Nyc Mayor Ed Koch made her judge in 1982, and she was profiled for her hard hitting court strategies on 60 Minutes in 1993. Judge Judy first appeared nationwide in 1996, which is still viewed by 10 million people daily.
Judge Judy was born Judith Susan Blum on October 21, 1942, in Brooklyn, Ny. She continued her education at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was the sole girl in a class of 126 pupils. She completed her law degree at New York Law School in Nyc, where she moved with her first husband in 1964.
In 1965, Judy got her law degree, passed the New York bar exam, and took work as a corporate lawyer to get a make-up company. Dissatisfied using the part of a corporate lawyer, she left within two years to raise two kids, Jamie and Adam. She took the job and found herself in the part of prosecutor for the family court system. She was immediately recognized as a sharp, no nonsense lawyer.
Judy’s professional success, though, was being reached in a high private cost. In 1976, she left her first husband after 12 years of union. She fought to be present for her kids, even while managing her significant workload of emotionally draining cases in the family courts.
Three months after her divorce, Judy met lawyer Jerry Sheindlin; within annually, they were wed, in 1978. As a judge, she continued to combine empathy for the underdog with withering contempt for the smug or devious. Four years after, she was promoted to the job of supervising judge in the Manhattan office of the family court.
In 1990, Judy’s father, Murray Blum, died at age 70; his departure took a remarkable price on her marriage to Jerry. They divorced, as well as a year afterwards, feeling the tug of family ties—aside from her two kids and his three, they now had two grandchildren—along with the yank of awful loneliness, Judy and Jerry remarried. Later, Judge Sheindlin settled securely right into a renewed mission to dispense justice firmly and pretty.
In February 1993, Sheindlin was profiled in the La Times as some sort of hard hitting legal super heroine, decided to make the courts work for the common good. The Times piece was immediately followed with a profile on the CBS news program 60 Minutes. After her appearance on 60 Minutes, an representative for Judy approached Larry Lyttle, the president of Big Ticket Television, using the thought to do a court television program. Lyttle concurred and a pilot for the show was shot.
Feeling her growing relation to the American people, Sheindlin wrote the straight talking Do Not Pee On My Leg, and Tell Me It’s Raining in 1996. But with her celebrity propagating through papers and TV, a completely new avatar of the straight talking judge was going to appear.
The show quickly established itself as a roaring success, mainly on the basis of the robustness of Sheindlin’s strong style. She even started to edge out Oprah in some important markets, including Nyc. By August 1999, the show averaged some 7 million viewers weekly. Meanwhile, Sheindlin released another novel, Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever (1999) which became a New York Times best seller. She released her third novel, Win or Lose by The Way You Pick, a guide for parents about teaching their kids about decision making, in early 2000.
Judge Judyhas been among the very most successful shows in daytime television and is still viewed by some 10 million viewers daily.