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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Ashley (left) and Mary-Kate (right) at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Fuller Olsen

(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 38)
Occupation(s)Actresses, fashion designers
Years active1987–present

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) are twin American actresses. They have acted in movies and on television series since they were nine months old.

The twins began acting on the ABC series Full House between 1987 and 1995, in which both of them played Michelle Tanner.

In the early 1990s, they became the youngest entrepreneurs in Hollywood history by starting the Dualstar Entertainment company.

Later that decade, they acted in Two of a Kind and So Little Time, as well as their own animated series.

They also acted in the movies, It Takes Two (1994), New York Minute (2003), and many direct-to-video movies and specials.

Merchandise related to the Olsens is still very popular in the teenage market. The Olsens have a clothing line for girls ages 4–14 in Wal-Mart stores across North America, as well as a beauty line called "Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls".

Health issues

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In mid-2004, Mary-Kate Olsen announced she had entered treatment for an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.[1][2] A Got Milk? ad featuring the twins was pulled following the announcement.[3][4] On November 20, 2007 she was hospitalized for a reported kidney infection.[5]

Fashion only

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The twins have bought up a number of fashion labels, and this is now their main activity. In 2012 the girls decided to quit acting permanently and focus on fashion.[6]


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  1. Soriano, César G. "Mary-Kate Olsen seeks treatment for eating disorder." USA Today. June 22, 2004.
  2. Soriano, César G. (June 22, 2004). "Mary-Kate in treatment". USA Today.
  3. "Olsen Twins' 'Got Milk?' Ad Pulled" All Business. June 8, 2004. Last accessed 2011-02-19.
  4. "Olsen twins no longer 'Got milk'" Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine MSNBC. July 7, 2004. Last accessed February 19, 2011.
  5. "Mary-Kate Olsen hospitalized for kidney infection". USA Today.com. November 20, 2007.
  6. Olsen Twins Quit Acting: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Focus On Fashion

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