Ashland native Naomi Judd, who gained fame and fortune when she teamed with daughter Wynonna to sell millions of records in the 1980s and 1990s as The Judds, is about to add her hand and footprints to the Kentucky version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Naomi Judd, then known as Diana Judd, was born and raised in Ashland and graduated from Ashland Hgh School. Ashley Judd, Naomi’s youngest daughter, award-winning actress, University of Kentucky graduate and huge UK basketball fan, attended Paul G. Blazer High School while living with her grandmother, Polly Judd, as her mother and sister traveled the country as The Judds.
Naomi Judd will be inducted to the Kentucky Walk of Legends on Saturday. The Kentucky Walk of Legends honors entertainers with a cast of their hand and footprints in cement along with their signature.
The casts are on display at Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant in downtown Louisville. Past honorees include Lily Tomlin, Conrad Bachmann and Warren Oates. The Walk of Legends is part of the annual Louisville International Festival of Film, which begins Thursday.
While illness forced Naomi Judd to retire from performing, Wynonna Judd continues to turn out hits as a solo performer. Meanwhile, Naomi has become a bestselling author and popular speaker. Among her many charitable deeds, she makes it possible for Feed the Children to annually deliver a semi-trailer full of food and supplies to Ashland. Naomi Judd has never sought credit for her vital role in helping feed the hungry in this community. It is just something she quietly does for her hometown.
We would not be the least bit surprised if someday Wynonna and Ashley join their mother on the Kentucky Walk of Legends, but they may be a bit too young to be considered a “legend,” but Naomi is old enough to have earned that distinction.