Gina Wilhelm Actress – Judith Light on Stage
Although Judith Light got her start on stage, including a Broadway run in 1975 of “A Doll’s House,” for years, she was only seen on television, notably starring for 8 seasong on “Who’s The Boss?”
When her longtime friend and manager accused her of being scared when she wouldn’t take a stage role after years of doing only TV pilots and movies of the week, she realized he was right.
She decided to take the next stage role that came her way, playing the role of a poetry scholar in “Wit” in 1999.
For the role, she had to shave her head and, at age 50, appear nude on stage.
“It was absolutely terrifying at the time,” said Light, but she realized it was an opportunity to change the way people saw her.
The gamble work. Reviews called her “transformative” and “profound” and said she’d been missing from the stage far too long.
Though she still works on TV, she makes sure to carve out plenty of time for stage work.
Currently she appears in “Children” by A. R. Gurney. The show just closed at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut.
It next moves to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.