GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Judith Sheindlin.
Sheindlin, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 71 on Monday. The judge was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She started her career as a corporate lawyer with a cosmetics firm. Later she joined the New York court system as a prosecutor in the family courts and was promoted to supervising judge in the Manhattan division of the family court.
As a lawyer, she prosecuted child abuse cases, domestic violence, and juvenile crime and earned a reputation as a "tough" judge, known for her fast decision-making and acerbic wit.
She is better known as Judge Judy, which debuted on Sept. 16, 1996 and is currently into its 18th season. The court show has earned her numerous awards and honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2006, the Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame in October 2012 and first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program on its 15th nomination on June 14, 2013.