Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Judith Light is February's Garden State Playmate

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"ANGELA!" In my head I can hear Tony Danza's rough voice ascend into a higher register as he replies to his boss with some mildly comedic response. I grew up watching Who's The Boss and Judith Light played the uptight, '80s yuppie Angela Bower to perfection. There were times when I lost a dream or two, but I found the trail and at the end was February's Garden State Playmate, Judith Light!

Born in Trenton, NJ, Judith Light was starring in TV shows well before she broke out with Who's the Boss. In fact, all throughout the late '70s and '80s you could catch her on TV pretty much any day of the week. She appeared on One Life to Live, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, Kojak, and Family Ties.

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One of her most well received performances was in the 1989 made-for-TV movie The Ryan White Story, about a 13 year old hemophiliac who contracted AIDS. In 1999, Light bravely took on the role in the off-Broadway show Wit where she shaved her head completely as she played a "literary academic dying of ovarian cancer" according to IMDB.

More recently, Light has appeared on Law and Order SVU, Ugly Betty, Nurse Jackie, and now you can catch her on one of my favorites...DALLAS! In the TNT reboot of the long running show, she plays Judith Ryland, the rotten and controlling mother (mother? really?) of the 2nd season's villain.

*She attended St. Mary's Hall in Burlington, NJ. (IMDB)

2 comments:

Miss M said...

OMG Jay, you have no idea how cool this is. Judith Light is beyond the best. Her performance on One Life to Live was truly stuff of magic. She played Karen Wolek a high society woman who was also keeping a secret that she was a prostitute. I encourage everyone to youtube her scene where she breaks down during a murder trial where she admits that she has been involved with prostitution. It is just great acting. The scene gives me chills every time.

And I am living for her role on Dallas. I hope she is on that show for awhile, I am loving this character! She is just a great actress. Yay for Judith!

Ro-Beast Rollie said...

I met her at a gay rights event she was getting an award at last year. She was super nice to me, and more importantly, gave an awesome speech.

Good choice!

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