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Naomi Judd Biography

Birth Name:
Diana Ellen Judd
Birth Place:
Ashland, Kentucky, United States
Country singer

Fast Facts

  • Gave birth to her first daughter, Wynonna, the week of her high-school graduation
  • Worked as a nurse before starting her career in entertainment
  • After divorcing her first husband, she moved her family from Los Angeles to Kentucky because "the kids were starting to think Hollywood was normal
  • " In 1983, took daughter Wynonna to a live audition for the RCA Nashville record executives, who signed them to a record deal within an hour
  • Along with daughter Wynonna, became the first female country act to found their own booking agency
  • Took a hiatus from performing professionally in 1991 after being diagnosed with hepatitis C and founded the Naomi Judd Research Fund
  • In 2000, she told Larry King that she was cured
  • In April 2011, said of daughter Ashley Judd's memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, that she would one day get around to reading it since she wanted to "honor her [daughter's] reality
  • " Has authored more than 10 books on such topics as cooking, aging and her struggles with hepatitis C