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Judith Light Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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    Actress Judith Light is honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 12, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

    A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Thursday honoring Tony and Daytime Emmy-winning actress Judith Light.

    Actress America Ferrera, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, theater producer Daryl Roth and casting director Bernie Telsey were among those joining Light at the ceremony in front of the El Centro Complex on Hollywood Boulevard, near the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

    Light heaped praise on a host of people with whom she has worked over the years, saying she would not be receiving the honor without them.

    "If you were not in my life, I would not be standing here,'' she said. "... You remind of the thrill of the work we do, the privilege we have to tell stories and share them with others. You remind me that our business is an act of service. This star is the representation of our connectedness, our support for each other and our joy in each other.

    "... I say to all of you with deep and profound gratitude, thank you," she said. "You remind me of who we all really and truly are. We are each other's star."

    The star is the 2,673rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

    The ceremony came 15 days before Light's latest projects premiere on the streaming service Netflix -- the musical finale of "Transparent," and the comedy series "The Politician." 

    Light has won two Tony Awards in competition, both for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play. Her first was in 2012 for her work in Jon Robin Baitz's drama about family secrets, "Other Desert Cities." She also won in the category the following year for her portrayal of a neurotic Jewish woman in "The Assembled Parties." 

    Light received a Tony nomination for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play in 2011 for her portrayal of the wife of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi in "Lombardi." 

    Light received the Isabelle Stevenson Award in June from The American Theatre Wing, which conducts the Tonys, in recognition of her advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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    The noncompetitive award is presented annually to an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.

    Light's other theater credits include an off-Broadway production of "Wit," which was produced by Roth, and "God Looked Away" at the Pasadena Playhouse.

    Light is best known for her starring role in the 1984-92 ABC comedy "Who's The Boss?" as a divorced advertising executive who hires a former baseball player (Tony Danza) to be her live-in housekeeper.

    Light received her first Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for her portrayal of socialite Claire Meade on "Ugly Betty," which starred Ferrera.

    Light received outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy nominations in 2016 and 2017 for her role as Shelly Pfefferman, the former wife of a transgender retired college professor (Jeffrey Tambor).

    Light also received an outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie Emmy nomination in 2018 for her portrayal of the wife of business tycoon Lee Miglin in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace." 

    Light was born Feb. 9, 1949, in Trenton, New Jersey. She received a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and began her professional career in 1970 in "Richard III" at the California Shakespeare Festival.

    Light's breakthrough role came on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live," as housewife-turned-prostitute Karen Wolek, which brought her lead actress in a daytime drama series Emmy Awards in 1980 and 1981.

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