Judith Light

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  • Birth Name: Judith Ellen Licht
  • Birth Place: Trenton, NJ
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/09/1949, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; producer
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Judith Light Fast Facts:Toured with the USO in a production of Guys and Dolls while still in college. 
  • In the early 1970s, performed with the Milwaukee Repertory and the Seattle Repertory Theatres.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a 1975 production of A Doll's House.
  • Garnered critical acclaim as housewife-turned-prostitute Karen Wolek on the soap One Life to Live, earning two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980 and 1981.
  • Played the mother of a boy stricken with AIDS in the 1989 TV-biopic The Ryan White Story, which prompted her to become involved with several AIDS charities including Project Angel Food, Heart Strings and the Names Project.
  • Took voice lessons and shaved off her blonde tresses to play a cancer-stricken English professor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
  • Along with her husband, Robert Desiderio, she was presented with the Making a Difference Award on behalf of the Matthew Shepard Foundation in 2006.
  • Along with her work for AIDS charities, Light is also an advocate for LGBT and human-rights organizations, including GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign.
  • Judith Light Relationships:
  • Pearl Sue Licht - Mother
  • Robert Desiderio - Husband
  • Sidney Licht - Father
  • Judith Light Awards:
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2012 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
  • 2011 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • 2013 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
  • College:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (BFA in Drama, 1971)

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