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|Also Known As:||Judith Ellen Licht||Died:|
|Born:||February 9, 1949||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Trenton, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actress|
Emmy Award-winning television actress Judith Light enjoyed a lengthy career on the small screen for portrayals of women both scandalous and supremely capable. After an early, impressive start on the stages of Broadway, Light reluctantly took on the role of wife-by-day/prostitute-by-night, Karen Wolek, on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968- ) in 1977. Much to her surprise and delight, the scene-stealing character would earn her two Emmys before her departure in 1983. As memorable as her daytime role may have been, the actress would be forever connected to her next character, ad-exec Angela Bower, the uptight romantic foil to Tony Danza on the long-running sitcom "Who's The Boss?" (ABC, 1984-1992). A dedicated activist for AIDS awareness and an advocate for the LGBT community, Light's behind-the-scenes efforts were recognized when the library at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center was named in her honor in 1998. In direct contrast to her "Who's the Boss?" character, she brilliantly embodied the mentally unstable, alcoholic publishing maven Claire Meade on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) throughout its run. Unafraid to take chances or play against type, Light amassed an impressively consistent list of credits for more than 30 years.
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