She was born Diana Ellen Judd to Charles Glen Judd and Pauline (née Oliver) Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky. Her father owned a gas station; her mother was a housewife and later became a riverboat cook. Her first child, Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd), was born when she 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 the College of Marin, in California, and 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.
With her daughter, Wynonna Judd, 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".
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. 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.
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.
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.
In 2005, Judd began Naomi's New Morning, a talk show on Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel. The show lasted two seasons. 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.
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.
2011, Judd starred alongside actress Laura Prepon in the Lifetime television movie The Killing Game.
2014, she starred as "Honey" in An Evergreen Christmas.
Judd competed with her husband in the first season of the FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules.
- Naomi Judd Discography
- Naomi Judd Filmography