Judith Light
Elizabeth Donnelly
Elizabeth Donnelly
Date of birth
9 February 1949
Place of birth
Trenton, New Jersey
IMDb profile

Judith Light is an Emmy Award-winning actress who played Bureau Chief, and later Judge Elizabeth Donnelly, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Light first found fame on television after being recast in the role of Karen Wolek on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. This role was quite lucrative for Light and spawned one of the show's most-remembered storylines; Light's character became a prostitute after she became bored with her life as a housewife. On trial, Karen saved her friend Viki Lord from being convicted of killing her pimp by admitting that she had been a prostitute to the entire town, including her faithful husband. Light won Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980 and 1981.

Light is now starring as Claire Meade, the alcoholic mother of Daniel and Alexis Meade, on ABC's Ugly Betty. In the 2007-2008 season, she was promoted to cast regular. In 2007, Light's performance resulted in her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination, for Guest Actress in a Comedy, which she lost to Elaine Stritch.


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