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Judd Family Remains Close

February 11, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Wyonna Judd isn’t too much of a Pollyana when she talks about her famous family _ mother Naomi and sister Ashley _ and how they all get along.

``We put the fun in dysfunctional,″ Wynonna joked in the March issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.

The sisters _ Wyonna with a new country album ``The Other Side″ and Ashley fresh from a fiery performance in ``Kiss the Girls″ _ have been competitive at times.

They are ``very different, creative, creatively different, strong-willed,″ said their mother, who with Wyonna sold more than 15 million records as The Judds. Naomi quit touring after her 1990 diagnosis with hepatitis C, which is in remission. The family’s home base is outside Nashville, Tenn.

The sisters said they once ``tortured each other″ but now try to revel in each other’s differences.

Ashley, the self-described family watchdog, said her mother is ``a people person″ and her sister is ``not afraid to say what she thinks.″

``Wy is willing to make herself vulnerable to the outside. But I’m the most protective of our privacy and our rituals,″ Ashley said.

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