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September 28, 1975 |
Odessa, Texas, U.S.
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Karan Ashley Jackson (born September 28, 1975), better known by her stage name Karan Ashley, is an American actress. Ashley was born in Odessa, Texas. She graduated from David W. Carter High School in Dallas. In 1992, she was a member of the short-lived girl group K.R.U.S.H, who contributed a song to the soundtrack of Mo' Money. She was known as "Ashley Jackson" at this time.
Ashley's first acting job was as Aisha Campbell, the second Yellow Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, replacing Thuy Trang (Trini Kwan). Staying on for two years, Ashley left the show in 1995. She was replaced by Nakia Burrise (Tanya) for Power Rangers: Zeo. Her last Power Rangers appearance was in the finale for the third season of the series. Ashley has said that her decision to leave the series was because of the demanding hours. She also reveals that she was to be given an exiting story arc, just as Amy Jo Johnson was, but instead, following time off while her character was reduced to a child for some time in the third season, she would find that she was not asked to return to the set, the official reason given was that her character's recovery would not require her to appear on screen.
Since then, Ashley has made guest appearances in TV shows such as Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Kenan & Kel, and The Parkers, just to name a few, and acted in a few minor films like Taylor's Wall. Her first big debut as, editor and executive producer was the independent film Devon's Ghost, alongside fellow Power Ranger alumnus Johnny Yong Bosch and executive producer Koichi Sakamoto for Gag Order Films, Inc. While she also co-wrote Devon's Ghost, her first writing staple came with the film Unto Thee in 1999. She co-wrote the film with Gia and Tim Grace, and also starred in the movie.
In August 2010, Ashley was invited to Power Morphicon, the second Power Rangers fan convention in Pasadena, California. In September 2011, Ashley joined the National Talk Radio Show "UnCensored Radio" (formerly "Unscripted Radio") as a regular Co-Host. As of August 2012 Ashley took over the roll of Moderator on the show. Also in August 2012, Ashley with fellow Co-Host Katrina Johnson and Jeffrey Emmette filmed "Uncensored Reality", a reality show tied into Uncensored Radio. In 2013, Ashley joined Walter Emanuel Jones and Robert Axelrod for the 20th Anniversary of Power Rangers at Dragon*Con.
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- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)...Aisha Campbell/The Yellow Ranger
- Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy (2005)...Symphony
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994–1996)...Aisha Campbell/The Yellow Ranger
- Kenan & Kel (1999)...Melissa - Season 3, The Limo (Nickelodeon)
- The Steve Harvey Show (1999–2000)...Carrie McKnight (Two Episodes)
- The Parkers (2000)...Bride - Season 2, Wedding Bell Blues
- One on One (2002)...Angie - Season 1, Me and My Shadow
- Karan Ashley at the Internet Movie Database
- Karan Ashley at AllMovie