ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

In 2104, Judith Light was named the National Ambassador for the 19th KIDS NIGHT OUT ON BROADWAY by the Broadway League.  She was also honored with the Women Who Care Award at the 13th Annual UPC of NYC Women Who Care Luncheon.

In 2013, Judith Light was awarded her second of back-to-back Tony Awards* for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play”, for The Assembled Parties. She also won her second of back-to-back Drama Desk Awards for “Best Featured Actress” for the same play. Written by Richard Greenberg, The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. The second act starts twenty years later as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.  Light creates the role of Faye, the neurotic sister-in-law of Julie Bascov.

In 2012, Judith Light stared in Other Desert Cities for which she won the Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play”, and also won the Drama Desk Award for “Best Featured Actress”. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities is centered on a daughter who presents her family with a memoir she is about to publish. She played the role of Silda Grauman, the wise-cracking alcoholic aunt.

Light was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play” in 2011, starring in “Lombardi”, the new American play by Academy Award winner Eric Simpson. Directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail, the play is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer-winning author David Maraniss. Judith played Marie Lombardi alongside Dan Lauria who played sports icon Vince Lombardi.

Judith’s television career began with her two-time Best Actress Emmy award-winning turn as Karen Wolek on “One Life to Live”. She then went on to play Angela Bower on the hit comedy series “Who’s the Boss?”.  She starred on the Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV series “Ugly Betty”, for which she received an Emmy nomination playing the character of Claire Meade.  She also co-starred on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in the recurring role of Judge Elizabeth Donnelly. Judith has also starred in “Phenom” (created by James Brooks), “The Simple Life” (created by Herb Hamsher), “The Stones” (created by Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and Jenji Kohan) and in over 15 television movies, including her role as Ryan’s mother, Jeanne, in “The Ryan White Story”.  Most recently, she has made several recurring appearances on the TV Land comedy series “The Exes” and is currently shooting the TNT hit “Dallas”, co-starring with Henry Winkler in the ABC Pilot “ The Winklers” (created by Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler, and Bob Reinis), and in the new Amazon Prime series, “Transparent” (created by Jill Soloway), which just got picked up for a 2nd season!

Some of Judith’s film work includes, “The Shoemaker” with Danny Aiello, “Ira & Abby” by Jennifer Westfeldt, with Robert Klein, Fred Willard, and Frances Conroy – which was voted Best Comedy at the 2007 HBO comedy festival; and “Save Me” with Chad Allen and Robert Gant, a film which she also produced with her long-time manager/producer, Herb Hamsher through their production company, Tetrahedron Productions, in conjunction with GKE and Mythgarden Productions.  “Save Me” had its US premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, followed by screenings at both NYC’s NewFest and LA’s Outfest, as well as a screening and panel discussion aboard RSVP vacations Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing.   “Save Me” was released theatrically nationwide in the summer of 2008 by First Run Features. She also can be heard as the Narrator in “Scrooge & Marley”, a modern variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In 2012, she co-starred in the independent film “The Last Weekend”.

In 1999, Judith returned to her performing roots in theater, starring as the brilliant and uncompromising “Dr. Vivian Bearing” in the critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize winning Off-Broadway play “WIT”, at Union Square Theater.  Originally directed by Derek Anson Jones, “WIT” is a heartbreaking and at times very funny play about how ‘Dr. Bearing’ copes with ovarian cancer, and how it transforms her and her views of life. A university professor who has always treasured her independence and lack of personal connections, ‘Dr. Bearing’ is forced to change her stance when she undergoes radical chemotherapy. Judith performed in New York until January 2000 and then toured with WIT nationwide, in such cities as Boston, Washington (at the Kennedy Center), and San Francisco. For her outstanding performance, Judith received the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, as well as the Elliot Norton Award in Boston.

 In 2001, Judith opened in Washington, DC, at The Shakespeare Theater, portraying the title character in the Henrik Ibsen classic “Hedda Gabler” directed by Michael Kahn.   Judith also starred in Athol Fugard’s “Sorrows and Rejoicings” in 2002 at the Second Stage Theatre in New York and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, written and directed by Athol Fugard.  Light joined the Ojai Playwrights Conference for their 2004 season, as well as played the role of Joanne in Steven Sondheim’s “Company” at the Freud Theatre in LA as part of Reprise that same year.  In 2005, at The MCC Theatre in New York, she starred in the production of Laura Wade’s “Colder Than Here”. In 2009, she starred in A.R. Gurney’s “Children”, a co-production at the Westport Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA, Judith has worked in repertory theaters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a USO Tour of “Guys and Dolls” performed throughout Europe.  Judith’s Broadway debut was in “A Doll’s House” with Liv Ullmann and was followed by a season at the Eugene O’Neil Playwright’s conference.

Judith 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, Project Angel Food, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The National Aids Memorial Grove, The Point Foundation, The Rome Chamber Music Festival, Faith In America, Drama League National Advisory Council and The Trevor Project.

Judith lives in New York and Los Angeles and is married to writer/actor, Robert Desiderio.

*A feat accomplished only twice before in Tony history – by Gwen Verdon in ’58 & ’59 (“New Girl in Town” & “Redhead”) and  by Stephen Spinella in the same role in the two-part-er, “Angels in America” in ’93 & ‘ 94.

 

 

 

AWARDS

ACTING AWARDS

2013

The Assembled Parties   

Tony Award – WIN

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Drama Desk Award – WIN

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Broadwayworld.com Award – WIN

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Drama League Award – NOMINEE

Distinguished Performance Award

Outer Critics Circle Award – NOMINEE

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

2012

Other Desert Cities          

Tony Award – WIN

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Drama Desk Award – WIN

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Drama League Award – NOMINEE

Distinguished Performance Award

2011

Lombardi

Broadway.com – WIN

Audience Choice Award

Tony Award – NOMINEE

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Drama Desk Award – NOMINEE

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Drama League Award – NOMINEE

Distinguished Performance Award

Outer Critics Circle Award – NOMINEE

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

2008

Ugly Betty

Screen Actors Guild Award – NOMINEE

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Who’s the Boss

TV Land Award – NOMINEE

Mad Ad Man or Woman of the Year

2007

Ugly Betty

Prism Award – WIN

Best Performance in a Comedy Series

Primetime Emmy Award – NOMINEE

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Who’s the Boss

TV Land Award – NOMINEE

Favorite Working Mom

2000

Wit

Helen Hayes Award in Washington D.C. – WIN

Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production

Elliot Norton Award in Boston – WIN

Outstanding Actress, Large Company

1981

One Life to Live

Daytime Emmy Award – WIN

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

1980

One Life to Live

Daytime Emmy Award – WIN

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series       

Soapy Awards – WIN

Outstanding Actress

1979

One Life to Live

Soapy Awards – WIN

Outstanding Actress

 

HUMAN RIGHTS & AIDS RELATED ACTIVITIES

Aid For AIDS / The Actor’s Fund of America
Honorary Co-Chairperson “Tony Awards” Dinner honoring Gwen Verdon

AIDS Awareness Youth Conference (AIDS education program)
Keynote Speaker – Orlando, Florida (1996)

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Keynote Speaker – Benefit dinner (1993)

AIDS Nutrition Service Alliance
Keynote Speaker – 8th Annual AIDS Nutrition Services Alliance (ANSA), (2001)

AFRICA AIDS TREK
Fund Raiser and Participant – 100 Mile Trek (2002)

AIDS Grove Monument Committee (AIDS memorial organization)
AIDS Grove Memorial Design Co-Chair with Barbara Streisand (2005)
Keynote Speaker / Worlds AIDS day (2004)
Member of Advisory Board (1996 to present)

AIDS Project Los Angeles (AIDS support organization)
Support – “Philadelphia” premiere benefit (1993)
Participation in KTWV “The Wave” March Against Aids Radiothon (1993)
Participation in KTWV “The Wave” March Against Aids Radiothon (1992)
Committee member – “Silence of the Lambs” premiere benefit (1991)

AIDS Project Worcester (AIDS support organization)
Keynote Speaker – Worcester AIDS Day (1995)

American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFar)
Co-chair – For ATP Gala Awards Dinner (1993)
Participation – Elizabeth Taylor and Wolfgang Puck’s “Passport ’93”, Los Angeles (1993)

 

Beth Chayim Chadashim 30th Anniversary
Special Guest and Master of Ceremonies – December 15, 2002

Broadway Cares; Equity Fights AIDS (AIDS Support Organization)
Appearance, at Shubert Alley fundraiser, New York (1999)
Judge, at “Gypsy of the Year” event, New York (1999)

California AIDS Ride
Speaker – Closing Ceremonies in Los Angeles (1995, 1996, 1997)
Participant – Completed the entire 560-mile, seven-day ride (1995)
Appearance – Public Service Announcements (1994, 1995, 1997)

Christopher Street West (Gay and Lesbian Pride Organization)
Grand Marshal – Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade (1995)

Destination Foundation (Art Benefit for AIDS & Cancer Patients)
Artist – Tails of the City SF (2001)

The Diginity/Washington 30th Anniversary Celebration
Keynote Speaker – September 14, 2002

Empire State Pride Agenda, New York
Master of Ceremonies, October 9, 2003

Family AIDS Network, Inc.
Host – Tribute to Mary Fisher (1999)

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Presenter – Introducing Neil Giuliano – 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, LA (2007)
Presenter – Journalism Award, NYC (2001)
Host – GLAAD Media Awards 10th Anniversary, Los Angeles (1999)
Host – GLAAD Media Awards, Los Angeles (1993)
Host – GLAAD Media Awards, Los Angeles (1992)
Presenter – First Stephen Kolzak Award to Paul Monette, Los Angeles (1991)

Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council Democratic National Committee
Honorary Co-Chair – July 20, 2001

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Sponsor/Host – Tea honoring Sir Ian McKellen, Los Angeles (1999)

Gay Games
Speaker – Opening ceremonies, New York, NY (1994)

Heart Strings (AIDS education and awareness program)
National Spokesperson (1992)
Los Angeles appearance (taped for ABC-TV, 1992)
Narrator – Los Angeles Tour (with Christopher Reeve) (1990)

Hedrick Martin School Benefit
Annual Benefit Dinner
Presented Chastity Bono w/ (Award) (1999)

Hollywood, Heath & Society
Committee Member (current board member)

Hollywood Supports
(promotes fairness in the workplace for people with AIDS and for the Gay Community)
Appeared in a film to increase AIDS awareness in the workplace (1992)

Honoring Americore
Caring Counts Awards – Hosted Volunteers (2002)

Houston Black Tie Dinner, Inc.
(supports 12 Houston-area AIDS organizations and one National Organization)
Keynote Speaker – Houston (1998)

 

Human Rights Campaign
Keynote Speaker – North Carolina Regional Dinner February 2004
Speaker, and presenter of Community Leadership Award – Los Angeles (1988)
Award Presenter – Human Rights Campaign/Community Service Award to
A.N.G.L.E. (2001)
Keynote Speaker – Regional Dinner, Columbus, OH (1999)
Opening Speaker (with President Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres) – National Dinner, Washington, D.C. (1997)
Keynote Speaker – Denver Convention (1997)
Keynote Speaker – Chicago Convention (1996)
Speaker (introduced Senator Kennedy) – HRC Reception at Democratic National Convention, Chicago (1996)
Keynote Speaker – HRC Political Convention at Democratic National Convention, Chicago (1996)
Keynote Speaker – Annual Benefit Dinner, Washington, D.C. (1996)
Award Presenter – Human Rights Campaign/Gay and Lesbian Task Force Benefit Dinner (1996)

Jewish Image Awards
Presenter – Dramatic Series JAG, Dana Cohen author September 21, 2003

KOL AMI “Shomer Tzedek” Award
Award Presenter – Steve Tyler May 17, 2003

LAMDA Literary Foundation 2002 Bridgebuilder Award
Award Presenter – Betty De Generes May 29, 2003

Liberty Hill Foundation
Speaker – Upton Sinclair Dinner June 2, 2003
Judge – Halloween Costume Party October 25, 2003

Los Angeles Wellness Community Benefit
Speaker (introduced Dr Scott Hitt) March 26, 2003

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Special Guest Speaker – May 18, 2003 (Opening Celebration)

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Resigned from Board of Directors (2002)
Speaker (introduced Mayor Dick Reiordon) – Annual Center Dinner (1995)
Member – Board of Directors (1995 – present)
Member – Council of Governors (1993 – present)
Host – Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for opening of the new Center facilities (1992)

March on Washington for Gay Rights (1993)
Main Stage Speaker
Host – “An Evening With:” Gay and Lesbian Bands of America
Host – Human Rights Campaign Fund Dinner

NAMES Project (AIDS support and memorial organization)
Keynote Speaker – For Cleve Jones-Aids Memorial Quilt display, Washington DC 20th Anniversary (June, 3 2001)
Keynote Speaker – AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Universal Studios, Florida (World AIDS Day 1996)
Host Committee – National Candlelight March and AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, Washington D.C. (1996)
Chair, Host Committee – Rose Bowl AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Pasadena, CA (1995)
AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Washington, DC (1993)
Co-Host and M. C. – “People Do Care” AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (1993)
Host – Friends of the Quilt Dinner, Washington, DC (1992)
AIDS Memorial Quilt display and Candlelight March, Washington, DC (1992)
AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Los Angeles (1992)
Keynote Speaker – Chapter Conference, San Francisco (1992)
AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Los Angeles (1991)
Press conference announcing the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s first display , Los Angeles (1989)

National AIDS Fund
Honorary Board Member 2001

National AIDS Memorial Grove
Speaker and Award Presenter at World AIDS Day Event – San Francisco (1998)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (promotes Gay and Lesbian civil rights)
Speaker and Presented Oregon Senator, Ron Wyden, – Benefit dinner, Los Angeles (1995)

National Mental Health Awareness
Hosted Reception Shakespeare Theater Washington DC (2001)

National Skills Building Conference
(training and support for AIDS workers and volunteers)
National Conference Keynote speaker, Los Angeles (1996)

Northern Lights Alternative (AIDS support organization)
Co-host – T-shirt auction (1992)
Honorary Chairperson – Aids Mastery (1992)
Advisory Board Member (1991 – 1995)

Online Partners
Advisory Board Member (2000-Present)

Project Angel Food (AIDS support organization)
Press Release explaining the Agency’s Role (2004)
Introduction to Opening Video – Angel Awards (2002)
Presenter – Angel Award (1998 and 1999)
Performer – “Love Letters” benefit (1995)
Co-Host – Angel Art Auction (1992)
Co-Spokesperson at press conferences for fundraising events, including “Angel Art” (1991) and “Divine Design” (1992)
Advisory Board Member (1989 – present)

 Q. Spirit (Gay Spirituality)
Appearance – Annual Benefit, San Francisco (2000)
Appearance – Annual Benefit, New York (1999)

Ric Weiss Humanitarian Award
Presented Award to Mary Hart May 3, 2003

Ryan White Foundation, Indianapolis (AIDS Education and Prevention)
Advisory Board Member (1990 – present)

Santa Monica College
Keynote Speaker – AIDS Awareness Week (1995)

SHANTI (AIDS support organization)
Host Committee – “ Priscilla Queen of the Desert” benefit premiere (1994)

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson
Keynote Speaker – AIDSWALK ’98 (1998)

Stonewall 25 (Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration)
Rally Speaker and March Participant – NY, NY (1994)

STOP AIDS Project (HIV Prevention)
Honorary Chair – Fifth Annual Benefit – SF (Sept.18, 2000)

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, Tucson
Spiritual Address – AIDSWALK ’98 Interfaith Worship Service (1998)

The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
Host Committee – Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award (2001)

UN Global Peace Project
UN World Aids Day (2005)
Presenter at the “International year of Microcredit Awards”(2005)
Committee Member (Current Member)

Whitman – Walker Clinic (AIDS healthcare organization)
Honorary Host Committee – United Airlines Golf Tournament (1997)
Honorary Committee – “Chicago, the Musical” benefit (1997)
Celebrity Committee Chair – National AIDS Candlelight March (1996)
Keynote Speaker – Annual Meeting (1996)

Zen Hospice (AIDS Life Support)
Appearance – Fundraiser, San Francisco (2000)

Gay Press
Cover Story, Next Magazine, New York, (September, 1999)

Cover Story, Lesbian News Los Angeles (January, 1999)
Interview, Metro Weekly Washington, D.C. (April 1998)
Interview, Blade Orange Co., CA (January, 1998)
Interview, ICON, Toronto, Ont. (August, 1997)
Cover Story, The Advocate National (July, 1996)
Interview, Frontiers Los Angeles (June 16, 1995)
Interview, Out Front Los Angeles (April 5, 1995)
Interview, POZ Magazine National (December, 1994)
Interview, Gay & Lesbian Times (November 17, 1994)
Profiled, Lesbian News Los Angeles (August, 1994)
Interview, Washington, DC Blade (1993)
Contributed to GLAAD/LA press release concerning military’s ban on Gays (April 20, 1993)
Interview, Frontiers Los Angeles (December 6, 1991)
Numerous press interviews during appearances at benefits quilt displays, etc.

Radio Interviews
“One in Ten” (1996)
“HIV Talk Radio” (1994)
Television / Video
Public Service Announcement for AIDS 2006 Television Campaign – directed by Liev Schreiber
Narrator, “It’s Time To Stop AIDS” video produced by Levi-Strauss / UN AIDS Program / World
Health Organization / Family Health International / Kaiser Family Foundation (1998)
Interviewed on CA State Assembly Member Sheila Kuehl’s Nationally syndicated cable show “Get Used To It” (1997)
Profiled for EXTRA! “Cause Celeb” touring Gay and Lesbian Social Services Center (1996)
Interviewed and profiled in the documentary “100 to Infinity” (1996)
Interview for “Brink of Summer’s End” (documentary about Paul Monette) (1996)
Appeared in ABC prime time special “In A New Light” (1993)
Appeared in ABC prime time special “In A New Light” (1992)
Appearance in AIDS Healthcare Foundation Telethon (1992)
Public Service Announcement for Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade and Festival (1992)
Interview in film “Coming Out” – produced by Out Loud Productions
Interview with Network Q (1994)
Commercial for Project Angel Food
Interview for “In the Life”
Numerous on-camera interviews for benefits, AIDS Memorial Quilt displays, etc.

Contributions to Published Works
Foreword to Dancing With 2 Dogs and Mozart a book of poems about AIDS by Michael Freiberg (1996)
Contributed message and photograph for Portraits of Life: With Love benefiting The Hands-On Care Foundation (1994)
Photographed in home for Michael McCreary’s book HAVENS benefiting the Pediatric
AIDS unit of City of Hope
Hospital and Los Angeles Shanti (1993)
Contributed to Feast for Life Pediatric Aids Foundation’s Cook Book (1993)
Contributed to Some Things You Can Do About Aids, by Neal Hitchens
Contributed to an article on Rob Eichberg for the book of profiles of Gay and Lesbian leaders, Uncommon Heroes

Special Events
Presenter – 11th Annual Prism Awards April 24th, 2007
Host – Global Green 10th Anniversary Dinner April 1st, 2006
Point Foundation Gay Ski Week, 2005
Member, Artist for the U.N. February, 2004
OUTFESTive – Award presentation to Bruce Vilanch December, 2002
M/C for Beth Chayim Chadashim Gay & Lesbian Jewish Center December, 2002
Special Luncheon to Honor Judith – National Association of Women Justices (2002) Hosted by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O’Connor
Host – Fundraiser for openly lesbian US Congressional Candidate, Grethe Cammermyer (1998)
Ambassador Committee member Macy’s and American Express’ Passport ’97 (benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, Project Angel Food, Tuesday’s Child, Bienstar, The Sierra Project and UCLA AIDS Institute) (1997)
Host Committee – A.N.G.L.E. & The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: Election (1996)
Honorary Co-Chair -1996 Lambda Liberty Awards – Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fundm (1996)
Speaker – Memorial Service: Paul Monette (1995)
Co-Host (with Barry Diller, David Geffen, Jeffrey Kattzenberg, Barbara Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Steve Tish) – Benefit at Lynn & Norman Lear’s residence (November 5, 1994)
Speaker – Memorial Service: Roberto Tyson (1994)
Co-Chair – Benefit for LA Center For Living (December, 1993)
Honorary Co-Chair – League for Individual Freedom & Equality (LIFE) Benefit (July 31, 1993)
Appearance – “Celebration of Life” Aid for AIDS, (January, 1992)
Co-Host, (with Michael Childers, Ted Danson and John Schlesinger) – Book Launching of Sally Fisher’s Life Mastery
Speaker – Memorial Service: Stephen Kolzak
Honorary Committee – Planet Hollywood, New York “Kiss AIDS Goodbye”
Benefit Reading – “The Laramie Project” – Fundraising Event for The Matthew Shepard Foundation (2006)

Awards

“Women Who Care Award” – Women Who Care Luncheon Benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York (2014)                                                                                              ”Steve “Chase Humanitarian Awards” – Desert AIDS Project – Arts anf Activism Award (2008)

“Outfest Legacy Award – First straight recipient for her tireless dedication to LGBT causes (2007)  ”Red Ribbon of Hope Award” – Academy of Television Arts and Sciences               “S.T.A.G.E. Award – Producers Award benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles.  (2007)         “Prism Award” – 11th Annual Prism Award (2007)
“Red Ribbon of Hope Award” – Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2006)
“Making a Difference Award”(with husband, Robert Desiderio) The Matthew Shepard
Foundation (2006)
“Red Ribbon Leadership Award” (NHAP) World Aids Day December 1st (2005)
“Awareness in the Arts Award” (ICRF) Israel Cancer Research Fund (2005)
“Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award” (2002)
“Caped Crusader Award” (2001) – CAPE (California Alliance for Pride & Equality)
“Project Inform Education Award” – Project Inform (2000)
“Vision Award” – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (1998)
“Lambda Liberty Award” – Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (1997)
“National Leadership Award” – Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS (1997)
“Caring Heart Award” – Laguna Shanti (1997)
“Equality Award” – Human Rights Campaign (1996)
“Hope Award” – AIDS National Interfaith Network, National Association of People With AIDS, National Minority AIDS Council (1996)
“George Moscone Award” (with husband, Robert Desiderio) – Christopher Street West (1996)
“AIDS Volunteer of the Year” Award – Whitman Walker Clinic (1996)
“Angel Award” (with husband, Robert Desiderio) – Project Angel Food (1995)
“Friends of The Quilt” Award — The Names Project (1994)
“Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award” – Gay and Lesbian Community Social
Services Center (1994)
World AIDS Day “Humanitarian Award” – Santa Monica City College Associated
Students (1994)
“Angel Award” – The Ryan White Foundation (1990)

Special Honors
The Judith Light Library at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center was inaugurated November 21, 1998
Current Board of Director & Advisory Board Affiliations
Aspen Theatre Honorary Trustee (since 2006)Rome Chamber Music Festival Board Member (since 2005)
The National AIDS Grove Monument Committee (since 2004)
The Point Foundation Board Member (since 2004)
The Trevor Project Advisorary Board Member (since 2004)
Hollywood Health and Society Board Member (since 2004)
Foothill Aids Project Advisory Board (since 2001)
Anita May Rosenstein Foundation Advisory Board (March 1999 to present)
AIDS Monument Committee Advisory Board (since 1996)
Bold New World Advisory Board (present)
Gay.Com Member, Board of Directors (present)
Last Acts – with Rosalyn Carter, Honorary Board Member (2000 – present)
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Board of Directors (since 1995), Council of Governors (since 1993) Resigned 2002
National Center For Disease Control and Prevention’s Business Responds To AIDS/Labor
Responds to AIDS Board of Directors (since 1997)
Project Angel Food Advisory Board (since 1989)
Ryan White Foundation Advisory Board (since 1990)
Faith In America Board Member (2006)

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Theater

1968

European USO tour as Adelaide in the musical comedy Guys and Dolls which was organized by Charles Haid and directed by Word Baker, who directed the original production of “The Fantastiks.”

1969

Joined the California Shakespeare Festival to play Lady Anne in Richard III and Nancy in The Knack.

1970 – 72

Spent two seasons at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre playing Alice in Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take it With You, Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Celia in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Rosaura in Goldoni’s The Liar,  Vivianne in Feydeau’s Cat Among the Pigeons with Jeffrey Tambor and Charles Kimborough.  Also appeared in Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology and Medea.

1972 – 73

Seattle Repertory Theatre’s productions of Macbeth, as Lady McDuff, Camineo Real as Esmerelda, Charlie’s Aunt as Kitty and as Virginia in The Tavern which was directed by Clayton Corzatte and starred Donald Moffat

1973

Seattle’s Cirque Theatre, appeared as Bobbie in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, in with popular comedian and frequent Presidential candidate Pat Paulson.

At A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), In Seattle, appeared in the musical revue The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter.

1973 – 74

Returned to the Milwaukee Rep. to play Emily in Our Town and Alexandra in The Little Foxes, also performed in the musical, All Together Now.

1974

Appeared in the Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House with Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston and Helen Stenborg.

1975

Appeared in Charles McArthur and Nunnally Johnson’s Stag at Bay at The Hartman Theatre Company, in Stamford, CT

1976

In Toronto, starred as Stella in the Theatre Plus production of A Streetcar Named Desire with FrancesHighland, Ken Welsh and  Kenneth Pogue.

Portrayed Julie Herzl in the Brodway production of Herzl with Paul Hecht and directed by J. Ranelli.

1976

In New York, played Nina in Anton Chekov’s The Seagull which was directed and translated by Eugenia Leontovitch

Appeared in the Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference productions of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others and Custer

1998

Portrayed Mrs. Vaan Dan in the LA Theatre Works’ staged radio production of  The Diary of Anne Frank, with David Dukes, Paul Sand, John Rubenstein and Kellie Martin

1999 – 2000

Plays the leading role, Vivian Bearing, in the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit in New York and in the First National Tour.

2001

Lead Role, Hedda Gabler Shakespeare Theater, WashingtonDC

2002

Athol Fugard’s “Sorrows and Rejoicings” Second Stage Theater NYC/Mark Taper Forum LA 

2003

Golda “Tribute to Arthur Penn”

2004

Steven Sondheim’s “Company” Reprise! Freud Theater LA playing the role of Joanne.

2005

Laura Wade’s “Colder than Here”MCC Theatre, New York

2009

Mother in A.R. Gurney’s “Children” Westport Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival

2010

Marie Lombardi in “Lombardi” Circle in the Square Theater, New York

2011

Silda Grauman in “Other Desert Cities” Booth Theater at Lincoln Center, New York

2013

Faye in “The Assembled Parties” Manhattan Theatre Club, New York

 

Television

1977 

GUEST STAR: Kojack  “Monkey on a String” (CBS)

1977 – 82 

SERIES STAR: One Life To Live playing Karen Wolek.  Her performance on the witness stand in 1980 was cited as one of TV GUIDE’S 100 most memorable moments.  (ABC)

1983 

TELEFILM: Intimate Agony with Anthony Geary, Robert Vaughn and Mark Harmon (ABC)

GUEST STAR: St. Elsewhere “DogDayHospital” (NBC)

TELEFILM:  Family Ties “Not an Affair to Remember” (NBC)

1984

GUEST STAR: Mississippi with Ralph Waite (CBS)

GUEST STAR: Remington Steele “Dreams of Steele  (NBC)

1984 – 92

SERIES STAR: Who’s The Boss? with Tony Danza (ABC)

1985  

SPECIAL: 37TH Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Presenter (ABC)

1987

TELEFILM: Dangerous Affection with Rhea Perlman, Jimmy Smits and Michael Parks (NBC)

1988

TELEFILM: The Ryan White Story  with Peter Scolari, George C. Scott and Lukas Haas Judith’s role as Jeanne White, Ryan’s mother, inspired her commitment to AIDS Activism.  (ABC)

1989

TELEFILM:  My Boyfriend’s Back with Jill Eikenberry and Sandy Duncan  Musical in which Judith played a member of a 60s Girl Group that is reunited after many years.  (NBC)

1990

TELEFLIM: In Defense of A Married Man with Michael Ontkean and Johnny Galecki  (ABC)

1991

TELEFILM: Wife Mother Murderer: the Marie Hilley Story with David Ogden Stiers and David Dukes (ABC)

1992

SPECIAL: 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presenter

1993

TELEFILM: Men Don’t Tell with Peter Strauss (CBS)

TELEFILM: Betrayal of Trust with Betty Buckley, Judd Hirsh and Holland Taylor (NBC)

1993 – 94

SERIES STAR: Phenom  with William DeVane and Angela Goethals and created by Jim Brooks (ABC)

1994

SPECIAL: ABC’s 40th Anniversary Special Segment Host (ABC)

TELEFILM: Against Their Will: Women in Prison with Kay Lenz and Michael Woods  (ABC)

1995

TELEFILM: Lady Killer with Jack Wagner and Ben Masters (CBS)

1996

TELEFILM: A Husband, A Wife And A Lover with Jay Thomas and William Russ.   Also was Co-Executive Producer.  (CBS)

TELEFILM: Murder At My Door with Johnny Galecki and R.H. Thompson (Fox Television)

TELEFILM: A Step Toward Tomorrow with Christopher Reeve (CBS)

1997

TELEFILM: Too Close To Home with Rick Schroeder (CBS)

1998

TELEFILM: Carriers with Pamela Reed (CBS)

SERIES STAR: The Simple Life with Florence Stanley, Brett Cullen and James Patrick Stewart and created by Herb Hamsher, Pam Norris, Rob Sternin and Pru Frasier (CBS)

TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY: Judith Light: An Intimate Portrait  Lifetime Network   Featured highlights of Judith’s professional and personal life and her many charitable activities.

1999

INTERNATIONAL EMMYS: presenter

2000

ABC  Pilot “Born in Brooklyn” with Maria Bello

2002-2010

TELEFILM “Law and Order” – Special Victims Unit- recurring role (NBC)

2003

SPECIAL “30th Anniversary Daytime Emmy Awards”

SPECIAL Lifetime Achievement Awards presenter.

SPECIAL MTV Networks Upfront Award presenter

2004

SERIES STAR: “THE STONES” playing “Barbara”, with Robert Klein, Lindsay Sloane and Jay Baruchel created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan  (CBS)

SPECIAL Lifetime 25th Anniversary Special guest appearance.

2005

Pilot “SOLD”  bySilvio Horta, creator of Ugly Betty (ABC)

2006

Recurring Series Regular  “Twenty Good Years” with John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor  (NBC)

2006-2010

Series Regular: “Ugly Betty” (ABC)

2011

ABC  Pilot “Other Peoples Kids”

2011

GUEST STAR: “Nurse Jackie” (HBO)

2011-Present

Recurring Role: “The Exes” (TV LAND)

2013

Recurring Series Regular: “Dallas” (TNT)

 

Independent Film  

2005

The Shoemaker-A broken sole, by Susan Charlotte

 

2005                

Ira & Abby – A divorce comedy, by Jennifer Westfeldt. Directed by Robert Carey.  Won best comedy at the HBO comedy festival.

2006

Save Me - by Craig Chester, Alan Hines, and Robert Desiderio.  Directed by Robert Cary. Premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in the summer of 2008 by First Run Features.  Audience Award Winner for Best Feature at 2008 Reel Affirmations LGBT Film Festival.

2013

Last Weekend – By Tom Dolby. Directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams.

 

Other Projects

1991

TAPED READING: Mountain Laurel by Jude Deveraux (Simon and Shuster)

1994

VOICE OVER: Oil of Olay (commercial)

1996 – 99

SPOKESPERSON: Detroit Medical Center (commercial series)

1995 – Present

SPOKESPERSON: Proactiv line of acne skin care products.  Infomercials and live on-camera sales testimonials for the QVC network.

1995

ANIMATION: Duckman (series) voice of Honey Chicken; with Jason Alexander and Tim Curry (USA Network)

1996

ANIMATION: I Am Weasel (voices)

1997

ANIMATION: Book of Virtues (voices)

1999

ANIMATION: Joseph voice of Zuleika (The Walt Disney Company)

2004

READING: Food for Thought (New York)

2005

VOICE OVER:  Operation Smile

 

2006

VOICE OVER:  The Borgen Project – Poverty Reduction through Political Accountability

2006

VOICE OVER:  Global Green USA

2006

BOOK ON TAPE:  ‘Misdirection’ - part of the More Mean Streets collection of short crime fiction for KCRW Public Radio

2006

READING:  “SAVE ME” The 1st Annual LGBT Stars of Tomorrow  to benefit The Point Foundation. With Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Hosted by K.D. Lang.

2006

READING: The Laramie Project Honored by The Matthew Shepard Foundation.  With Stockard Channing, Robert Desiderio, Cyndi Lauper, and Mary-Louise Parker.

2007

VOICE OVER:  OPCW – Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

2010

VOICE OVER:  “Poetic Licence:  100 Poems/100 Perfomers”

2010

VOICE OVER:  Simon and Schuster reading of Jennifer Weiner’s novel Fly Away Home

2011

VOICE OVER Humira (commercial)

2012

NARATOR VOICE “Scrooge & Marley”

 

Awards

1980 EMMY AWARD for her portrayal of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live

1980 SOAPY AWARD for her portrayal of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live

1981 EMMY AWARD for her portrayal of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live

1981 SOAPY AWARD for her portrayal of Karen Wolek on One Live to Live

1981 SOAP OPERA HALL OF FAME AWARD for her portrayal of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live

1998 BEST FEMALE INFOMERCIAL HOST for her Proactiv infomercials

1999 BEST FEMALE INFOMERCIAL HOST for her Proactiv infomercials

2000 ELLIOTT NORTON AWARD, Broadway In Boston’s presentation of “WIT” outstanding visiting production

2001 HELEN HAYES AWARD, LEAD ACTRESS, Nonresident Production- WIT, The KennedyCenter

2002 HELEN HAYES AWARD, lead actress Nomination for “Hedda Gabler

2002 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD, Nomination for “Sorrows and Rejoicings

2007 PRISM AWARD for her portrayal of Claire Meade on Ugly Betty

2007 EMMY NOMINATION for her portrayal of Claire Meade on Ugly Betty

2007 OUTFEST LEGACY AWARD for her tireless dedication to LGBT causes.

2011 TONY NOMINATION for her portrayal of Marie Lombardi in Lombardi-Circle in the Square Theater

2011 DRAMA DESK NOMINATION BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Marie Lombardi in Lombardi-Circle in the Square Theater

2011 DRAMA LEAGUE NOMINATION BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Marie Lombardi in Lombardi-Circle in the Square Theater

2011 BRAODWAY.COM AWARD AUDIENCE CHOICE FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Marie Lombardi in Lombardi-Circle in the Square Theater

2012 TONY AWARD BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Silda Grauman in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theater at Lincoln Center in New York

2012 OUTER CRITIC’S CIRCLE NOMINATION BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Silda Grauman in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theater at Lincoln Center in New York

2012 DRAMA DESK AWARD OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Silda Grauman in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theater at Lincoln Center in New York

2013 TONY AWARD BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Faye in The Assembled Parties at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York

2013 DRAMA DESK AWARD OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Faye in The Assembled Parties at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York

2013 BROADWAYWORLD.COM AWARD BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Faye in The Assembled Parties at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York

2013 OUTER CRITIC’S CIRCLE NOMINATION BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY for her portrayal of Faye in The Assembled Parties at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York

 

Memberships

Actors’ Equity Association

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Screen Actor’s Guild

Women in Film

Hollywood Radio and Television Society