Judith Light (Claire Meade on Ugly Betty)

Current Character: Claire Meade

Birthday: 1947-02-09

Birthplace: Born in Tenton, New Jersey

Marital Status: Married; Robert Desiderio (January 1, 1985)


Judith Light plays Claire Meade on the hit show Ugly Betty. She is probably most famous for her portrayal of businesswoman Angela Bower on the classic sitcom Whos the Boss? Light has credits on numerous other television shows such as St. Elsewhere, Family Ties and Remington Steele. Light also left her mark on Daytime Television when she delivered a powerful performance as Karen Wolek on the long running drama One Life to Live. She was honored with two Daytime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Karen and her scenes (when she was on the witness stand) was so powerful that it was honored with being one of TV Guides 100 Most Memorable Moments on Television. Light is an avid supporter of Gay rights and is a driving force behind AIDS awareness. She is the first heterosexual to sit on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Services Center. The center recently honored her work by naming a library after her.

Career Highlights

Ugly Betty - Claire Meade (2006-Present)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly (2002-2007)
The Stones - Barbara Stone (2004)
Whos The Boss? - Angela Bower (1984-1992)
One Life to Live - Karen Wolek (1977-1983)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1981)
Daytime Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1980)
Soapy Award Winner, Outstanding Actress (1980)
Soapy Award Winner, Outstanding Actress (1979)
GLAAD Media Awards, Vision Award (1998)