Naomi Judd was an American singer and actress. She is famous for forming the country music duo ‘the Judds’ in 1983 with her daughter, Wynonna. The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen #1 hits, and received more than sixty industry awards, including six Grammys and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophies. Later, the band abrupted when Naomi was stricken with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease that she contracted from an infected needle while working as a nurse. In 2004, Naomi published the self-penned Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than eight weeks. In 2012, she hosted a six-week SiriusXM radio series entitled “Think Twice.” Naomi and her daughter were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the day after her death in 2022. 

Naomi Judd Cause of Death

After her last tour, Naomi started developing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts. The medication she was prescribed, lithium, produced side effects including edema, alopecia, and tremors. On 20th April 2022, she died near Nashville, Tennessee. She dies at 76. Announcing her death, her daughters tweeted, in part: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” According to them, they lost their mother because of the disease of mental illness (suicide cause). She passed away just one day before she was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

What was Naomi Judd Famous For?

  • Being a singer as well as an actor. 
  • Forming the country music duo “The Judds” in 1983 alongside her daughter, Wynonna Judd. 

Who are the Parents of Naomi Judd?

Naomi Judd was born on 11th January 1946 with the birth name of Diana Ellen Judd. She was from Ashland, Kentucky, the USA. She holds American nationality and her ethnicity is American-White. Her race is White. She lastly celebrated her 76th birthday as of 2022. Capricorn is her zodiac sign and her religion is Christianity.

About her parents, she was the daughter of Pauline Ruth “Polly” (née Oliver) (mother) and Charles Glen Judd (father). By profession, Her dad owned a gas station. She also had a sibling a brother, Brian who died of leukemia at the age of 17 in 1965. 

She attended nursing school at California’s College of Marin while living in nearby Lagunitas, California, and later began a successful singing career with her daughter Wynonna. 

Singer and Actress, Naomi Judd


Naomi Judd Career Timeline

  • Naomi formed the singing duo known as ‘The Judds’ with her daughter, Wynonna Judd. 
  • The mother-daughter team scored twenty top ten hits (including fifteen number ones) and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. 
  • The duo released their single “Mama, He’s Crazy”, and it went to the top of Billboard’s country charts. After that, they didn’t look behind and went on to give 14 consecutive No. 1 hits. The list included “Why Not Me,” “Love Is Alive,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)”.
  • Later, ‘The Judds’ came to end after Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1991 after they sold over 20 million albums and videos in seven years. 
  • The band ended on a high note: their farewell tour was the top-grossing act, and their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history. 
  • After then, she created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund in 1991 to raise awareness of hepatitis C and used the strength of her experiences as a spokesmodel for the American Liver Foundation. 
  • She continued to act occasionally (one of her first acting jobs was a small role in More American Graffiti in 1979).
  • In the year 1999, she starred as Lily Waite alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney in the film “A Holiday Romance”. 
  • In the year 1999, The Judds reunited for a New Year’s Eve concert in Phoenix at the America West Arena, with Ashley as the MC. 
  • After a year, the Judds reunited again for their “Power to Change” tour, performing to over 300,000 people on 30 dates. 
  • From 2003 to 2004, she judged on the revamped version of “Star Search” hosted by Arsenio Hall. 
  • In the year 2005, she began “Naomi’s New Morning”, a talk show on Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel. 
  • Moreover, she is also the author of several self-help books, including “Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers” (2007).
  • In addition, she joined a new television reality competition series “Can You Duet”, as a judge and mentor in 2008. 
  • In 2011, she starred alongside actress Laura Prepon in the Lifetime television movie “The Killing Game”. 
  • In the year 2014, she starred as “Honey” in An Evergreen Christmas. 
  • She competed with her husband in the first season of the Fox Broadcasting reality cooking series “My Kitchen Rules” in the year 2017.
  • The Judds came to fame in later 2021 after they were named as 2022 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Judds came together for the very last time in 2022 when they performed at the CMT Music Awards. They had announced an 11-day nationwide tour later in 2022. Unfortunately, it couldn’t happen. 

Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna


Naomi Judd Awards and Achievements

  • Won five Grammy Awards and a vast array of other awards and honors with her daughter, Wynonna Judd
  • Won a Country Song of the Year Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge”
  • Received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1993
  • Nominated as the Academy of Country Music’s top vocal duo of the year in 2001 with Ashley

Who is Naomi Judd married to?

Naomi Judd was a married woman. She firstly married her handsome husband, Michael Ciminella. Their first child, Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd), was born when Judd was 18. After the birth of her second 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. She tried her best to keep the family altogether by doing various kinds of jobs. In 2021, Naomi told that during that period they were broken too much, but still kept their sanity within themselves. She married for the second time on 6th May 1989, to Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet. Prior to her death, Naomi and Larry were living a happy life. Her sexual orientation was straight. 

Naomi Judd and her second husband, Larry Strickland

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How much was Naomi Judd Net Worth?

Naomi Judd was a successful singer, actress, songwriter, author, spokesperson, voice actor, activist as well s a motivational speaker. As of 2022, the net worth of Naomi Judd is estimated to have been $25 Million at the time of her death. Her main source of wealth is from the music industry and entertainment industry. Before her demise, she was living a lavish lifestyle from her earnings. Whereas her exact salary and career earnings are still to get disclosed yet but there is no doubt in the mind of her followers that she was making a considerable amount of money from her work. 

How tall was Naomi Judd?

Naomi Judd was a beautiful singer with a standing height of 5 feet 6 inches or 1.67 m. Her body weight measured 58 Kg. Her body type was average. She had a blonde hair color and her eye color was brown. Her body measurement was 32-26-32 in.

Did You Know?

  • Since a very young age, Judd was musically gifted child.
  • She spent some time working as a secretary, clerk, and working in restaurants to raise her daughter prior to her fame.
  • She had a small role in the More American Graffiti movie which was made in 1979.
  • She was forced to leave her band in 1991 because she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
  • She has also written a book, titled, Love, Can Build a Bridge.
  • Because of her illness, Naomi Judd became the spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation.
  • She is a Hepatitis C-free survivor.

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