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Judy Sheindlin


Judy Sheindlin Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2013, Judy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in her work on Judge Judy.

    • Judge Judy resides in Palm Beach, Florida.

    • Judge Judy is an advocate for allowing one-party and no-fault divorces. She recently appeared at a New York City forum entitled, "The Need for No-Fault Divorce."

    • Judge Judy owns a 190 foot yacht named "Her Honor".

    • Judge Judy is ranked #13 on Forbes.com's 2007 list of 'The Richest 20 Women in Entertainment'.

    • Judge Judy donated a day on the set of her television show and lunch with herself after a taping to an auction for the children's charity 'Children at Heart'.

    • Judge Judy is the best-selling author of four books: Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining; Win or Lose by How You Choose; Keep It Simple, Stupid; and Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever.

    • Judge Judy graduated after only 3 1/2 years of high school, at age 17. She went on to graduate in 1963 from American University in Washington, D.C. Judy received her law degree after graduating first in her class from New York Law School in 1965.

    • Judge Judy began her career in family court in 1972, prosecuting juvenille deliquency cases.

    • Judge Judy's husband Jerry is also a judge, appointed by Ed Koch to Manhattan's criminal court in 1983. He later became a trial judge for New York's Supreme Court, and appeared on a television courtroom show, The People's Court, from 1998 through 2001, when Judge Marilyn Milian replaced him.

    • Judge Judy proposed to Jerry Sheindlin in 1977. They divorced in 1990, and remarried a year later. Judy was struck hard by her father's death, and needed time by herself. They remain married today, sharing four children as well as five grandchildren.

    • Judge Judy and her husband Jerry performed the marriage ceremonies of all four of their married children.

    • Judge Judy's production of her television show takes place in Los Angeles, California, but she splits her time between Naples, Florida, Greenwich, Connecticut, and New York City.

    • Judge Judy credits her father, Murray Blum for her success. His constant support and faith in her abilities pushed her to the maximum in all areas of her life.

    • Judge Judy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, snorkeling, ice skating, and bargain shopping on the Internet.

    • Judge Judy's philosophy on life is a simple one: You take responsibility for yourself and the actions of your children that you have brought into this world.

    • Judge Judy never planned on a life of fame and fortune--as a civil servant, she was planning on a modest retirement in Florida.

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin has appeared on Saturday Night Live and has been mentioned and parodied on numerous shows (such as The Simpsons, Will & Grace, etc).

    • In 1999, Judge Judy was selected to judge the Miss America Pageant.

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin has surpassed Oprah Winfrey to become the highest-paid woman in television history.

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin is a devoted fan of the TV show - Law & Order.

    • Judge Judy has been nominated for the Daytime Emmy Awards every year from 1999-2007, but has never won.

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2006 (Valentine's Day).

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin is Jewish.

    • Judge Judy Sheindlin holds an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

    • In 1986, Judge Judy Sheindlin was promoted to the rank of Supervising Judge for Manhattan (New York County).

    • Judge Judy Sheindlin was appointed to the bench as a Family Court Judge by Edward Koch, mayor of New York in 1982.

    • Judge Judy Sheindlin has renewed her contract for Judge Judy through 2009.

    • Before she began "Judge Judy", Judge Judith Sheindlin was the feature subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times that led to a report widely seen on "60 Minutes" (1968).

    • Judge Judith Sheindlin is married to Jerry Sheindlin (1977 to present). She has three children with him.

    • Judge Judy Sheindlin was married to Ronald Levy from 1964 to 1976. She has 2 children with him.

    • Judge Judy Sheindlin is 5'1 (1.55 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Judge Judy: You're an idiot!

    • Judge Judy: Any law that prescribes that people must live together if the marriage is broken is wrong.

    • Judge Judy: I see way too many ladies out there that are buying the supposed affections of low-lifes that have it for sale. But all I can do is tell the ladies to 'wake up!' and drop the silly act.

    • Judge Judy: I suppose that Byrd and I will keep doing this dance on television as long as the viewers want to watch. I enjoy what I do, when I do it, and how it gets done.

    • Judge Judy: I get a kick out of these comedians that make fun of me; it makes Jerry and I laugh. Some of them are really dead-on, and that scares me.

    • Judge Judy: I make the litigants look at me, because the first sign of a liar is avoidance. I want to make certain that I am reading the right expressions, hearing the correct verbage, and making note of the tone that all who appear before me use. I take all of it into consideration in determining a character.

    • Judge Judy: I am very pleased with the way that life has turned out. I never would have imagined so many riches, coming out of the career that I have chosen. Now, when I say riches, I do mean monetarily, because it is a hard road to travel at times, 'judging'.

    • Judge Judy: When you get to be MY age, things fall under different priorities. Believe me when I say that what used to be the most important thing in the world, does not even matter anymore. Time passes, priorities shift, and people change.

    • Judge Judy: The players in this melancholy theatre of mine are the judges, lawyers, caseworkers, addicted parents, and castaway children. What a shame.

    • Judge Judy: When I first heard someone refer to me as 'Judge Judy' I thought 'I have a last name'. Judge Judy sounds like 'Buffalo Bob' or 'Clara Bell' or something. Well, now I have come to accept it, that's to so many people who I am.

    • Judge Judy: I may seem harsh and snippy, but I have been on this bench a long time, and I have seen more fast talkers and fresh mouthed litigants than I care to remember, so the answers are automatic at this point of the game.

    • Judge Judy: My personal belief is that we have to get kids' attention, and fast. A period on a chilly upstate facility can be a great attitude adjuster.

    • Judge Judy: Lawyers are always asking me if I will cut some slack for their clients. My standard answer is this is not Let's Make A Deal.

    • Judge Judy: In our country, indigent people are given free legal counsel. That is fine and good, but nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you are entitled to a free ride.

    • Judge Judy: (When asked how she expects judges - and, in a more expansive view, the world - should behave) Accept responsibility for what you do in everything.