Judith Light

Judith Light was born on 9th February 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey in U.S.A.. Her birth name was Judith Ellen Light. She is the only daughter and child of Pearl Sue Hollander, who was a model, and her dad Sidney Light, who was an accountant. She is notoriously known as an American actress and producer.

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Judith Light  schooled at St. Mary’s Hall- Doane Academy high school in the year 1966 (the school is now called Doane Academy).  Doane academy is situated in Burlington in New Jersey. After her successful completion of high school, Light went on to join college.

She attended the Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Drama. Judith has referred to the college as  "rigorous" and "amazing".


Judith Light started her career as a professional actress in stage plays. Her first one was Richard III, which took place during the California Shakespeare Festival  in the year 1970. Light’s most famous breakthrough in the movie industry is when she appeared on Broadway. The film went viral in the 70’s and everybody was talking about her.

She has also appeared in the One Life to Live TV soap opera which aired on ABC from the year 1977 to 1983, where she played as Karen Wolek. Light was such a talented actress that she won a notable Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, not just once but twice!

Later on between 1984 and 1992, Judith starred in Who’s the Boss as Angela Bower, which was another TV series aired on ABC sitcom. Judith has acted in several series and movies, some that were prominent and won awards and others that did not air for long.

Some of her notable films include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which was a legal crime drama series aired on NBC TV station. She also played as Claire Meade in the famous comedy-drama TV series called Ugly Betty, played on ABC TV station. Light was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2007 because of the Ugly Betty film.

Light has always been an outstanding actress and in the year 2011, she received a Tony Award nomination from her role in the original Broadway film called Lombardi. Good fortune followed Judith when she won two consecutive Tony Awards in the years 2012 and 2013. Her awards were based on her performance in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties.

Some of Light’s current film roles were in the Dallas drama series in 2013, which was aired on TNT TV station. In 2014, Judith joined Transparent, a comedy-drama produced by Amazon Studios. As a matter 0of fact, Judith Light earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Television Award nominations based on the Transparent film. Judith Light has been acting for so many years and the number of movies and TV series she has appeared on is too long to be listed here. You can easily find her impressive filmography online.


Judith light has won many awards that cannot all be listed here. A few include:-

·         Two Emmy Awards for the One Life to Live film

·         two Soapy Awards for the One Life to Live film

·         a Soap Opera Hall of Fame Award for One Life to Live film

·         Hellen Hayes Award, received for her performance in the off-Broadway tour of "Wit" film (1999) in which she shaved her hair completely in order to act as Vivian Bearing, a literary academic woman that was dying of ovarian cancer

·         Elliot Norton Award for Wit in Boston

Personal life

Judith Light is married to Robert Desiderio, an actor, whom they met while acting the One Life to Live film back in 1968. The two wedded in 1985 but they have no kids. Her reason is that she wanted to be a full-time mother, which she cannot with her career.

She is a strong activist for gay rights and she and her husband even earned a Mathew Shepard Foundations 1st annual ‘Making a Difference Award’ for their unending dedication to stop all forms of hate. In addition to all this, Light is involved in many charity events. Her net worth is estimated to be around $5 Million dollars.


Being in the industry for so long, Light is  a mentor to upcoming actresses and even  to some established ones who want to take the career seriously throughout their life. She has definitely made it.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 9 Feb, 1949
Age: 71 yrs
Occupations: Television actor
Film actor
Stage actor
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Trenton
residence: California
Education: Carnegie Mellon University
Gender: Female
Description: American actress
Twitter Id: Judithlight
Spouse: Robert Desiderio [M. 1985]
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Last Modified: Jun 26 2020
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