Judith Light graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. She worked in repertory theatre throughout the United States and Canada. She also performed in Europe with the USO. She debuted on Broadway in "A Doll's House" with Liv Ullman. She continued working on and off Broadway and did a season at the Eugene O'Neil Playwright's conference. She received two Emmys for Best Actress for "One Life to Live," starred on the hit TV series, "Who's the Boss?" and starred in 15 movies for television.
She returned to the New York theatre to perform in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Wit" for the MCC Theatre, and won the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards for best actress on the National Tour. Judith performed in "Hedda Gabler" at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., then starred in Athol Fugard's, "Sorrows and Rejoicings" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She appeared in the Los Angeles Reprise! Broadways Best, Production of 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, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York for their 2005 season.
Most recently, she appeared in A.R. Gurney's "Children" at the Westport Playhouse and 2009 Williamstown Theatre Festival. Judith has also starred in three independent films; "The Shoemaker" with Danny Aiello and Ira & Abby with Robert Klein, Fred Willard, and Frances Conroy. In May 2006, Judith produced and starred in her newest independent feature film "Save Me" with Chad Allen and Robert Gant. She recently completed her role on the highly-acclaimed ABC hit "Ugly Betty" in her 2007 Emmy nominated portrayal of Claire Meade, and is currently seen on NBC's long-running drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in the recurring role of Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Donnelly. Judith Light was the 2012 Tony Award winner of Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in "Other Desert Cities."
Judith is an advocate for many organizations and charities representing AIDS-related and Human Rights issues including; Broadway Cares Equity Fight Aids, The Names Project, AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, The Trevor Project, The Aids Memorial Grove, and was a Point Foundation Board Member from November 2004 thru June 2012. In 2013, Judith Light was awarded her second of back-to-back Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, for "The Assembled Parties." She also won her second of back-to-back Drama Desk Awards for Best Featured Actress for the same play.