Judge Judy is a television personality and real-life judge known for her award-winning court show series Judge Judy. The series is so successful that it is second only to the Oprah Winfrey Show in attracting high profile daytime viewers in TV production. Judge Judy herself also happens to be one of the first female judges in the United States. We want to learn more about her.
What Do We Know About Judge Judy?
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 second of four children. For her education young Judy attended James Madison High School and later received a B.A. from the American University in Washington D.C. and then attended New York Law School where she was the only female student in her class.
Judge Judy began her career as an attorney and served in that capacity for 30 years. After graduating, Judge Judy gained her first work experience in a cosmetics company. According to her, the job did not bring her the fulfillment she had hoped for. In connection with the hurdle of raising her children, Judge Judy decided to quit the job. Over time, the blunt and witty judge got another job with the New York court system. It was only a matter of time before she rose to the rank of the presiding judge in the Manhattan Division of the Family Court.
She became a judge in 1982 and retired in 1996, having shown brilliance and passion for justice in deciding over 20,000 cases. After her retirement, Judge Judy welcomed an offer to start a court show for television. This was the birth of the Judge Judy Show.
Judge Judy is also known for her fast decision making, a feature that bears a signature of her court shows. However, this quick decision-making was criticized by her colleagues, who argued that the judgments were superficial and a misrepresentation of what a correct court decision should be.
As for the show, Judge Judy insists that her motive is to create justice for all. She also stressed the need to educate people about taking responsibility for their actions.
Judge Judy has appeared in several films and shows such as the 60 Minutes of CBS. In 1996, the prominent lawyer wrote the book Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining. She has set a Guinness world record for being the longest-serving judge in the history of courtroom programming.
Why Is There News Circulating About Her Death?
Several popular figures have been subjected to a calculated and well-staged rumor of death, such as Judge Judy. The rumor mill began to grind when several online publications began reporting about her death. The rumor mill was exaggerated when someone went so far as to edit her profile on Wikipedia to reinforce the untruth.
Judge Judy is alive and well. Apart from some health problems in the past, the lawyer is doing well, and she plans to extend the running time of her show without a script until 2021. Although she suffered a stroke during the show, the celebrity in the courtroom says that her withdrawal from the show is not imminent unless her fans and viewers think otherwise.
Who Is Her Husband?
Judge Judy is married to Judge Jerry Sheindlin, an American television personality, and lawyer. He has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Jerry once served on the New York State Supreme Court bench and has written two law books – Genetic Fingerprints: The Law and Science of DNA Evidence and Blood Trail.
Judge Judy has been married three times, divorced twice, mother of two and a 13-year-old grandmother. Her first marriage was to Ronald Levy, a juvenile court prosecutor. The marriage took place in 1964 and ended in divorce in 1976. Together they have 2 children – Jamie and Adam, who also worked as district attorney.
One year after their divorce, Judy married Judge Jerry Sheindlin. The couple went through a difficult period and separated in 1990, but surprisingly, the estranged couple got back together again and in 1991 they formed a second marriage. In total, the couple survived 40 years together.
Judy has two biological children from her first marriage, three stepchildren – Jonathan, a surgeon, Greg, and Nicole, who are also lawyers, and 13 grandchildren.
How Much Is She Worth?
The net assets of Judge Judy are estimated at between $250 and $300 million. In 2012, she was the highest-paid television personality with 123,000 dollars and an annual salary of 45 million dollars. By 2013, she retained the top position with earnings of $47 million. The syndicated court show earned her much more than her previous legal jobs.
The Judge Judy Show is still on the air and has been in its 22nd season since its launch in September 1996. It is the most popular and highest-paid TV show without a script, followed by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, which earns $30 million.
Spending the money is definitely no problem for the granny, whose ratings are at an all-time high. In 2013, she allegedly bought an ultra-exotic condo in LA, Beverly Hills, for the sum of $10.7 million. Judge Judy was seen with her children celebrating the sale of her TV library to CBS for a whopping $95 million. Beat that!