Judy Sheindlin Biography
Judy Sheindlin (Judith Susan Sheindlin), better known by her stage name Judge Judy, is an American television host, producer, author, and former prosecutor and Manhattan family court judge. Sheindlin became a prosecutor in the family court system after passing the New York State bar exam in 1965. Mayor Ed Koch of New York City appointed her to the bench in 1982, first in criminal court and then as Manhattan’s supervisory family court judge from 1986 to 1996.
Judy Sheindlin Age
Sheindlin is 79 years old as of 2021. She was born Judith Susan Blum on October 21, 1942, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. She celebrates her birthday on the 21st of October every year.
How Old is Judge Judy Sheindlin Husband
Judy’s husband was born on 19 November 1933 in New York, New York, United States. He is 88 years old as of 2021.
Judy Sheindlin Height
Sheindlin stands at a height of 1.55 m.
Judy Sheindlin Family
Sheindlin was born to a Jewish family from Germany and Russia in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Murray, a dentist, was hailed as “the greatest thing since sliced bread,” while her mother was described as “a meat and potatoes sort of gal.”
Judy Sheindlin Husband
Judy married Ronald Levy in 1964, and he went on to become a juvenile court prosecutor. After 12 years of marriage, they moved to New York and had two children, Jamie and Adam. They divorced in 1976.
Judge Jerry Sheindlin, who served as an arbitrator on The People’s Court from 1999 to 2001, married her in 1977. They separated in 1990, partly as a result of Judy’s stress and troubles following her father’s death the previous year. A year later, they remarried. Gregory, Jonathan, and Nicole are her three stepchildren.
Judy Sheindlin Grandchildren
She has 13 grandkids with Sheindlin. Greg and Nicole are lawyers, while Jonathan is a retinal surgeon. Nicole, together with her stepmother, co-founded the Her Honor Mentoring program.
Judy Sheindlin Net Worth
Sheindlin has an estimated net worth of $460 million, which she has earned through her career as a judge and a television personality.
Judy Sheindlin Salary
Sheindlin earns an annual salary of $47 million.
Judy Sheindlin Education
Sheindlin graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn and went on to American University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in government and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her legal education was completed at New York Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor degree in 1965.
Judy Sheindlin Legal career
Sheindlin graduated in 1965 and was hired as a corporate lawyer for a cosmetics corporation the same year she passed the New York state bar test. She got dissatisfied with her employment after two years and left to raise her two children. In 1972, she learned about a post as a prosecutor in the New York court system’s family courts. Sheindlin prosecuted child abuse, domestic violence, and juvenile crime cases as a lawyer.
Sheindlin’s “no-nonsense” demeanor prompted New York mayor Ed Koch to nominate her as a criminal court judge in 1982. She was promoted to supervising judge in the Manhattan section of the family court four years later. She had a reputation as a “tough” judge (though she has disputed the terms “tough” and “stern”) who made snap decisions.
Judy Sheindlin 60 Minutes
Sheindlin was profiled in a Los Angeles Times piece written by Josh Getlin in February 1993, highlighting her as a lady dedicated to make the justice system operate for the general good. She was then included in a program on CBS’s 60 Minutes, which garnered her national attention.
Judy Sheindlin Book
Her first book, Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining, was published in 1996. That same year, she retired as a family court judge after hearing over 20,000 cases.
Judy Sheindlin Judge Judy
Sheindlin was approached about starring in a new reality courtroom series, involving “actual cases with real verdicts,” after a combination of the Los Angeles Times story, the 60 Minutes special, and her first book. Judge Judy, her syndicated court show, premiered on September 16, 1996, and continued for 25 seasons, ending on July 23, 2021.
Sheindlin presented the show alongside her bailiff, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, who was referred to on the show as Byrd or Officer Byrd. Byrd stood behind Sheindlin for the entire 25-year run of the show, making him the longest-serving bailiff in the history of courtroom drama. He was Sheindlin’s bailiff in the Manhattan family court system prior to the show, therefore their relationship precedes it.
Throughout its 25-season existence, Judge Judy was the highest-rated court show in the Nielsen ratings, averaging 9 to 10 million viewers every day. Judge Judy’s popularity eclipsed that of frequent daytime ratings leader The Oprah Winfrey Show by the third season, and Judy’s dominance lasted for three straight television seasons from 1998-99 to 2000-01.
Judge Judy had surpassed The Oprah Winfrey Show in terms of daytime viewers by the 2009–10 television season (Winfrey having led daytime ratings for nearly a decade prior to that). Judge Judy was the highest-rated show in all of daytime television programming and first-run syndication from that season onward for the following 12 years, until its series finale. Numerous arbitration-based reality courtroom programs followed in the footsteps of the series, which gave new life to the court show genre.
Sheindlin received a place in the Guinness World Records in 2015 for being the longest-serving television arbitrator in the history of courtroom-themed programming, because to her role on Judge Judy. In 2019, she was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her efforts.
Judy Sheindlin New Show – Judy Justice
Sheindlin launched Judy Justice, a spin-off streaming series on IMDb TV, on November 1, 2021, which is another arbitration-based reality court show highlighting her handling of legal problems.
It’s the first time a traditional court show has streamed first-run episodes. The first episode of Judy Justice aired on November 1, 2021. While Sheindlin has promised to utilize the same adjudicating procedures as she did with Judge Judy, she has stated a willingness to forego some traditional courtroom traditions, such as the black judicial robe in favor of a different hue. Her new judicial robe color was eventually revealed to be burgundy red, as shown in a bumper ad for the show that aired on September 9, 2021.
Judy Sheindlin House – Where Does Judge Judy Sheindlin Live
Sheindlin owns property in Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Wyoming, among other states. Every other week, she traveled to Los Angeles for two to four days to tape Judge Judy shows. She did, however, purchase a $10.7 million condominium in Beverly Hills, a Los Angeles suburb, in May 2013. Judy and her husband announced in 2018 that they had spent $9 million buying Dorrance Hill Hamilton’s Bird House, a 9,700-square-foot home on 3.67 acres in Newport, Rhode Island.