30 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Famous Twins - Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen


Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, the fraternal twins collectively famous as Olsen twins, are American fashion designers and former actresses. With their company Dualstar Entertainment Group, the twins have joined the list of the wealthiest women in the entertainment industry at a young age. Here are 30 interesting facts about the twins:

  1. The twins made their acting debut at the age of nine months as infants in 1987, with their role as Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom "Full House." The sisters took turns to play the role of Tanner throughout the show's run till 1995.
  2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen holds the record for becoming the youngest self-made millionaires in the American history, when they were just ten years old.
  3. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) named Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as the "Womensewear Designer of the Year" for The Row in the year 2012. Two years later, the CFDA also named the twins as "Accessories Designer of the Year."
  4. It seems like the Olsen twins have been fashion fans their entire lives, as the wardrobe for the role of Michelle Tanner, was custom made designer clothes including Chanel and Marc Jobs.
  5. At the age of the 6, in the year 1992, the Olsen twins became the youngest Hollywood producers in the history.
  6. Just like Mary-Kate, the other twin sister Ashley also has a second name, she mostly does not use her full name. It's Ashley Fuller Olsen.
  7. The fraternal twins have an elder brother, Trent Olsen, and a younger sister Elizabeth Olsen, who is famous for her role as Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The twins also have a half-brother and half-sister through their father's second marriage.
  8. The New York Times declared Mary-Kate Olsen as a fashion icon for pioneering her signature "homeless" look-of over-sized sunglasses, boots, loose sweaters, and flowing skirts, with an aesthetic of mixing high-end and low-end pieces. The style is sometimes referred to as "ashcan" or "bohemian-bourgeois" by fashion journalists.
  9. The twins landed the role of Michelle Tanner in the sitcom "Full House," as they were the only ones who did not cry out of the 20 babies who auditioned.
  10. In the year 2004, Mary-Kate and Ashley had to miss their high school prom, to co-host the season finale of "Saturday Night Live." However, on knowing this, Jimmy Fallon and Will Forte graciously served as their dates in a prom-themed sketch.
  11. The Olsen twins founded the American luxury fashion design house, The Row, in 2006, inspired by Savile Row in London, in an effort to craft a superlative t-shirt. Lauren Hutton modeled for the brand's first look book.
  12. Throughout the run of "Full House," the character Michelle Tanner had appeared to be ambidextrous - eating and writing with both hands, as among the twins - Ashley Olsen is right-handed and Mary-Kate is left-handed.
  13. The Olsens launched the second line of clothing Elizabeth & James, a contemporary collection inspired by many of their unique vintage finds and pieces in their personal wardrobes. This line was named after the twins' siblings.
  14. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen starred together on "So Little Time," a live-action sitcom as Riley and Chloe Carlson respectively. The show was cancelled after the first season. Mary-Kate received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Riley Carlson.
  15. In the year 1992, they shared the role of Michelle Tanner again on the "Full House" crossover episode of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper."
  16. On their 18th birthday, in the year 2004, the Olsen sisters became the co-presidents of Dualstar. This milestone birthday was celebrated by several websites which even launched countdown clocks to mark the minute the twins came of age.
  17. The Olsens' mother Jarnette "Jarnie" Olsen was extremely reluctant to have the twins even audition for the role of Michelle Tanner in "Full House." It was reported that the twins almost quit after the first season as Jarnie was worried about them having a normal childhood. However, after substantial hike in pay, their mother agreed to continue.
  18. In 2012, Mary-Kate had her hair tinted to the color of brown, making it easy to tell the sister apart. She is also known to take the more fashion-forward route to make a statement, when compared with her sister Ashley.
  19. While shooting for the role of Michelle Tanner on "Full House," the twins lost their baby teeth at different rates, due to which the duo had to be fitted with fake teeth.
  20. The sisters, being together most of the time, couldn't differentiate their memories, especially with the twin feeling. Once in an interview, the Olsen twins claimed that one of the sisters was stung by a bee, both both felt the pain and later couldn't remember who was the real victim.
  21. Mary-Kate loves horses and she named her first horse “C.D.”—short for compact disk. She regularly competes in the Hampton's Classic Horse Show. She even won the first place in the year 2013.
  22. The "Full House" producers picked Mary-Kate for the role when the twins turned six years and weren't so identical anymore. However, the sisters insisted that they share the role and continued the same till the show ended.
  23. Though both the twins shared the role as Michelle Tanner in "Full House," during the first few seasons, the producers credited them as "Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen," for the audience to believe it to be the same person.
  24. In 2005, Mary-Kate and Ashley, at the age of 19, sold a Manhattan penthouse apartment for $7.3 million. The penthouse was reportedly around six thousand square feet and the twins have never lived there.
  25. The Olsens have made their way to the Forbes' "Celebrity 100" list since 2002, and have also been ranked one among the richest women in the entertainment industry.
  26. "New York Minute," the last film for the twins to have acted together, reportedly earned only $5.96 million during its opening weekend. This is a record for being the lowest amount ever earned by any movie opening in over 3,000 theaters.
  27. Mary-Kate and Ashley, though shared the role of Tanner in "Full House," they appeared together on-screen in a total of four episodes. In the episode "Greek Week," Mary-Kate was seen playing the role of Meline, Michelle Tanner's cousin, for which she wore a black wig.
  28. Once in an interview, Ashley spoke about the twins schedule when they were kids, to have been pretty rigorous and insane, as it always entailed only "[go to] school, work, homework, fly to New York, get in at 2 in the morning, do a morning show at 5 a.m., then another one at 7, then a radio interview at 10," on an average day.
  29. In October 2012, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were honored with the WSJ magazine Innovator of The Year Award.
  30. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are the first twins in the world to have been awarded a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the year 2004.
  31. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Net Worth: $1 Billion

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