Judith Light to receive 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
In recognition of her advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights, Judith Light will be honored at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards on June 9, 2019.
Congratulations to two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light, who has now been named as the 2019 recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, presented each year to a member of the New York theatre community who has made substantial contributuions in service to one or more humanitarian or charitable organizations.
Ms. Light is being recognised for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.
She commented: “To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life. The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love.”
Judith Light is perhaps best known to Broadway fans for her Tony Award-winning performances in Other Desert Cities (2012) and The Assembled Parties (2013). She also earned a Tony nomination in 2011 for Lombardi. She made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House, returning in 1976 to star in Herzl, and she was last seen on the Broadway stage in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2015 premiere of Thérèse Raquin. To TV audiences, she is perhaps best known for her role as Shelly Pfefferman in Amazon Prime's "Transparent," which has earned her a Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. Her other notable screen credits include "Ugly Betty," "American Crime Story," "Doubt," "Dallas," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "One Life to Live," and "Who's the Boss?"