Emmy Award winning actress Judith Light has clocked up a healthy net worth of $5 million. Light got her net worth through appearing in much-beloved soap operas and sitcoms, including One Life to Live and who is the Boss. Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, Light began her career on stage, appearing in the 1970 play, Richard III, at California Shakespeare Festival. Light was on a roll, until the late 1970s when acting parts were drying out. Penniless through the dry period, Light practically quit acting entirely.
Judith Light Net Worth $5 Million Dollars
All was not lost, as Light made a smart transition to the small screen, thanks to her representative. Initially, the performer wasn’t keen on becoming a firm fixture in soaps or sitcoms — but after being told a daily pay could be $350, the thought immediately grew on Light. So the actress tried out an audition for an understudy character in ABC’s soap, One Life to Live. Whilst in the audition, the veteran actress then realised that “the structure reaches out to a lot of individuals,” consequently she believed she can make a difference — and make plenty of cash along the way!
There is no turning back for Light as instead of having the understudy character, she was recast as the tired housewife-turned prostitute Karen Wolek. For her portrayal in One Life to Live, Light received her first Emmy award for Best Performer in a Drama Series. Since her major success, the well seasoned actress was featured in several high profile dramas and sitcoms throughout the 1980s, including St Elsewhere (in which she won her second Emmy Award in 1981), Family Ties and who is the Boss. By the 1990’s, she began appearing in feature films for example Men do not Tell and Too Close to Home. The character earned Light an Emmy nomination.
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Carnegie Mellon UniversitySt, Mary's Hall–Doane Academy
Pearl Sue, Sidney Licht
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, GLAAD Media Vision Award, Gotham Appreciation Award
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, TV Land "She Works Hard for the Money" Award, TV Land Mad Ad Man of the Year Award (or Woman)
A Strange Affair, Wife, Mother, Murderer, Lady Killer, Ira & Abby, The Ryan White Story, Joseph: King of Dreams, Last Weekend, A Step Toward Tomorrow, Save Me, Betrayal Of Trust, Digging for Fire, We'll Never Have Paris, My Boyfriend's Back, A Broken Sole, Other People's Kids
One Life to Live, Ugly Betty, The Stones, The Simple Life, Phenom, Who's the Boss?, Transparent
For three straight years she has been nominated for Broadway's Tony award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, and has won twice for "Other Desert Cities" (2012) and "The Assembled Parties" (2013).
Nominated for 2013 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her role in Richard Greenberg's drama, "The Assembled Parties", on stage at the Samuel E. Friedman Theatre/Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.
She played "Jeanne White" in the the made-for-TV movie The Ryan White Story (1989). She also spoke at the 20th anniversary of Ryan's death at Clowes Hall.
Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, her parents nurtured her interest in acting throughout her childhood and supported her decision to study in a summer program at Carnegie-Mellon University between her junior and senior years of high school. This experience prompted her to enroll in that institution where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
As a strong supporter of gay rights, she and husband Robert Desiderio honored with the Matthew Shepard Foundation's 1st Annual "Making a Difference" Award for their Longstanding Commitment to Erase Hate.
She stated the reason she never had children wasn't because she didn't want them, it was because if she wanted to have children she wanted to be a full-time mother and with an acting career she wouldn't have been able to do that.
Shaved her head completely to star as Vivian Bearing (a literary academic dying of ovarian cancer) in the off-Broadway show, "Wit", in 1999.
For her outstanding performance in the off-Broadway tour of "Wit", Judith received the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, as well as the Elliot Norton Award in Boston.
While on One Life to Live (1968) Judith won two Emmys, two Soapy Awards and a Soap Opera Hall of Fame Award.
One of her performances on One Life to Live (1968) - "Karen Wolek on the Stand" - was so powerful and is remembered so vividly that, to this day, it is used as a model in acting classes throughout the nation. Additionally, it was recently honored as being one of TV Guide's "100 Most Memorable Moments on Television."
Attended St. Mary's Hall in Burlington, New Jersey.