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Judith Light

Actress

Judith Light on the Who's the Boss? episode "First Kiss" and "Tony" and "Angela's" relationship

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As an actor you are there to serve. If you're doing it for your ego or because you think you can become a star, you're not doing it for the right reason. If you're doing this for anything other than to bring some kind of illumination to the project that you're working on, that will lift your team, lift yourself and lift anybody who comes to see you, then you are not doing this profession a service.

About this interview

In her three-hour Archive interview, Judith Light talks about her early years and her training at Carnegie Mellon. She describes being cast as "Karen Wolek" on the daytime drama One Life to Live - a role for which she received two Daytime Emmy Awards. She recounts being cast as "Angela Bower" on the comedy series Who's the Boss? opposite Tony Danza. She details the eight-season run of that show, recalls working with co-stars Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond, and discusses the classic episodes "First Kiss" and "Briefless Encounter." Light recounts her involvement with various AIDS charities, which led to her starring as "Jeanne White" in The Ryan White Story, and speaks of co-starring in several other made-for-television movies. She chronicles her prolific stage career, which includes Tony-winning performances in "Other Desert Cities" and "The Assembled Parties." She recounts co-starring in several series including the revival of Dallas, Ugly Betty, The Stones, and Transparent, in which she co-stars with Jeffrey Tambor. She sums up by discussing balancing her career and married life, and giving advice to aspiring actors. Adrienne Faillace conducted the interview on April 3, 2015 in New York, NY.

As an actor you are there to serve. If you're doing it for your ego or because you think you can become a star, you're not doing it for the right reason. If you're doing this for anything other than to bring some kind of illumination to the project that you're working on, that will lift your team, lift yourself and lift anybody who comes to see you, then you are not doing this profession a service.

Interview Highlights

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Judith Light on the Who's the Boss? episode "First Kiss" and "Tony" and "Angela's" relationship

Who's the Boss?02:44
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Judith Light on the importance of Transparent

Judith Light on the importance of Transparent04:13
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Judith Light on her Ugly Betty character "Claire Meade" and working with America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez"

Ugly Betty04:44
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Judith Light on playing "Judith Ryland" on the revival of Dallas

Dallas04:51
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Judith Light on being cast as "Karen Wolek" on One Life to Live

One Life to Live04:19
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What sitcom vet co-starred with Judith Light as "Mona Robinson" on Who's the Boss?

Judith Light on working with Katherine Helmond as "Mona Robinson" on Who's the Boss?01:10

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