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Judge Judy: Get Well Soon!

by Naomi Pfefferman

March 30, 2011 | 6:43 pm

Judge Judy

Judge Judy said she needs “a day to chill”  in the hospital after being whisked to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—in an ambulence—following symptoms of stomach distress today, TMZ reported.  “I’m really fine,” the 68-year-old Judith Sheindlin, a.k.a. TV’s sometimes irascible Judge Judy, told TMZ’s Harvey Levin.  “I wanted to go back to work this afternoon. I’m exhausted. I’m tired.  A lot of things just zoned together, including the bad news of the world. At my age, I know my body. My body is fine.” 

Sheindlin, host of the syndicated courtroom reality show “Judge Judy,” has hardly been benched by her experience:  she should return home on Thursday.

Described by Forbes as one of the 20 richest women in entertainment (actually she was number 13 in 2007), the tough-talking judge got her start in 1976 when then-Mayor Ed Koch appointed her to New York’s criminal court and in 1980, as Manhattan’s supervising family court judge. 

Judge Judy has Jewish credentials, too.  Born Judith Susan Blum to German Jews in Brooklyn, she was raised in a traditional household but has described herself as more of a cultural Jew, she told the Jewish World Review some years ago:  “Indeed, under Judge Judy’s robe still beats the heart of a Jewish mother,” the story said.  “When she was [once] profiled on Entertainment Tonight, she managed to slip in several times that her ‘handsome son’ was unmarried and looking.” 

While the Jewish judge has no plans to sit on her local Beit Din, it’s reported that her current show should continue at least until 2013, its 17th season. 

Stay well, Judge Judy!

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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