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Ashley Peldon
Born April 2, 1984 (1984-04-02) (age 25)
New York City, New York
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988-present
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Ashley Peldon (born April 2, 1984) is an American television and film actress.


Early life and career

Peldon was born in New York City, New York to Jeffrey "Jeff" Peldon (attorney) and Wendy Peldon (college professor). Along with her sister Courtney, she worked as a child actor.

Although she was featured in a number of roles as a child and teenager, Peldon is perhaps best known for her role on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. She was cast in 1988, at the age of 4, as Marah Lewis, the daughter of popular couple Josh and Reva Lewis. Because of the positive audience response, she became the youngest entertainer to be put under contract on the show.

Peldon received an Emmy Award nomination at 6 years of age, for her three years as Marah Lewis on the soap opera Guiding Light. Peldon went on to appear in motion pictures such as The Lemon Sisters opposite Diane Keaton, Stella opposite Bette Midler, Deceived opposite Goldie Hawn, and the cult favorite, Drop Dead Fred opposite Phoebe Cates. More currently, she also appeared in Arthur Miller's The Crucible opposite Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis and in Ghost World with Scarlett Johansson, among many other films. She recently completed the horror film Dimples, Sony Pictures' sci-fi drama Night Skies, and the coming of age comedy Float. The native New Yorker also has numerous commercials, voice-overs, series, and television films on her resume.

For two years Peldon appeared on the NBC television series The Mommies and has had key recurring roles on such television series as That 70s Show and The Pretender. Peldon starred as "spoiled actress Amy King" in MTV's comedy series Connected. She is also set to lead in the horror/comedy film 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys also starring her sister, actress Courtney Peldon, and Robert Englund.

Current activities

In January 2007, Peldon graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Child Psychology and Film from Skidmore College in New York. Her interest in child psychology originated from her dramatic role as the sexually abused youngster in CBS TV's Child of Rage when she was 7 years old. Peldon owns a perfume company called Starring…! Fragrances.

In February 2008, Peldon directed an Allan Heinberg play for TV Takes the Stage. The play starred Bonnie Somerville and Melissa Sagemiller.

Awards and nominations

She was nominated in 1991 for a Daytime Emmy at the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for The Guiding Light (1952).

She is a multiple and a six and three years consecutive nominee and award winner of a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards:

  • 1990 - Won for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Drama for The Guiding Light (1952)
  • 1991 - Nominated for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series for The Guiding Light (1952).
  • 1992 - Nominated for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series for The Guiding Light (1952).
  • 1993 - Won for Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Television Movie for Child of Rage (1992) (TV).
  • 1994 - Nominated for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series for The Mommies (1993) shared with Sam Gifaldi, Ryan Merriman, Shiloh Strong and Joey Zimmerman and won for Best Actress Under Ten in a Television Series or Show for Shameful Secrets (1993) (TV) tied with Ashley Johnson for Phenom (1993).
  • 1995 - Nominated three times, for Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show and for Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series for The Mommies (1993) and for Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a TV Mini-Series or Special for Without Warning (1994) (TV).
  • 1997 - Nominated for Best Performance in a Drama Series by a Young Actress for The Pretender (1996).
  • 1998 - Nominated twice, for Best Performance in a Voiceover in TV or Film by a Young Actress for Cats Don't Dance (1997) and for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series by a Leading Young Actress for The Westing Game (1997) (TV).
  • 1999 - Nominated for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series by a Guest Starring Young Actress for The Pretender (1996).


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