NAME: Judith Light
SOAP ROLES: Claire Meade, UGLY BETTY (2006-present); Karen Wolek, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1977-1983)
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2008 TV Land Award nomination for Mad Ad Man (or Woman) of the Year
2007 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2007 Prism Award win for Performance in a Comedy Series
2007 TV Land Award nomination for The "She Works Hard for the Money" Award (Favorite Working Mom)
1998 GLAAD Meida Award Vision Award recipient
1981 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1980 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1980 Soap Award win for Outstanding Actress
1979 Soap Award win for Outstanding Actress
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Mimi Torchin: No one who ever saw Judith's work as the long-suffering Karen Wolek is likely to forget it, especially her Llanview-shaking admission on the witness stand that she was a prostitute. Daytime's rafters shook. Light went on to prime time and film fame, but this Emmy-winning actress never shunned her daytime roots, always acknowledging where she began with pride and grace. Judith's outspokenness and her support of AID's research and gay rights before it was fashionable shows that she isn't only a brilliant actress, but she's also a woman of substance.
Alan Carter: And not just for the courtroom scene. Although the classic courtroom scene would be enough. She was THE hooker with a heart of gold...she had the audience aching every time she made a bad move. When hired she wasn't what most soap women looked like...and she commanded the audience's attention with her talent and not her hair.
Lynn Liccardo: Another name I saw and wondered how I could have forgotten those iconic courtroom scenes.
Roger Newcomb: She was so memorable on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and one of those actresses that people continue to talk about her soap work long after she's left daytime. On UGLY BETTY she has been able to show her incredible range from dramatic sequences to broad comedy.