Judith Light, Point Judith Light
, Talk:Judith Light
(born Judith Ellen Licht
on February 9
) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Angela Bower on ABC's sitcom Who's the Boss?
Licht was born in Trenton
, New Jersey
of Jewish heritage, the daughter of Benjamin Licht (Benny Light), who owned a major furniture store in Trenton.
Light first found fame on television after being recast in the role of Karen Wolek on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live
. (The Karen Wolek role had previously been portrayed by actresses Kathryn Breech and Julia Duffy
). This role was quite lucrative for Light and spawned one of the show's most-remembered storylines; Light's character became a prostitute
after she became bored with her life as a housewife
. On trial, Karen saved her friend Viki Lord
from being convicted of killing her pimp
by admitting that she had been a prostitute to the entire town, including her faithful husband. Light won Daytime Emmy Award
s in 1980 and 1981.
This star power allowed her to be cast in a lead role on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?
. She played the role of the assertive advertising
executive Angela Bower from 1984
. She often played the comic foil
to Tony Danza
's character, Tony Micelli. The series
is currently in syndication
As of 2006, she has a recurring role on NBC
's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
, where she plays Judge Elizabeth Donnelly
, who served as an EADA and Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney
's office before being appointed to the bench in Season 7. She is also a recurring regular on ABC's Ugly Betty
, where she'll play Claire Meade, the estranged wife of Bradford Meade and the mother of Daniel Meade, who is spending time in a rehabilatation clinic.
Light recently starred in an episode of Family Guy
where she played a cartoon version of herself obsessed with Tony Danza and making out with a constructed dummy of Tony in her house. She also recently appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Twenty Good Years
Light has become a gay rights activist
after helping former Who's the Boss?
co-star Danny Pintauro
cope with his sexuality. Light has done work for many LGBT charities and spoke at the 1993
March on Washington. She is also a prominent AIDS
activist and played Ryan White
's mother in a 1989
TV-movie on his life (one of many acclaimed movies-for-television she has made). Light was also the spokesperson for an anti-acne
product, Proactiv Solution
Light is married to television actor Robert Desiderio
. They met when they were both on One Life to Live
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