PROFILE
Name:
Ashley Drane
Birth Date:
September 22, 1981
Birth Place:
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Clone Wars

Background:

American actress of television and film Ashley Drane, also known as Ashley Eckstein, is famous as a series regular on the hit TV show “Blue Collar TV” (2004-2006) and for her voice role as the main protagonist, Ahsoka Tano, on the feature film “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008), which served as an introduction to the television series of the same name, which debuted on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. She has also appeared in such films as “Prey for Rock & Roll” (2003), “Ancient Warriors” (2003), “Sydney White” (2007) and “Alice Upside Down” (2007) as well as in episodes of television shows like “JAG,” “That '70s Show,” “Drake & Josh” and “Strong Medicine.” She played Jan Brady in the television film “The Brady Bunch in the White House” (2002) and had a recurring role as Muffy in “That's So Raven” (2003-2006).

The green eyed beauty is married to former pro baseball player David Eckstein. She is a huge lover of Alice in Wonderland. She enjoys playing almost any sport and hanging out with her friends. She opened Her Universe, a company that produces licensed merchandise targeted specifically for girls.    

Maria

Childhood and Family:

The daughter of Tony and Sharon Drane, Maria Ashley Drane was born on September 22, 1981, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was raised in Orlando, Florida, and has her three siblings, Michael, Taylor and Tara. She became interested in acting at an early age and began her career by doing theater before segueing to television.

On February 4, 2005, Ashley was engaged to MLB player David Eckstein (born January 20, 1975)  in Orlando. The couple married on November 26, 2005, at Eckstein's  family church in Sanford, Florida, followed by a reception at Walt Disney World. Her husband officially retired from baseball on January 22, 2012.


Blue Collar TV

Career:

Ashley Drane made her auspicious acting debut by playing the lead role of Helen Keller in a production of “The Miracle Worker” at the Civic Theater of Central Florida when she was 12 years old. She continued to perform in such plays as “The Wizard of OZ” and “ The Children's Hour,” where she portrayed Dorothy and Mary Tilford, respectively. Her first professional gig came when she became one of the hosts for Sea World's “Shamu TV,” which aired on the Discovery Channel for three seasons. In 1994, along with  Nicole “The Bomber” Bozard and UK resident Leanne “Panther” Kelley, Drane competed on “Nickelodeon GUTS,” a television reality action sports competition series hosted by actor/comedian Mike O'Malley and officiated by British actress Moira “Mo” Quirk. She ended up winning the silver medal. There she was known as Ashley “The Face” Drane and was dressed in blue.

In 1997, Drane was appointed the national spokesperson for the TRUTH anti-tobacco campaign when it launched in Florida. She appeared in the first two commercials and was featured in “Good Morning America,” MTV and CNN.

After her move to Los Angeles, Drane landed a guest spot in CBS' “JAG,” in which she played Admiral Chegwidden's goddaughter, Lisa Rossbach in the October 9, 2001 episode “Measure of Men.” In the following year, she became a series regular on the comedy “The Rerun Show,” a nervy, half hour series that re-visited vintage scenes from America's hit television shows, like “The Partridge Family” and “The Facts of Life.” Paul Vogt and Brian Beacock also starred in the show. Still in 2002, Drane  won the sought after role of Jan Brady on the made for television film “ The Brady Bunch in the White House,” the  second sequel to the “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), following “A Very Brady Sequel” (1996). The film starred  Gary Cole as President of the United States Mike Brady and Shelley Long as Vice President of the United States Carol Brady.  

In 2003, Drane made her big screen debut as a punk rock girl in the drama “Prey for Rock & Roll,” which was directed by Alex Steyermark and written by Cheri Lovedog and Robin Whitehouse. Co-stars in the film included Gina Gershon, Drea de Matteo, Lori Petty and Shelly Cole. It was followed by a notable turn as Dylan Paccione in the action movie “Ancient Warriors” (2003), starring Franco Columbu, Daniel Baldwin and Richard Lynch. Still in 2003, the actress began a recurring role as the snooty, popular Muffy in Disney's “That's So Raven,” a gig she kept until 2006. She also reprised the role in the 2006 direct to video “That's So Raven: Raven's Makeover Madness.” She continued on making guest appearances in television shows like “That '70s Show” (2003, as Julie), “Drake & Josh” (2004, as Susan), “Strong Medicine” (2004, as Becca), “Hot Properties” (2005, as Nancy) and “Phil of the Future” (2006, as Grace).  

Drane was a regular on the sketch comedy series “Blue Collar TV,” which was broadcast by The WB from July 29, 2004 until July 26, 2006. The cast also included Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Brooke Dillman.

2007 saw Drane appear as Alicia in the comedy film “Sydney White,” which starred Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton and Matt Long, directed Joe Nussbaum, and written by Chad Gomez Creasey, and co-star as Miss Cole in the Sandy Tung directed adventure “Alice Upside Down,” opposite Alyson Stoner, Luke Perry, Lucas Grabeel and Penny Marshall. The latter won the the Film Award for Best Feature Comedy at the 2008 International Family Film Festival.

Drane provided the voice of Bailey in an episode of Toon Disney's “The Replacements” called “Glee by the Sea” (2008). The same year, Drane, who started using her husband's last name,  landed the main role of Ahsoka Tano in the CGI animated science fiction/action film “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” the first animated theatrical film for the “Star Wars” franchise. Directed by Dave Filoni, the film grossed $68,284,217 against a production budget of $8.5 million. Although it was a commercial success, the film received mostly negative reviews from critics. She went on to reprise the voice role of Ahsoka Tano in the follow up 3D CGI animated television series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which premiered on the Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. She also voiced Ahsoka Tano in the video games “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008), “Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes” (2009) and “Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars” (2011).

Mrs. Eckstein will work with Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brendan Fraser in the upcoming animated film “Escape from Planet Earth,” directed by Callan Brunker. The film is set to be released in the US on February 14, 2013.         


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