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
- 2011 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
- 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- 2012 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
- 2013 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (BFA in Drama, 1971)