Does Judge Judy look good for 75 or what? Arena is wishing a BIG Happy birthday to one of all-time faves! The famously sharp-tongued judge has been presiding over small claims disputes on her hit show since 1996, and she shows no sign of slowing down.
We’re celebrating with a marathon of Judge Judy episodes from 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are five things you might not know about the straight-talking TV judge:
1. She’s the highest-paid woman on TV
Judy is the highest-earning woman and second-highest paid TV star in Hollywood (only falling short of Simon Cowell on The X-Factor), according to TV Guide Magazine’s annual survey of TV star salaries. She earns $47 million per year her show, which translates to just over $900,000 per work day (she reportedly works 52 days per year).
2. She popped the question to her husband Jerry
Judge Judy is as direct in her personal life as she is behind the bench. The first time she saw her future husband Jerry Sheindlin, “she walked up to him at the bar, put her finger in his face, and said, ‘And who is this?’
He replied, ‘Lady, get your finger out of my face.’”
They struck up a relationship and when he hesitated about marriage, she whipped out her calendar and cornered him.
“I did propose to him,” she said. “He tried to weasel out of it…whatever. He finally capitulated.” Her persistence paid off; the pair married in 1978 and they have five children.
3. She’s obsessed with Egg McMuffins
Judy could eat pretty much anything she wanted for breakfast, however, her breakfast of choice is Egg McMuffins, a habit she picked up during her days as a family court judge in Manhattan in the early 1990s.
“I still think an Egg McMuffin is the best breakfast,” she has been recorded saying.
4. She keeps her mind sharp with gin rummy
In her dressing room at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, Judy likes to play hands of gin rummy to stay alert.
“My maternal grandmother taught me to play,” she told DuJour magazine. “She didn’t let me win. And I don’t let my grandchildren win!”
5. Her cases are real, but the extras in the courtroom are actors
Judge Judy tries real-life small claims cases on her show, but the courtroom you see on camera is actually a simulated courtroom set. Also, most of the spectators in the gallery are paid extras who are instructed to talk amongst themselves before and after each case so that the bailiff has a reason to call out, “Order! All rise.”
Double eps of Judge Judy are on every weekday from 10:30am.