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From the beginning of The Judds' meteoric rise, Naomi' Judd's "china doll" looks and magnetic personality paralleled the duo's music for the public's attention and appreciation. As their songs became #1 hits, their RCA albums went platinum, and their concerts became sellouts. Their popularity kept them undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country award shows. They received six Grammy's, and a vast array of other awards and honors. Bringing values and insistence on integrity to every aspect of her public and personal life, she helped The Judds set new standards of excellence and ushered in the resurgence of country music's popularity.
America fell in love with the self-proclaimed country girl from Ashland, Kentucky. From small town humble beginnings, Ms. Judd, is the daughter of a gas station owner father and riverboat cook mother became a hope seller to the duo's legions of fans. The music industry labeled her the "Cinderella" of country music because of her real life rags-to-riches story.
During the Judd's eight-year reign as superstars, Naomi Judd became infinitely more to the public than a singer, songwriter, and engaging performer. She came to represent "everywoman." Having been an RN, a secretary, waitress and clerk, the divorced, working mother stood for the modern American family, with all its defects and glories.
Diagnosed in 1990 with a potentially life-threatening liver disease, Ms. Judd faced the tragedy with characteristic strength and unwavering optimism. Declaring "the Lord as her doctor and the fans as her medicine," she embarked on the triumphant 1991 Farewell Tour across the United States to personally thank the fans who had befriended her. Music critic Gerry Wood called her "the most fan-oriented superstar in country music history." She beat the odds and was pronounced cured five years later. She and her daughter Wynonna re-unite as the Judds for special events such as Super Bowl half time and The Power to Change Tour New Years Eve 2000 that aired as a CBS Special, etc.
Naomi Judd has become an authority on the mind, body, spirit connect, and wrote the best selling Naomi's Breakthrough Guide, 20 Choices to Transform Your Life. Today she continues to use all she has learned through her challenges to inform and inspire others. She is a sought after speaker on domestic violence, family values, welfare reform, health issues and an advocate for the 45 million uninsured Americans. As a spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation, she also launched the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund for Hepatitis C.
Ms. Judd uses her public visibility as a Spokesperson for MADD, Make a Difference Day and the Parents Television Council, and the annual Naomi Judd Food Drive in her hometown of Ashland, Kentucky as well as for hospice, battered women's shelters, Goodwill Industries, and the American Heart Association, etc.
Called the Face of the Boomer Generation, Naomi Judd is on the cover of AARP and Grand Magazine that also declared her America's Sexiest Grand Parent. Her autobiography Love Can Build a Bridge stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for several months and was the basis for the critically acclaimed NBC mini-series for which she served as co-executive producer. Her latest book, Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully; Facts, Myths and Good News for Boomers (2007) created a demand for a major media tour and bookstore signings. Many of her discoveries and life lessons can be found in her literary endeavor Naomi's Home Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Recipes, Food For Thought, and Kitchen Wit and Wisdom. It's a collection of her reflections on human behavior--her recipes for living--as well as favorite recipes from her own kitchen, representing the long Judd family tradition of cooking. Another book, The Transparent Life was published in 2006.
Ms. Judd's inspiring and entertaining weekly Hallmark Channel talk show, Naomi's New Morning, features stories of ordinary people to whom something extraordinary happen. It also allows her to showcase an eclectic circle of friends she has made pursuing an insatiable curiosity on an encyclopedic range of topics.
Called "The Star Next Door," Naomi Judd's magnetic personality, sharp intellect, and tell it like it is candor makes her one of the world's most admired and interesting women.
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