Judge Judy's reality television courtroom has been on the air for 25 seasons so far.
Judith Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, has cemented her status as a pop culture icon and just turned 78 years old! According to Soap Hub, the reality television courtroom judge was born on October 21, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. Can you believe Judy has been gracing our television screens for over twenty years? She's been a judge for almost over forty! Over the years Judy has donned an array of roles from television personality, series producer, best-selling author, to the arbitrator of the highest-rated court series on television. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and passed the New York state bar examination in 1965. Judge Judy made its debut on September 16, 1996. According to the Judge Judy website " One of the nation's most well-known media personalities, Judge Judith Sheindlin's numbers and brand continue to grow after more than two decades on the air. In the 2018-19 season, JUDGE JUDY averaged a robust 10 million daily viewers. She's also written best-selling books and launched whatwouldjudysay.com, an interactive website. Over the past two decades, Judge Sheindlin has won numerous accolades and awards from the legal, academic, and media worlds, and she has sponsored worthy philanthropic initiatives." Many fans took to Twitter to wish the legend!
🎁 Happy birthday to the legal legend, Judge Judy. What would you buy her for her special day? 🎉 pic.twitter.com/w65MDJBFbv— CBS Drama (@CBSDrama) October 21, 2020
Yes, it's true, it is my birthday. And I thank you all for the birthday wishes. But let's not forget to also wish a happy birthday to the best person I know, the baddest bitch on TV, and my personal hero - Judge Judy. pic.twitter.com/hRfOG70Ldu— 🎃👻 Dead Longcorpse 👻🎃 (@dudelongcouch) October 21, 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUDGE JUDY! Judge Judy Sheindlin celebrates her 78th today. pic.twitter.com/OUfQL65l8K— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) October 21, 2020
While Judy is synonymous with her signature short bob more recently she's been slicking her hair back into ponytails. PEOPLE reports that after nearly two decades of sporting short hair she opted for a low ponytail at the Daytime Emmy Awards last year. "It used to take me an hour to ready for work … or even to go out for dinner,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Hair, curling, blowing.” And yes this look is here to stay. “I like it,” she said. “It’s comfortable and easy.” She also bagged an award that night: the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys. “I have a profession that’s always been my passion. And tonight, I have this lovely honor which says I’ve done my job well,” she said while accepting the award. “Life has a beginning, a middle, and an end. As most of us, I don’t remember the very beginning, I’m having an absolute blast in the middle, and if my luck holds, I won’t be around for the end.”
Earlier this year, according to PEOPLE "the Emmy winner dropped two major bombshells — one, that her syndicated arbitration-based reality court show, Judge Judy, will be wrapping up its run after 25 years, and two, that she’s prepping a follow-up show titled Judy Justice." She made the revelation on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "I’m not tired,” Sheindlin told DeGeneres, “You’re not tired, you’re not supposed to stop!” “I’ve had a 25-year long marriage with CBS and it’s been successful. Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary. And CBS, I think, sort of felt they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program because now they have 25 years of reruns,” Sheindlin said. “So what they decided to do was sell a couple of years worth of reruns.” “Judy Justice will be coming out a year later,” she shared at the time. “Judge Judy you’ll be able to see, next year, a full year, all new shows. The following couple of years you’ll be able to catch all the reruns that CBS has sold to the stations that are currently carrying Judy. After that, Judy Justice will be going elsewhere.”
The former prosecutor and retired family court judge appeared on Judge Judy, first in 1996. Soon enough she was a household name. The show won three competitive Emmy awards and became the highest-rated courtroom program in the country. It had a whopping 9 million viewers a day on average. She also earned the title of the highest-paid personality on TV. She was making about $47 million a year. She was reportedly worth $400 million in 2018, making her the 48th richest self-made woman in America. Happy birthday, legend!