Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Judy (Landers)!


Judy & Audrey

Lindsey, Judy, and Kristy

Happy birthday wishes go out this morning for one of my favorite actresses, Ms. Judy Landers!
She's almost exactly one half of the famous Landers Sisters, Audrey being the other one, who is also an actress and singer. Their mom, Ruth, is a producer, and kind of their manager, who along with Audrey created a clothing line for The Home Shopping Network, called The Landers STAR collection.
But we aren't here today to talk about Audrey and Ruth, oh no. Today is not their birthday. It's Judy's!
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which served as the nation's capital for ten years, way before Judy was born. She was raised however in Rockland County, New York, just 12 miles north-northwest of New York City, and where the last witch trial was held in New York state in 1816 (the witch was found innocent and released from witch jail). She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then attended the Warren Robertson Dramatic Training School before heading for the Juilliard School of Music, all in New York.
Judy has typically been typecast as a ditzy blonde sex bomb with a bent toward comedy in most of her roles in films and television. She got her professional start when she was 18 as Holly in the film "The Yum Yum Girls" (Yummy!). From then on she found work quite easily, especially on TV. Some of my favorite shows she has appeared in are: "Happy Days," "The Jeffersons," 23 episodes of "Vegas," "Charlie's Angels," 15 episodes of "B.J. and the Bear," "The Fall Guy," 51 freaking episodes of a TV talk show hosted by a puppet called "Madame's Place," "Fantasy Island," "Knight Rider," "The A-Team," "L.A. Law," "Murder She Wrote," 9 episode of "The Love Boat," and "Night Court." She has also appeared as a popular guest on game shows like "The Match Game," and "The Hollywood Squares."
Back to puppets, Judy collaborated with her mom and sis on the PBS children's television show "The Huggabug Club," which ran from 1995 to 2000, a trailer of which can be found just below:
Judy and Audrey co-wrote over 150 songs for the series, which their mom helped produce.
For some reason pretty girls, especially actresses, fall for sports guys. I don't know why. In 1987 Judy married Tom Niedenfuer (sounds like some kind of damn foreigner to me), who was a freaking relief pitcher for the Dodgers, which is a baseball team (how hard is it to play baseball, for crying out loud) here in Los Angeles. You may of heard of them. Anyway, they had two lovely daughters, Lindsey and Kristy (picture above). Judy and her husband now live in Florida... I don't know why.
Anyway, all of us here at Joyce's Take wish Judy continued happiness and good fortune in whatever she wishes to do, and a very happy birthday! Happy Birthday Judy!

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