was praised in a successful Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1974). Ashley received Tony nominations for both performances. She also appeared on Broadway as Dr. Livingstone in Agnes of God (1982). She was also a replacement in the role of Mattie Fae during the original Broadway run of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County.
She has been featured in major motion pictures over five decades since her early roles in The Carpetbaggers in 1964 and Ship of Fools in 1965. She had supporting parts in the films Coma in 1978, Split Image in 1982, and Dragnet in 1987. She also starred as the villain in the controversial but generally panned film Windows (1980). She played Diane Freed in the 1998 Todd Solondz film Happiness.
Having appeared in a Burt Reynolds comedy film, Paternity in 1981 and as a guest star in his television series B.L. Stryker in 1989, Ashley became a cast member of Reynolds' next television series, Evening Shade, from 1990-1994 as Freida. In 1991, this role garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Other television career appearances include Sam Benedict, Miami Vice, Caroline in the City, Mission: Impossible, Murder, She Wrote, Dave's World, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Touched by an Angel, The Larry Sanders Show, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She is a recurring guest star in Treme as Aunt Mimi.
Two of the roles she originated on stage, Corie in Barefoot in the Park and Dr. Livingstone in Agnes of God were played in the film versions by Jane Fonda.
Ashley published an autobiography, Actress: Postcards from the Road, in 1978, coauthored by Ross Firestone. The book was praised by Tennessee Williams.
Ashley was married to actors James Farentino and George Peppard (the leading man in her first movie, The Carpetbaggers), with whom she had a son, Christian, in 1968.
|Season one credits|
|"Do You Know What It Means"||"Meet De Boys on the Battlefront"||"Right Place, Wrong Time"||"At the Foot of Canal Street"|
|"Shame, Shame, Shame"||Shallow Water, Oh Mama||"Smoke My Peace Pipe"||"All On a Mardi Gras Day"|
|"Wish Someone Would Care"||"I'll Fly Away"|
|Season two credits|
|"Accentuate the Positive"||"Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky"||"On Your Way Down"||"Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?"|
|"Slip Away"||"Feels Like Rain"||"Carnival Time"||"Can I Change My Mind?"|
|"What Is New Orleans?"||"That's What Lovers Do"||"Do Watcha Wanna"|
|Season three credits|
|"Knock with Me – Rock with Me"||"Saints"||"Me Donkey Want Water"||"The Greatest Love"|
|"I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say"||"Careless Love"||"Promised Land"||"Don't You Leave Me Here"|
|"Poor Man's Paradise"||"Tipitina"|
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