Naomi Judd

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Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd in October 2012
Naomi Judd in October 2012
Background information
Birth nameDiana Ellen Judd
Born (1946-01-11) January 11, 1946 (age 75)
OriginAshland, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active1983–1991, 1994–present
LabelsRCA Nashville/Curb
Associated actsThe Judds

Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd; January 11, 1946)[1] is an American country music singer and actress.

Early life[edit]

Judd was born to Charles Glen Judd and Pauline Ruth (née Oliver) Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky.[2] Her father owned a gas station.[2] Naomi Judd's first child, Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd), was born when Judd was 18. After the birth of her daughter Ashley (April 1968), who later became a film and stage actress, and the end of her marriage to Michael Ciminella, Judd brought up both daughters as a single parent, first attending nursing school at California's College of Marin while living in nearby Lagunitas, California[3] and later beginning a successful singing career with daughter Wynonna.[4]

The Judds[edit]

With her daughter, Wynonna Judd, she formed the highly successful singing duo known as the Judds.

As country music's most famous mother–daughter team, the Judds scored twenty top-10 hits (including fifteen at number one) and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. In addition, the duo won five Grammy Awards and a vast array of other awards and honors. As a songwriter, Judd also won a Grammy for country song of the year with the Judds' hit "Love Can Build a Bridge".[citation needed]

1991: End of the Judds, life afterward[edit]

In 1991, after selling more than 20 million albums and videos in seven years and at the pinnacle of their career, the Judds came to an abrupt end when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The band ended on a high note: Their Farewell Tour was the top grossing act, and their farewell concert the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history.[citation needed] In 1991, Judd created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund to raise awareness of Hepatitis C, and uses the strength of her experiences as spokes-model for the American Liver Foundation.[citation needed]

In 1993, she received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.[5][6][7][8]

She continued to act occasionally (one of her first acting jobs was a small role in More American Graffiti in 1979). In 1999, she starred as Lily Waite alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney in the film A Holiday Romance.

In 1999, The Judds re-united for a New Year's Eve concert in Phoenix at the America West Arena, with Ashley as the MC. In 2000, the Judds re-united again for their "Power to Change" tour, performing to over 300,000 people on thirty dates. The duo was nominated as the Academy of Country Music's top vocal duo of the year in 2001. From 2003 to 2004, Judd also served as one of the judges of the revamped version of Star Search hosted by Arsenio Hall.

In 2005, Judd began Naomi's New Morning, a talk show on Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel. The show lasted two seasons.[9] She is also the author of several self-help books including the recent Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers.[10]

In 2008, Judd joined a new television reality-competition series Can You Duet, as a judge and mentor. The show, by the producers of American Idol, aired on Country Music Television.

In 2011, Judd starred alongside actress Laura Prepon in the Lifetime television movie The Killing Game.

In 2014, she starred as "Honey" in An Evergreen Christmas.[11]

Judd competed with her husband in the first season of the Fox Broadcasting reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Her second marriage was on May 6, 1989, to Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet.


Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
2004 "Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)" Wynonna Judd 33 What the World Needs Now Is Love


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Judds Biography". Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2020. The Judds' story began in Ashland, KY, where Naomi was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946.
  2. ^ a b Millard, Bob (1988). The Judds: A Biography. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385244411.
  3. ^ Selvin, Joel (January 21, 1998). "Naomi Judd Attunes Life To Healing Mind and Body". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (May 2007). "Saved by the Belle". AARP The Magazine. Archived from the original on May 21, 2007. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". American Academy of Achievement.
  6. ^ Salemy, Shirley (June 27, 1993). "1993 Salute to Excellence, Stars of today and tomorrow meet in Glacier" (PDF). Great Falls Tribune.
  7. ^ Warren, Ellen (June 14, 2004). "A meeting of the minds, Hollywood A-listers, Nobel Prize winners, Mayor Daley and myriad other geniuses rub elbows at International Achievement Summit" (PDF). Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ "2004 Summit Highlights Photo". 2004. Academy Awards Council member Naomi Judd presents the Golden Plate Award to philanthropist Martha Ingram.
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2006.
  10. ^ Johnson, Caitlin A. (February 11, 2009). "Naomi Judd Says 'Age Gratefully'". CBS News. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "An Evergreen Christmas". November 4, 2014.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (May 13, 2016). "Fox Orders 'My Kitchen Rules' Cooking Series With Curtis Stone & Cat Cora". TV Tonight. Retrieved May 15, 2016.

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