Lila Ashley Barnett was born October 21, 1980 in Greenville, TX and died suddenly October 15, 2005 while on a cruise to Mexico. She was 24. Ashley lived in Burbank for most of her life. She attended Emerson Elementary School, John Muir Middle School, and graduated in 1999 from Burbank High School where she was very active in show choir.
Ashley had a lifelong love of the theater, starting with her first appearance as an infant in her parents' production of The Miracle Worker in Sulphur Springs, TX. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had brief appearances on the daytime drama Passions and sitcoms Family Affair and Will & Grace. Like most actors, Ashley supported her acting passion with other jobs. She worked for a year in the mailroom at CBS Studio Center, then for two seasons was a production assistant for Will & Grace. For the past two years, Ashley had been an assistant to composer John Debney. She was represented by the Stevens Group agency.
Ashley is survived by her mother, Jamie Barnett of Burbank; father and stepmother, Bill and Micky Barnett of Quitman, TX; three brothers, Cooper, Seth, and Adam, all of Burbank; two half-sisters, Mona Millon of McKinney, TX and Madeline Barnett of Shreveport, LA; grandmother, Ruby Barnett of Debach, LA; grandfather, Sidney Cooper of Gainesville, GA; step-brother, Chad Young of Sulphur Springs; and countless friends and co-workers who will miss her loving support and beautiful smile.
Memorials have been established in Ashley's name at Screen Actors Guild Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
She touched many peoples lives. She has many friends who love & miss her. Her spirit will live on in our hearts forever!