Placed among one of the “100 Most Trusted Americans” according to a 2013 Reader’s Digest Survey, Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, brought a fresh face and hard-hitting courtroom tactics to the court show genre with the premiere of Judge Judy in 1996. Today, Judge Judy is still going strong — 10 million viewers tune in daily to her syndicated show, and she’s not slowing down any time soon. (In 2013, she extended her Judge Judy contract through 2017.)
In addition to her television success, Judge Sheindlin is also an accomplished author, having penned three books: the straight-talking Don't Pee On My Leg, and Tell Me It's Raining, the New York Times best seller Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever: The Making of a Happy Woman, and a parenting guide book, Win or Lose by How You Choose. She and her daughter, Nicole Sheindlin, founded Her Honor Mentoring, a program that aims to increase self confidence in young working women, and in 2004 Judge Sheindlin was named International Spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, which promotes pet adoption.
Larry King sat down with the honorable icon, and here are a few facts we learned from his interview:
1. The characteristic Judge Judy values most in herself is tenacity.
2. At one point her guilty pleasure was getting a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin every morning at the drive thru.
3. Her proudest moment was when she was sworn in as a family court judge.
4. She values honesty the most in others.
5. She currently resides in Florida.
Watch the clip below from Judge Judy Sheindlin’s interview with Larry King to hear her talk about her biggest role model. To see Judge Sheindlin’s full length interview with Larry King, head over to Ora TV.