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Ashley Judd Turns 44: How Her Face Has Changed

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Ashley Judd in 2005 and 2012

Happy birthday Ashley Judd!

It's hard to believe that country music star Naomi Judd's daughter Ashley turns 44 on Thursday — it seems like just yesterday the fresh-faced beauty was starring in the 1993 flick Ruby in Paradise.

Recently, Ashley has found herself at the center of a plastic surgery controversy — a matter of "did she, or didn't she?" came about when she appeared on a Canadian network TV show to promote her new series Missing.

Related: PHOTOS: See how Ashley Judd's face has changed

On the set, her face looked very bloated, with speculation circulating that the star's puffy face was the result of using too many fillers.

Related: PHOTOS: Examples of plastic surgeries gone wrong!

The following month, Ashley defended herself against the critics, saying her appearance was due to a sinus infection, which required her to take serious steroids.

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"And maybe I had something salty, as we would say in the south, and I swelled up," she explained in earlier this month on NBC Nightly News. "There was no presumption of good will. The conversation went to, 'Oh. My. Gosh…she's had work.'"

Click through to see how the naturally stunning beauty's face has changed over the years.

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