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      Judith Light

      Judith Light

      Highest Rated: 88% The Menu (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Hot Air (2018)

      Birthday: Feb 9, 1949

      Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA

      Judith Ellen Light was born on Feb. 9, 1949 in Trenton, NJ. Shortly after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in drama, Light became a professional stage actor, making her way to Broadway by 1975 with a role in the contemporaneous revival of "A Doll's House." Just two years later, Light landed her breakout role on the soap opera "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968-2012), on which she'd star through 1983. Light's performance as the character Karen Wolek earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. Upon leaving the series, she became the costar of the popular sitcom "Who's the Boss?" (ABC 1984-1992), on which she played single parent Angela Bower. Following the conclusion of the series, it would be more than a decade before Light landed another regular television role; in the interim period, she worked again on the stage and in notable one-off and recurring performances, namely on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999-). Her next regular role came with the comedy series "Ugly Betty" (ABC 2006-2010), which earned Light her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Not long afterward, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the 2011 Broadway production of "Lombardi." Though she did not win, she'd go on to win a Tony the following year for her role in "Other Desert Cities" and another in 2013 for "The Assembled Parties." Her next such accolade would come by way of her performance on the dramedy series "Transparent" (Amazon 2014-19), on which she played the narcissistic Shelly Pfefferman. In addition to two Emmy nominations, her work on the series earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

      Highest rated movies

      The Menu Tick, Tick... Boom! Before You Know It
      The Same Storm
      Ira and Abby
      Save Me
      Digging for Fire
      Down Low

      Photos

      Judith Light Judith Light at arrivals for THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY FYC Event, Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater, Los Angeles, CA March 19, 2018. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 - Arrivals 1, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 21st Annual Critics'' Choice Awards, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA January 17, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA April 2, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 1, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for The Paley Honors: Celebrating Women in Television, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY May 17, 2017. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA April 1, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 1, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 1, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Judith Light at the after-party for Elton John AIDS Foundation 27th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, The City of West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for NBC and Universal Television SUPERSTORE FYC Screening, NBC Universal Studios, Universal City, CA March 5, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for 73rd Annual Tony Awards, Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY June 9, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light at arrivals for PaleyFest New York: TRANSPARENT, The Paley Center for Media, New York, NY October 19, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for PaleyFest New York: TRANSPARENT, The Paley Center for Media, New York, NY October 19, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY June 7, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for Elton John AIDS Foundation''s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY October 28, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for Elton John AIDS Foundation''s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY October 28, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Judith Light in the press room for The 67th Annual Tony Awards - Press Room, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY June 9, 2013. Photo By: Andres Otero/Everett Collection Judith Light at arrivals for The 67th Annual Tony Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY June 9, 2013. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of My Mind Unknown (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Wife Unknown (Character) - 2023
      64% No Score Yet Down Low Unknown (Character) - 2023
      88% 76% The Menu Anne (Character) $38.5M 2022
      79% No Score Yet The Same Storm Shirlee Salt (Character) - 2021
      87% 96% Tick, Tick... Boom! Rosa Stevens (Character) - 2021
      57% 91% Ms. White Light Val (Character) - 2019
      83% 55% Before You Know It Sherrell Ghearhardt (Character) $151.2K 2019
      17% 62% Hot Air Judith Montefiore-Salters (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 62% Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story Matron Grady (Character) - 2018
      65% 41% Digging for Fire Grandma (Character) $119.4K 2015
      33% 19% We'll Never Have Paris Jean (Character) - 2014
      38% 34% Last Weekend Veronika Goss (Character) $6.1K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhymes With Banana Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of Broadway: The Ensemble Behind Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Unknown (Character) - 2011
      68% 66% Save Me Gayle (Character),
      Producer
      $82.4K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Broken Sole Hilary (Character) - 2007
      69% 62% Ira and Abby Arlene Black (Character) $220.2K 2006
      No Score Yet 63% Joseph: King of Dreams Zuleika (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet 0% Carriers Maj. Carmen Travis (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 55% Too Close to Home Diana Donahue (Character) - 1997
      60% No Score Yet Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End Self - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder at My Door Irene McNair (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 38% A Strange Affair Lisa McKeever (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow Anna Lerner (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 46% Lady Killer Janice Mitchell (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayal of Trust Barbara Noël (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 67% Against Their Will: Women in Prison Alice Needham (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 53% Men Don't Tell Laura MacAffrey (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wife, Mother, Murderer Marie Hilley/Robbi/Teri (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Defense of a Married Man Laura Simmons (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 67% The Ryan White Story Jeanne White (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 56% My Boyfriend's Back Vickie Vine (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Affection Cathy Proctor (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Intimate Agony Marsha (Character) - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      96% 90% Julia Blanche Knopf (Character) 2022-2023
      71% 82% Shining Vale Joan (Character) 2022-2023
      98% 81% Poker Face Irene Smothers (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accidental Wolf Unknown (Character) 2022
      51% 80% The Politician Dede Standish (Character) 2020
      96% 82% Manhunt Bobi Jewell (Character) 2020
      91% 76% Transparent Shelly Pfefferman (Character) 2014-2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016-2017
      55% 76% Doubt Carolyn Rice (Guest Star) 2017
      75% 84% I'm Sorry Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      75% 96% Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2014
      96% 90% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 76% The Exes Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      81% 88% Nurse Jackie Maureen Cooper (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Elizabeth Donnelly (Guest Star) 2002-2007 2009-2010
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Claire Meade (Character) 2006-2010
      26% No Score Yet Twenty Good Years Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Herself (Guest Voice) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stones Barbara Stone (Character) 2004
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      44% No Score Yet Phenom Dianne Doolan (Character) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Angela Bower (Character) 1984-1992
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Laetitia Pomerantz (Guest Star) 1977