Naomi Judd had a net worth of $25 million and was an American singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and book. Naomi was the mother of Wynonna Judd, a country singer, and Ashley Judd, an actor. In the early 1980s, she co-founded the singing group The Judds with Wynonna Judd.
“Why Not Me” (1984), “Rockin’ with the Rhythm” (1985), “Heartland” (1987), “Christmas Time with The Judds” (1987), “River of Time” (1989), and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990) were the Judds’ studio albums, and they received six Grammy Awards.
The Judds separated in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C after 14 #1 hits. In the year 2021, the Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Naomi has appeared in the films “More American Graffiti” (1979), “Family Tree” (1999), “Someone Like You” (2001), and “An Evergreen Christmas” (2014), as well as the television movies “Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story” (1983), “Rio Diablo” (1993), “A Holiday Romance” (1999), “The Killing Game” (2011), and “Nearland” (2011). (2013). Judd has also appeared in episodes of “Sisters,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Touched by an Angel,” and “Frasier” (2002).
“Naomi’s Home Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Recipes, Food for Thought, and Kitchen Wit and Wisdom” (2000), “I Sing Harmony: 30 Proven Ways to Get in Tune with Your Life” (2008), and “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” (2010) are among her many publications (2016).
Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, on January 11, 1946. Judd was raised by his mother Polly, father Charles (the proprietor of a gas station), and three siblings. Brian, her younger brother, died of leukemia when he was only 17 years old.
Naomi completed nursing school at the College of Marin in California while raising her daughters as a single mother before her singing career took off.
Breakups and solo projects
The Judds’ career came to an abrupt end in 1991, after selling more than 20 million albums and videos in seven years and being at the zenith of their success. Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C.
The band’s farewell tour was the highest-grossing act of all time, and their farewell show was the most lucrative musical event in cable pay-per-view history.
To raise awareness of hepatitis C, Judd established the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund in 1991, and she drew on her experiences as a spokeswoman for the American Liver Foundation.
She was honored by the American Academy of Achievement with the Golden Plate Award in 1993.
She continued to perform on occasion (one of her first acting jobs was a small role in More American Graffiti in 1979). In the 1999 film A Holiday Romance, she played Lily Waite alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney.
The Judds reunited for a New Year’s Eve concert at the America West Arena in Phoenix in 1999, with Ashley serving as the MC. The Judds reunited for their “Power to Change” tour in 2000, performing in front of nearly 300,000 fans on 30 dates.
In 2001, the duo was nominated as the top vocal duo of the year by the Academy of Country Music. From 2003 to 2004, Judd served as a judge on Arsenio Hall’s updated edition of Star Search.
Judd started Naomi’s New Morning, a Hallmark Channel conversation show on Sunday mornings, in 2005. The show had a two-season run. Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers is only one of her many self-help publications (2007).
Judd joined Can You Duet, a new television reality-competition series, as a judge and mentor in 2008. CMT broadcasted the show. In 2011, Judd co-starred in the Lifetime television film The Killing Game with Laura Prepon.
She played “Honey” in An Evergreen Christmas in 2014. Judd and her husband competed in the first season of Fox Broadcasting’s reality culinary show My Kitchen Rules in 2017.
Death and personal life
Judd married Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet for the second time on May 6, 1989.
Judd had sadness, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicide thoughts after her last tour. Edema, baldness, and tremors were among the side effects of the drugs she was administered, including lithium.
She died on April 30, 2022, near Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 76. Her children tweeted, in part, to announce her death: “We had a tragedy today as sisters. Our lovely mother succumbed to the disease of mental illness.”