Judith struggled the next few years and seriously considered quitting acting until she unexpectedly landed a breakthrough role that launched her career: an understudy in a soap.
Judith initially told her agent to call another client, that she wasn't interested in the job.
“'You don't understand, I'm never doing a soap opera. And I'm never doing a sitcom either.' She said, 'Well, you have no money, it's $350 for the day if you get it.' I said, 'I'm there,'”
On “One Life to Live,” Judith played Karen Wolek, a housewife who led a secret life as a prostitute. She won a Daytime Emmy in both 1980 and 1981.
“I'm very honored that people would still remember me from that,” she told interviewer Jim Halterman. “People were here [at the play] this afternoon and they were all like 'Oh My God! We go back to 'One Life to Live.'
“I love that I have that kind of longevity to my career and that people still remember me for that and that they apprecviated that. It was a lot of hard work and it means a lot to me.”
“Who's the Boss” concluded in 1992 and Judith starred in numerous made-for-TV movies. Since 2002, she has had a recurring role as Judge Elizabeth Donnelly in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”