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 Auntas 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

2015                 
Madame Raquin “Thérèse Raquin” Roundabout Theatre Company, New York 

 2016                 
Mrs. Johnson “All the Ways to Say I Love you” MCC Theatre, New York 

 2017                 
Estelle God Looked Away” The Pasadena Playhouse, California

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 – 2014
Recurring Series Regular: “Dallas” (TNT)

2013
Ten X Ten” Written/Directed by Neil Labute (Direct TV)

 2013
Raising Hope  (Fox)

 2013 – Present
SERIES REGULAR “Transparent” Written/Directed by Jill Soloway (Amazon Prime) Golden Globe & Critics Choice Award Winner

2014
Pilot: “Winklers”  (ABC)
2015 – 2017    
“Doubt” Created by Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (CBS)

 

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

2014 WOMEN WHO CARE AWARD at the 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care Luncheon at the Cipriani 42nd St in New York   

2015 CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATION Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Transparent 

2016 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATION Distinguished Performance Award Therese Raquin  

2016 OUTER CRITIC’S CIRCLE AWARD WIN Best Featured Actress in a Play Therese Raquin 

2016 EMMY AWARD NOMINATION Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Transparent 

2016 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATION Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Transparent 

2016 CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATION Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Transparent 

2016 SAG AWARD NOMINATION Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Transparent 

2016 MADE IN NEW YORK AWARD Recipient 

2016 ACRIA Elizabeth Taylor Award Recipient 

2017 O’NEILL THEATER CENTER Monte Cristo Award – Recipient 

2017 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY Lifetime Achievement Award – Recipient 

Memberships

Actors’ Equity Association
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Screen Actor’s Guild
Women in Film
Hollywood Radio and Television Society