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The Most Famous Twins in Entertainment: Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen

Updated on July 28, 2013

The Olsen Twins

If you grew up in the 90's then you most likely know who Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are. They played the character of lovable Michelle Tanner on the hit TV show Full House. They grew up to star in more TV shows, movies, videos, and even own their own empire, Duelstar Entertainment. They now own their own clothing line and perfume and are enjoying their time as young adult millionaires. Up until recently, the girls have never been apart in their profession. Mary-kate is focusing on her acting career and was recently in the movie "Beastly". Ashley is focusing on their fashion line. Even though they are a lot different now, I think many people who knew them growing up have a soft spot for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Photo credit: Olsen twins poster on Amazon.

Full House Michelle
Full House Michelle

How did the Olsen twins get their start?

Six months after the girls were born in 1986, their parents took them to the Full House audition. They were the only babies that didn't cry, so they were hired! I wish i could have started a career that easy!

At 6 months old, they started their career acting for Full House. This was a good career move for the babies because a few years later they were releasing straight-to-video movies and everyone already loved the little girl from Full House.

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This is their newest works. A book about fashion!


How To Tell Them Apart

Many of these things listed below were used to tell them apart when they were younger. Most don't apply now but some can still be used to tell them apart. These attributes work well if you are watching their movies from when they were young.

  • MK is left-handed. Ashley is right-handed.
  • Ashley is a little bit taller than Mary-Kate.
  • Ashely had a freckle above her lip.
  • Mary-Kate is into sports and Ashley is more of a girly-girl. Mary-Kate usually dressed in sporty clothes, and Ashley dressed in skirts and dresses.
  • Mary-Kate usually smiles with her mouth closed.
  • Ashley smiles showing her teeth.

Recently, the sisters try hard to look different from each other. Now that they are older, they color their hair and have changed a lot. Here are some ways to tell them apart now.

  • Mary-Kate usually has brunette hair now and Ashley has kept her blonde hair.
  • Their lips are much different now. Mary-Kate has thinner lips and Ashley's are fuller. It is easy to tell in a picture (like the one above).
  • Mary-Kate is a little thinner than Ashley.

Although the girls are famous, rich, and pretty - they have their share of problems.

A few years ago, MK had an eating disorder and went to rehab for it when she was 18. She is doing much better now and has continued to act.

They are disliked by animal activists because they wear real fur. They have been labeled "The Trollsen Twins" by the Non-profit animal rights organization PETA.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How tall are the they?

A. MK is about 5 foot and Ashley is about 5 foot 1 inch.

Q. They look alike. Are they identical?

A. No, they are not identical twins. They are fraternal.

Q. Who is older?

A. Ashley is older than Mary-Kate by two minutes.

Q. Are they the only children in their family?

A. They have 1 sister and 1 brother. They also have 1 stepsister and 1 stepbrother.

Did you/do you collect MKA stuff?

When I was younger I loved the twins' movie and books. I was even a part of their fan club. I still have all of my merchandise even though I no longer collect their stuff. I can't get rid of it because I am pretty attached since it was a big part of my childhood. Do you or did you ever collect MKA stuff like books, movies, posters, makeup, etc?

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      CatCave 4 years ago

      I love their style :) x

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      babynstar 5 years ago

      Ashley is my fav!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am still growing up right now but still I could say their names at least by the age of two. Thanks to my best freinds, I have watched every single episode of Full House, I have watched The Great Adventures Of Mary Kate And Ashley, Your Invited To Mary Kate and Ashleys, Episodes Of So Little Time, and have seen all of their movies. I even have books, dolls, and of Mary Kate and Ashley. I might be the only kid fan out there if so than I can say i'm proud of my self.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Mary Kate and Ashley! But now it's different, Mary Kate usually has lighter hair than Ashley... And no, Ashley does not have a freckle over her lip, she did as a kid but it went away... And that was long before this post... probably the reason why you haven't seen it....

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      cricandcric1557 5 years ago

      Thanks for Sharing...Great Lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up watching Full House, The Adventures Of Mary-Kate and Ashley, Your Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashleys, and all of their movies still to this day i watch almost everything they were in I grew up a huge fan and still to this day im a huge fan

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi my name is Tony I wanna meet you girls in person someday.

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      I grew up with Full House and watched some of their other shows and movies too. I love those twins!

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      Both are awesome. I grew up watching and reading the full house series! Great lens :)

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I watched Full House too, and saw them grow from young girls into young teens. I thought that they were so pretty, and was sure that they would develop into beautiful young ladies, but it seems from the time they went to college they have not really done so. Mary Kate especially is so skinny now, it's a real shame.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Tell me please, sister vegetarian?

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I loved watching Full House as a kid!

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Very cute. These two girls are so nice. Great lens.

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      DavidBoon1 6 years ago

      Both are awesome . Your lens is good and informative.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My daughter has followed their whole time in the spotlight. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Ashley steward 7 years ago

      ashley and kate

      I love all yours shows and some day I Like to meet you and your sister

      from friend ashley

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      they look really cool and beautiful good work on the lens.

      from clyde

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      you nice person she your pertty and very mary and ashey

      big fans your best friend mary and ashly from yendimary

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Their book Influence looks cool! I did a lens on it.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      They are great. Nice work on the lens.

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      tpoint 8 years ago

      I have always been a fan of theirs. Thanks for taking the time to post a squidoo about them! I learned some new things I didn't know about them through your posting!