Naomi Judd’s children are Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd. Naomi became famous as a singer, songwriter, and actress, until her death in 2022. Interestingly, the two children she has have also followed in her footsteps as while Wynonna is a singer, Ashley is an actress.
In her lifetime, Naomi got married twice, first to Michael C. Ciminella and then to Larry Strickland. She has also dated others and it was in one of those relationships that she had one of her daughters. Here is a look at her children, husbands, and other family members.
Who Are Naomi Judd’s Children?
Wynonna Ellen Judd
Wynonna is the first child of Naomi Judd. She was born on May 30, 1964, which means she is currently 58 years old. Her father is Charles Jordan, who was only known for his relationship with the singer. Charles lost his life in 2000.
Born Christina Claire Ciminella, Wynonna was brought up by her mother after her father abandoned her mother when she was still pregnant with her.
Inspired by her mother, she began her music career in 1983 and she later started a group with her mother known as The Judds. Although they were successful, her mother retired in 1991 due to the challenges she had with her health.
With that, Wynonna started her solo career in 1992 and since then, she has continued to record impressive successes. She released the following albums:
- Wynonna (1992)
- Tell Me Why (1993)
- Revelations (1996)
- The Other Side (1997)
- New Day Dawning (2000)
- What the World Needs Now Is Love (2003)
- A Classic Christmas (2006)
- Sing: Chapter 1 (2009)
- Wynonna & the Big Noise (2016)
- Recollections (2020)
- Are You Ready For The Country (2021)
In the same way, she has won numerous awards including the following:
- Billboard Music Awards
- Music Business Association
- Playboy Awards
- Academy of Country Music Awards
- Grammy Awards nomination
In her personal life, Naomi Judd has been married three times. Her first marriage was in 1996 to Arch Kelley III but the union ended in divorce in 1998. In 2003, she married D. R. Roach but again it came to an end in 2007. Her third marriage was to Cactus Moser in 2012.
Judd is a mother of two children, Grace Pauline Kelley, and Elijah Judd T.
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Born on April 19, 1968, Ashley Judd is currently 54 years old. She is the youngest of Naomi Judd’s children. Ashley was born to the late country singer from her marriage to Michael C. Ciminella and was named Ashley Tyler Ciminella at birth.
With a mother and a sister who are into the entertainment business, Ashley started her career as an actress in 1991. She came to be known for works such as Ruby in Paradise (1993), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1995), Kiss the Girls (1998) Double Jeopardy (1999), De-Lovely (2004), Bug (2006), and Missing (2012).
In 2015, she drew the attention of the media when she revealed that she was sexually harassed by a top studio mogul whom she later revealed as Harvey Weinstein. She would go on to file a sexual harassment and defamation suit against him but the sexual harassment suit was later thrown out.
The talented and award-winning actress was previously married to Dario Franchitti in 2001 but the union ended in 2013. The pair did not have any kids because Judd believes there is no need to have children considering that there are many kids already starving.
Who Are Naomi Judd’s Husbands?
As already indicated, the late country star was married twice before her death to Michael C. Ciminella and Larry Strickland.
Michael C. Ciminella
Michael C. Ciminella is said to be a marketing consultant who only became famous thanks to his marriage to Naomi Judd. The pair got married in 1964 when Diana Ellen Judd was only 17 years old and pregnant with her first daughter. After having a daughter together, the union came to an end in 1972.
Even though he was not the real father of Wynonna, he played the role so well that the singer believed for many years that he was her biological father as she used his name.
A retired businessman, Michael is also described by his daughter as a feminist. He founded his company, Ashland Aluminum Co. in 1997.
After her marriage to Michael C. Ciminella came to an end, Naomi Judd got married to Larry Strickland. The pair got married in 1989 and they remained together until her death 33 years later.
Larry was born in North Carolina and he served in the US Army for four years, from 1966 to 1970. After that, he began his musical career in the 1970s and later joined Elvis Presley on tour. He continued his musical career after the passing of Presley and he had recordings with Wynonna and Ricky Skaggs amongst others.
Naomi Judd’s First Daughter Was With Her Former Boyfriend, Charles Jordan
As indicated, the father of Naomi’s first child, Wynonna is Charles Jordan. He began dating the singer when she was still a teenager. At the age of between 16 and 17, Naomi became pregnant for Charles and as soon as he found out that she was expecting, he left her to her fate.
According to Naomi, Charles Jordan was the very first man she had sex with and it happened on the night she graduated from high school. When she called to tell him she was pregnant, he said “Well, tough luck, kiddo.”
For many years, Wynonna didn’t know about her real father until she was 30. She was hurt by the fact that her mother kept that from her for many years.