Meet the TV personality and real-life judge who is known for her award-winning court show series, Judge Judy. The show has successfully made a name second only to that of the Oprah Winfrey show to attract high daytime viewers in TV production.
Judge Judy herself also happens to be one of the first female judges in the United States, later an actress and a writer.
Judge Judy’s Wiki
Judith Susan Sheindlin was born on October 21, 1942, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents, Murray and Ethel Blum are Jewish. She is the 2nd of 4 children. For her education, young Judy attended James Madison high school and later obtained a B.A from the American University in Washington D.C and then attended the New York Law School where she was the only female student in her class.
Judge Judy began her career as an attorney, serving in that capacity for 30 years. After her graduation, Judge Judy’s first job experience was in a cosmetic firm. According to her, the job did not give her the fulfilment she hoped for. Coupled with the hurdle of raising her children, Judge Judy decided to quit the job. In time, the blunt and witty judge got another job with the New York Court System. It was just a matter of time before she rose to the rank of a supervising judge in the family court’s Manhattan division.
She became a judge in 1982 and retired in 1996 after a commendable show of brilliance and passion for justice in the ruling of over 20, 000 cases. Following her retirement, Judge Judy welcomed a pitch to launch a daytime court show for TV. Hence, the Judge Judy show was born.
Judge Judy is also known for her fast decision making, a property that has a signature of her court shows. However, these swift proceedings have been criticized by her co-legal practitioners, arguing that the rulings are shallow and a misrepresentation of what a proper court ruling should be.
As far as the show goes, Judge Judy insists that her motive is to afford justice for everyone. She has also stressed the need to educate people on taking responsibility for their actions.
Judge Judy has featured in some movies and on shows like CBS’ 60 minutes. In 1996, the celebrity jurist authored the book Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining.
Judge Judy has made a Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving judge in courtroom-themed programming history.
Is Judge Judy Dead?
Judge Judy is alive and well. Aside from a few health conditions in the past, the Jurist is well and is making plans to extend the running of her non-scripted show till the year 2021.
Despite suffering a stroke on the show, the courtroom celebrity says retirement from the show is not imminent except her fans and viewers think otherwise.
Kids, Husband And Divorce
Judge Judy has been married 3 times, divorced twice, and is a mother of 2 and a grandmother.
Her first marriage was to a prosecutor in a juvenile court, Ronald Levy. The marriage took place in 1964 and ended in a divorce in 1976. Together they have 2 children- Jamie and Adam who also worked as a district attorney.
A year after their divorce, Judy got remarried to Judge Jerry Sheindlin. The couple had their rocky patch and later split in 1990. Surprisingly, the estranged couple came back together again, tying the knot for the second time in 1991. In all, the couple has survived 40 years with each other.
Altogether, Judy has 2 biological children from her first marriage; 3 stepchildren- Jonathan, a surgeon, Greg and Nicole who are attorneys as well; and 13 grandchildren.
Judge Judy’s Net worth And Salary
Judge Judy is estimated to have a net worth between $250 – $300 million.
In 2012, she was the highest-paid television personality making $123 000 and an annual pay of $45 million. By 2013, she maintained the top spot with an earning of $47 million. The syndicated court show earned her much more than her previous legal jobs did.
The Judge Judy show is still ongoing and is in its 22nd season since its kick off in September 1996. It is the most popular and highest paying non-scripted television show followed by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show which has an earning of $30 million.
Spending the money is definitely not a problem for the granny whose ratings are at an all-time high. In 2013, she reportedly purchased an ultra-exotic condo in LA, Beverly Hills for the sum of $10.7 million.
Judge Judy was spotted with her children celebrating the sales of her TV library to CBS for a whopping $95 million. Beat that!