(born January 11, 1946) is an American country music singer
, and activist.
She was born Diana Ellen Judd
to Charles Glen Judd and his wife Pauline (Oliver) Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland
. Her father owned a gas station; her mother started out as a homemaker but later became a riverboat cook. Her first child, Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd
), was born when she was only 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 going to nursing school but later beginning a successful singing career with daughter Wynonna.
Her second marriage was on May 6, 1989, to Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet
. They have no children together.
With her daughter, Wynonna Judd
, Naomi 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 #1s) 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, Naomi also won a Grammy for Country Song of the Year with the Judds' smash hit "Love Can Build a Bridge".
Activist, author, motivational speaker and actress
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