Judy Tenuta

Judy Tenuta
Full name
Judy Tenuta
Country
USA

Judy Tenuta (born November 7, 1956) is an American entertainer, actress, comedienne, author, producer, and accordionist. One of nine siblings, Judy Lynn was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1956 into a large Catholic family; to a Polish mother Joann, and an Italian father, Caesar, in Oak Park, Illinois. Tenuta's nephew, JP Tenuta, is a professional dancer who studied at Ailey and the Martha Graham School. Judy gained notoriety as a wisecracking, accordion-wielding self-proclaimed "Petite Flower and Love Goddess" during the golden age of character comedy in the mid '80s with such notable contemporaries as Sam Kinison and Steven Wright. She has been featured in several productions of "Weird Al" Yankovic, including The Weird Al Show and the music videos for "Headline News" and "White & Nerdy". She has also appeared on game shows such as Hollywood Squares and the 1998 revival of Match Game. Her most extensive profile came from a series of TV ads for MTV and most notably, Diet Dr. Pepper in the late-1980s, as well as her HBO, Showtime and Lifetime specials which became popular and gained her a loyal following. She is also well known for her often quoted catch phrase, "It could happen!" Her use of voice in her act has lent itself to voice-over work in several animated programs. This includes doing the voice of Edna on Duckman, Black Widow on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and as herself in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Tenuta's act is primarily structured around an exaggerated, offbeat persona that is referred to primarily as "The Love Goddess". Other monikers include "The Petite Flower", "Aphrodite of the Accordion", "Fashion-Plate Saint", "Princess of Panty Shields", and "Empress of Elvis Impersonators". Tenuta's persona encourages fans to convert to her own personal religion, "Judyism".