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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Judy Gold

b. November 15, 1962

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Judy Gold until we are able to commission a full entry.

Judy Gold performing in her 2006 one-woman show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Standup comedian Judy Gold won two Daytime Emmys for her work writing and producing the Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1998 and 1999. Gold first tried standup on a dare while studying at Rutgers University. After she graduated in 1984, she began working both as a comedian and an actress, landing a gig on the Arsenio Hall Show and a recurring role on the sitcom All-American Girl in 1994. She continued to work on numerous TV shows from the Drew Carey Show to 30 Rock while doing standup both live and on television. Initially she chose not to make her lesbian identity central to her work, but in 2006 she earned high praise, including the United Jewish Appeal’s Mother of the Year Award, the GLAAD Media Award, and a nomination for the Drama Desk Award, for her one-woman, off-Broadway show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, based on her own experiences as a lesbian mother and interviews she had had with Jewish mothers around the country. The following year, she paid homage to noted Jewish women comedians in the JWA film Making Trouble. She also co-hosted The View from 2006–2014. As of 2016 Gold continues to write and perform live and on screen.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Judy Gold." (Viewed on March 24, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/gold-judy>.


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