- NAME: Judge Judy
- OCCUPATION: Judge, Reality Television Star, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: October 21, 1942 (Age: 71)
- Did You Know?: Judge Judy was the only woman in a class of 126 students at American University's Washington College of Law.
- EDUCATION: American University, American University Washington College of Law, James Madison High School, New York Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- Maiden Name: Judith Susan Blum
- Full Name: Judith Sheindlin
- AKA: Judge Judy
- AKA: Judy Sheindlin
- AKA: Judy Blum
- AKA: Judith Blum
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Judge Judy is best known as a no-nonsense courtroom presence on the television show Judge Judy.
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Lyttle agreed and a pilot for the show was shot.
Sensing her growing connection with the American public, Sheindlin wrote the straight-talking Don't Pee On My Leg, and Tell Me It's Raining in 1996. That same year, after 25 years of practicing in family court and hearing more than 20,000 cases, Sheindlin retired. But with her fame spreading through newspapers and TV, a whole new incarnation of the straight-talking judge was about to appear.
In September 1996, Judge Judy first appeared in national syndication. The show rapidly established itself as a roaring success, largely based on the strength of Sheindlin's powerful personality. In February 1999, Judge Judy won the No. 1 slot for syndicated shows. She even began to edge out Oprah in some major markets, including New York. By August 1999, the show averaged some 7 million viewers per week. Meanwhile, Sheindlin published a second book, Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever (1999) which became a New York Times best seller. She published her third book, Win or Lose by How You Choose, a guide for parents about teaching their children about decision-making, in early 2000.
The success of Judge Judy spawned the creation of numerous other daytime court shows, including Judge Joe Brown, Judge Hatchett and Judge Mathis. However, beginning in 2000, ratings for these programs were on the decline and by the 2007-08 season, Judge Judy had fallen to fourth among daytime TV shows. Despite this relative drop in popularity, Judge Judy continues to be watched by some 10 million viewers daily.
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