Ashley Kruiz

Ashley Kruiz

Ashley Kruiz, known as the “Sweetheart of the South” or “automatic, Kruzamatic”, was an entertainer who had roots in Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia.   Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, her first appearance in drag was about 30 miles southeast of her hometown at Café LMNOP in Lexington.  She had performed all over the country and been a part of many top show casts including “LaBoy LaFemme” in Louisville, Kentucky and “Charlie Brown’s Cabaret” in Atlanta.   In most recent years, Ashley had been seen at places like Stage Door in Tucker, Georgia and Burkharts in Atlanta.  Sadly we lost this amazing member of our community on Sunday, March 31, 2013.    Our heart goes out to all of Ashley’s family and friends during this time of mourning.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay Cobb County 2012

Florida Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2012
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

1st Alternate to Miss Heart of America Continental Elite 2012
Prelim to Miss Continental Elite

Miss Missouri Continental Elite 2010
Prelim to Miss Continental Elite

Miss Gay Georgia USofA Classic 2008
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA Classic

Miss Gay Alabama America 2006
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Tampa Bay USofA 2004
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Dock 2004
(Dock Complex – Cincinnati, Ohio)

Miss Tri-State All-Star 2004

Miss National 1998

Miss Gulf Coast National 1998
Prelim to Miss National

Miss 1470 West 1998
(1470 West – Dayton, Ohio)

Miss Hotlanta International 1997

Miss Gay Orlando 1997

1st Alternate to Miss Continental 1997

Miss Tennessee Continental 1997
Prelim to Miss Continental

1st Alternate to Miss Gay South USofA 1997
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Top 10 at Miss Gay America 1996

Miss Gay Mid Atlantic America 1996
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Indiana USofA 1995
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay Georgia USofA 1994
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Georgia Continental 1992
Prelim to Miss Continental

Miss Mason-Dixon USofA 1988
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

A Memorial Show was held on May 12th, 2013 at Jungle Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ashley Kruiz Memorial

Ashley Kruiz Memorial

Ashley on Social Media: Facebook

 Ashley and Friends

  1. Ashley will live in the hearts, minds and souls of all who love her. Rest in peace my sister.

  2. The first time I saw Ashley Kruiz perform was at Loretta’s, “Home of the Cutie Pies”, in Atlanta, Georgia. When Madonna’s Vogue was a hit, J and J Productions, which was owned by the late Joseph Dobbins and the late Joel Davenport, were the owners of the pageant, Miss Vogue. Ashley Kruiz won hands! She was a great entertainer and it was a pleasure to have followed her over the years. Before her death, I had the good pleasure of interviewing her for 100 of the Most Influential Gay Entertainers, Volume II. You can find out more about her life and her story by visiting the website listed, or http://www.lulu.com/shop.