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Judith Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942), better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. She passed the New York bar exam in 1965 and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1976, Mayor Ed Koch appointed her a judge, first in criminal court and later, in 1980, as Manhatten`s supervising family court judge. She was featured on CBS`s 60 Minutes in the 1990s as a result of her reputation as a tough judge.
Since retiring in 1996, Sheindlin has garnered much fame for presiding over her own syndicated courtroom show, Judge Judy. The show`s ratings have consitently ranked highly.
Sheindlin was born Judith Susan Blum in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents Murray and Ethel Blum. Sheindlin described her father, a dentist, as "the greatest thing since sliced bread" and her mother as "a meat-and-potatoes kind of gal."
Sheindlin attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn before going on to American University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in government. She then enrolled at the Washington College of Law, at American University, where she was the only wonman in a class of 126 students. She finished her law school education at New York Law School, where she graduated in 1965.
In 1964, Sheindlin married her first husband, Ronald Levy, who later became a prosecutor in juvenile court. She and Levy divorced in 1976.
In 1977, she married Jerry Sheindlin, a judge and also a divorcé. They briefly divorced in 1990, and Judy Sheindlin has said that the cause of the split was the stress caused by the recent death of her father, with whom she had a close relationship. They remarried in 1991. The Sheindlins have five children between the two of them, Gregory, Jamie, Jonathan, Adam and Nicole, as well as eleven grandchildren.
James Madison High School, Brooklyn
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Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining  (Judith Sheindlin)
Judith Susan "Judy" Sheindlin (née Blum; born October 21, 1942), better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful Daytime Emmy Award winning reality courtroom series named after her, Judge Judy.
Lawyer, judge, television personality, arbitrator
Attorney: 1965–present Judge: 1982–present Television personality: 1996–present
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Attorney:, 1965–present, Judge:, 1982–present, Television personality:, 1996–present