31 Years Ago: Naomi Judd Marries Larry Strickland
Happy anniversary to Naomi Judd! The singer is celebrating 31 years of marriage with her husband, Larry Strickland, today (May 6).
Judd and Strickland wed at Christ Church in Nashville in 1989, with both of Judd's daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, serving as bridesmaids. In addition to her duties as a bridesmaid, Wynonna Judd also performed during the ceremony, along with band member Don Potter.
Naomi Judd's marriage to Strickland is her second marriage; she was previously married to Michael Ciminella, Ashley Judd's father (Judd's given name is Ashley Tyler Ciminella). Wynonna Judd was also given Ciminella's name at birth (her birth name is Christina Claire Ciminella), though her biological father is Charles Jordan, Naomi Judd's ex-boyfriend.
Naomi Judd and Michael Ciminella's marriage ended in divorce in 1972. With Strickland, however, the Kentucky native says that she knows what has made their marriage stand the test of time.
“We come from common backgrounds,” Judd tells Closer Weekly. “Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue collar. He worked in the tobacco fields every summer. My daddy had his own gas station and taught me the hard work ethic. Larry is the most humble person I've ever met.”
This story was originally written by Gayle Thompson, and revised by Annie Zaleski.
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