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Judith Light

Emmy-Winning Actress
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Biography

Judith Light has captivated audiences worldwide since her portrayal of “Angela Bower” on the hit comedy series Who's the Boss? Her award-winning career has spanned across a diversity of roles in television, theater and film.

Light’s television career began with her two-time best actress Emmy Award-winning turn as “Karen Wolek” on One Life to Live. She can currently be seen on the Emmy Award-winning hit Ugly Betty in her 2007 Emmy nominated portrayal of “Claire Meade,” and on the long-running drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the recurring role of Supreme Court Judge “Elizabeth Donnelly.” Light has also starred in Pheno, The Stones, and in over 15 television movies, including her role as Ryan’s mother, “Jeanne,” in the Ryan White Story.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon university with a BFA, Light has worked in repertory theatres throughout the United States and Canada as well as a USO tour of "Guys and Dolls" throughout Europe. Her Broadway debut was in “A Doll’s House” and was followed by a season at the Eugene O’Neil playwright’s conference. She returned to the New York theatre to do the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Wit” where her performance won her the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards for best actress. Additionally, she starred in “Hedda Gabler” in Washington DC, for which she received a Helen Hayes award nomination, “Sorrows and Rejoicings,” in New York and LA, “Colder than Here” in New York, and Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

Light recently starred in three independent films, The Shoemaker, Ira & Abby, which was voted best comedy at the 2007 HBO Comedy Festival, and Save Me. Save Me, which Light produced with her long-time manager/producer, premiered at the 2007 Sundance film festival, followed by screenings at both Newfest and Outfest, as well as a screening and panel discussion aboard RSVP Vacations Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing.

Light is a board member and advocate for many organizations and charities representing aids-related and human rights issues including; Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, the Names Project/the AIDS memorial quilt, the Aids Memorial Grove, CDC’s Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS, Hollywood Health and Society, Faith in America, Project Angel Food, the Matthew Shepard foundation, the Point Foundation, the Rome Chamber Music Festival, and the Trevor Project.

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AIDS & Human Rights

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