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.
Judith’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 highly-acclaimed ABC hit “Ugly Betty” in her 2007 Emmy nominated portrayal of Claire Meade, and on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in the recurring role of Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Donnelly. Judith has also starred in “Phenom” (created by James Brooks), “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”.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA, Judith has worked in repertory theatres throughout the United States and Canada as well as a USO Tour of "Guys and Dolls" with William Atherton and Paula Wagner 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. She returned to the New York theatre to do the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Wit” for the MCC Theatre where her performance won her the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards for best actress on the National Tour. Additionally Judith starred in “Hedda Gabler” directed by Michael Kahn, in Washington DC, for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination, “Sorrows and Rejoicings”, by Athol Fugard, in New York at the Second Stage, and in LA at The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Reprise! Broadways Best, Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”, and joined the Ojai Playwrights Conference for their 2004 season. She also appeared in MCC’s production of “Colder Than Here” with Brian Murray, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York for their 2005 season.
Judith recently starred in three independent films, “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 most recently, "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 premier 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.
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, Faith in America, Project Angel Food, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The National Aids Memorial Grove, The Point Foundation, The Rome Chamber Music Festival, and The Trevor Project.
Judith lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer/actor, Robert Desiderio.