Judith Light


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Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Judith Light made her professional stage debut in 1970 and made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House (1973) starring Liv Ullmann and Sam Waterston. She made her television breakthrough in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (1968). She assumed the role of Karen Woleck (originated by Kathryn ... See full bio »

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Known For

Who's the Boss? Angela Bower
(1984-1992)
Transparent Shelly Pfefferman
(2014-2019)
Ugly Betty Claire Meade
(2006-2010)
One Life to Live Karen Wolek
(1977-1983)

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 2020 Manhunt: Unabomber (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (2020)
 2019 The Politician (TV Series)
Dede Standish
- Vienna (2019) ... Dede Standish
 2014-2019 Transparent (TV Series short)
Shelly Pfefferman
- Transparent Musicale Finale (2019) ... Shelly Pfefferman
- They Is on the Way (2017) ... Shelly Pfefferman
- Desert Eagle (2017) ... Shelly Pfefferman
- Babar the Borrible (2017) ... Shelly Pfefferman
- I Never Promised You a Promised Land (2017) ... Shelly Pfefferman
 2019 Ms. White Light
Val
 2019 Before You Know It
Sherrell
 2019 Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (TV Movie)
Matron Grady
 2018-2019 Queen America (TV Series)
Regina
- Promises, Promises (2019) ... Regina
- Texas (2018) ... Regina
- Social Awareness 101 (2018) ... Regina
 2018 Hot Air
Judith Montefiore-Salters
 2018 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Deidre Quinn
- Day 492 (2018) ... Deidre Quinn
 2018 American Crime Story (TV Series)
Marilyn Miglin
- Alone (2018) ... Marilyn Miglin
- A Random Killing (2018) ... Marilyn Miglin
 2017 Transparent: The Lost Sessions (TV Series)
Shelly Pfefferman
- Josh and Shelly Deal With Separation Anxiety (2017) ... Shelly Pfefferman
 2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (TV Series short)
Mrs. Wright
- Ninki Ninja Fight Town/My Mischievous Son (2017) ... Mrs. Wright (voice)
 2017 I'm Sorry (TV Series)
Judy
- Pilot (2017) ... Judy
 2017 Doubt (TV Series)
Carolyn Rice
- The Return (2017) ... Carolyn Rice
- Running Out of Time (2017) ... Carolyn Rice
- I'm In If You Are (2017) ... Carolyn Rice
- Top Dog/Underdog (2017) ... Carolyn Rice
- Where Do We Go From Here? (2017) ... Carolyn Rice
 2012-2015 The Exes (TV Series)
Marjorie
- The Wedding (2015) ... Marjorie
- Sister Act (2012) ... Marjorie
- A Very Wrong Engagement (2012) ... Marjorie
 2015 Digging for Fire
Grandma
 2014 The Winklers (TV Movie)
Tita Winkler
 2013-2014 Dallas (TV Series)
Judith Ryland
- Brave New World (2014) ... Judith Ryland
- Endgame (2014) ... Judith Ryland
- Boxed In (2014) ... Judith Ryland
- Victims of Love (2014) ... Judith Ryland
- Denial, Anger, Acceptance (2014) ... Judith Ryland
 2014 Last Weekend
Veronika Goss
 2014 Raising Hope (TV Series)
Louise
- Dinner with Tropes (2014) ... Louise
 2014 Ten X Ten (TV Mini-Series)
Woman 60s
 2012 Scrooge & Marley
Narrator
 2012 Rhymes with Banana
Judith Light
 2011 Eden (TV Series)
Olivia Sparks
- Pilot (2011) ... Olivia Sparks
 2011 Other People's Kids (TV Movie)
Laura
 2011 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Maureen Cooper
- Rat Falls (2011) ... Maureen Cooper
 2010 Submissions Only (TV Series)
Sharon Duvall
- Reason to Stay ... Sharon Duvall
 2002-2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly / Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly
- Behave (2010) ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
- Confidential (2010) ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
- Zebras (2009) ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
- Persona (2008) ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
- Cold (2008) ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
 2006-2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Claire Meade
- Hello Goodbye (2010) ... Claire Meade
- The Past Presents the Future (2010) ... Claire Meade
- London Calling (2010) ... Claire Meade
- Million Dollar Smile (2010) ... Claire Meade
- All the World's a Stage (2010) ... Claire Meade (credit only)
 2006-2008 Twenty Good Years (TV Series)
Gina
- Murder He Thought (2008) ... Gina
- Jeffrey's Choice (2006) ... Gina
- Pilot (2006) ... Gina
 2007 Save Me
Gayle
 2006 A Broken Sole
Hilary
 2006 Ira & Abby
Arlene Black
 2004 The Stones (TV Series)
Barbara Stone
- Road Not Taken (2004) ... Barbara Stone
- The Lawyer Trap (2004) ... Barbara Stone
- Seamus on You (2004) ... Barbara Stone
- Pilot (2004) ... Barbara Stone
- The Lonely Goatherd ... Barbara Stone
 2002 Spin City (TV Series)
Christine
- O Mother, Where Art Thou? (2002) ... Christine
 2001 Born in Brooklyn (TV Movie)
Catherine
 2000 Joseph: King of Dreams (Video)
Zuleika (voice)
 2000 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
 1998 Carriers (TV Movie)
Maj. Carmen Travis
 1998 The Simple Life (TV Series)
Sara Campbell
- The Luke & Sara Show (1998) ... Sara Campbell
- The Fly-Fishing Show (1998) ... Sara Campbell
- Sara's Ex (1998) ... Sara Campbell
- The Other Mother (1998) ... Sara Campbell
- The Church Supper (1998) ... Sara Campbell
 1997 Cow and Chicken (TV Series short)
Nurse
- Space Cow/The Legend of Sailcat (1997) ... Nurse (voice)
 1996-1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Ursula Bacon 'Honey' Chicken
- Four Weddings Inconceivable (1997) ... (voice)
- Cock Tales for Four (1996) ... Ursula Bacon 'Honey' Chicken (voice)
- They Craved Duckman's Brain! (1996) ... Ursula Bacon 'Honey' Chicken (voice)
 1997 Too Close to Home (TV Movie)
Diana Donahue
 1996 A Step Toward Tomorrow
Anna Lerner
 1996 Murder at My Door (TV Movie)
Irene McNair
 1996 A Husband, a Wife and a Lover (TV Movie)
Lisa McKeever
 1995 Lady Killer (TV Movie)
Janice Mitchell
 1994 Against Their Will (TV Movie)
Alice Needham
 1993-1994 Phenom (TV Series)
Dianne Doolan
- Strictly Lunchroom (1994) ... Dianne Doolan
- It's a Wonderful Mid-Life Crisis (1994) ... Dianne Doolan
- Angela's Fifteen Minutes (1994) ... Dianne Doolan
- Dianne's Young Buck (1994) ... Dianne Doolan
 1994 Betrayal of Trust (TV Movie)
Barbara Noël
 1993 Men Don't Tell (TV Movie)
Laura MacAffrey
 1984-1992 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Angela Bower
- Savor the Veal: Part 3 (1992) ... Angela Bower
- Savor the Veal: Part 2 (1992) ... Angela Bower
- Savor the Veal: Part 1 (1992) ... Angela Bower
- Mr. Micelli Builds His Dream House (1992) ... Angela Bower
- Split Decision (1992) ... Angela Bower
 1991 Wife, Mother, Murderer (TV Movie)
Marie Hilley / Robbi / Teri
 1990 In Defense of a Married Man (TV Movie)
Laura Simmons
 1989 My Boyfriend's Back (TV Movie)
Vickie Vine
 1989 The Ryan White Story (TV Movie)
Jeanne White
 1987 Stamp of a Killer (TV Movie)
Cathy Proctor
 1986 Charmed Lives (TV Series)
Angela Bower
- Pilot (1986) ... Angela Bower
 1984 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Elizabeth Harding
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Clarissa Custer
- Dreams of Steele (1984) ... Clarissa Custer
 1984 The Mississippi (TV Series)
- Home Again (1984)
 1983 Family Ties (TV Series)
Stacey Hughes
- Not an Affair to Remember (1983) ... Stacey Hughes
 1983 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Barbara Lonnicker
- Dog Day Hospital (1983) ... Barbara Lonnicker
 1983 Intimate Agony (TV Movie)
Marsha
 1977-1983 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Karen Wolek
- Episode #1.3714 (1983) ... Karen Wolek
- Episode #1.3704 (1983) ... Karen Wolek
- Episode #1.3702 (1982) ... Karen Wolek
- Episode #1.3689 (1982) ... Karen Wolek
- Episode dated 2 September 1982 (1982) ... Karen Wolek
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Laetitia Pomerantz
- Monkey on a String (1977) ... Laetitia Pomerantz
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Other Works:

Co-starring in Richard Greenberg's drama "The Assembled Parties", on stage at the Samuel E. Friedman Theatre/Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Her senior yearbook quote] Acting is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself.

Trivia:

Friends with Jill Eikenberry and Tony Danza. See more »

Trademark:

Her blue deep-set eyes

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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