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Judith Light Biography

Birth Name:
Judith Ellen Licht
Birth Place:
Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

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

Awards

  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated

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