Judy Sheindlin, also known to fans as Judge Judy, is a history making prosecuting lawyer who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest serving judge or arbitrator in courtroom-themed programming history. Sheindlin grew up in Brooklyn and attending American University for her Bachelors, earning a degree in government. She went on to attend New York Law School, graduating with her Juris Doctor in 1965 and passing the bar in the same year. After graduating law school, Sheindlin accepted a job as a corporate lawyer for a cosmetics firm, however, she soon discovered that her passion was in the family courts system. In 1982, she was appointed by then major Ed Koch as a criminal court judge in New York City and four years later, she was promoted as Manhattan's supervising family court judge.
Koch was enamored by Sheindlin's no-nonsense approach as a prosecutor and earned a positive reputation for her incredible wit. In the early 1990s, she gained international recognition after being profiled by "60 Minutes" and in 1996, she published her first book "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining," which ultimately led her to accept an offer for a television show. That show would become know as "Jude Judy," a courtroom reality show that showcased real cases and real rulings to millions of viewers. Today, "Judge Judy" has had 24 seasons and for the past decade, it's been the highest rated show on daytime television. However, all good things must come to an end.
In March 2020, Sheindlin appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to announce that her show will come to an end, but will continue throughout the 25th season, which airs in 2020-2021. But, this isn't the last of Sheindlin's television career. Although "Judge Judy" is coming to an end, Sheindlin will appear in a similar courtroom style show, "Judy Justice," which will appear on streaming platforms. No baloney here!
Not only has Sheindlin made an impact on the courtroom system, but she's one of the most celebrated pop culture figures of the 21st century. Sheindlin has been parodied on a number of comedy shows, including "Saturday Night Live," "The Simpsons," "The Amanda Show" and by New York drag queen Bianca Del Rio on season six of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Sheindlin's likeness has also been replicated by a number of artists, who've inked her portrait (both realistic and highly stylized) on "Judge Judy" fans from around the world. Take a peek at some of our favorite tattoos of Sheindlin in the gallery below and let us know your favorite Sheindlin quote on social media.