In June of 2012, Light was awarded the prestigious Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for Other Desert Cities. She also won a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress for the same play. Light was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play in 2011, for her performance in Lombardi, the American play by Academy Award winner Eric Simpson.
Light’s television career began with her two-time Best Actress Emmy award-winning turn as Karen Wolek on “One Life to Live.” She then went on to play Angela Bower on the hit comedy series “Who's the Boss?” Up until 2010, she was seen on the Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV series “Ugly Betty,” for which she received an Emmy nomination playing the character of Claire Meade. Simultaneously, she co-starred on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in the recurring role of Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Donnelly.
In 2005, Light returned to her performing roots in theater, opening at MCC in New York in the production of Laura Wade’s Colder Than Here. Light showcased her musical abilities in 2004 in the role of Joanne in Steven Sondheim’s Company at the Freud Theatre in L.A. as part of Reprise! Light also appeared in Athol Fugard’s Sorrows and Rejoicings in 2002 at the Second Stage Theatre in New York and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Light is a board member and advocate for many organizations and charities representing AIDS-related and Human Rights issues including: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Names Project/The AIDS Memorial Quilt, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, CDC’s Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS, Hollywood Health and Society, Faith in America, Project Angel Food, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Point Foundation, The Rome Chamber Music Festival and The Trevor Project.
Dan Lauria and Judith Light, the two lead actors in the play “Lombardi,” talk about their roles. The play, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by David Maraniss, tells the story of one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi. “Lombardi” is playing at The Circle in the Square Theatre.