Does Judge Judy have a SAG (Screen actors Guild) card?
#130069. Asked by shimonbentzvi. (Mar 19 13 2:59 PM)
This is not a definitive answer but here is what I found (for what it's worth) on:|
"Do non-actors like Judge Judy need to be in an actor's union? How about non-actors who make one-shot appearances on TV shows?
You can be Taft-Hartley'ed if you just do one, but anything more you need to join SAG.
Interestingly, when I had to join SAG about twenty-five years ago, I had to go right down to their office, fill out the forms and pay the initiation dues - in either cash or a cashier's check. No credit cards or personal checks were allowed. I guess they had been stiffed too many times. New SAG members, is that the same policy? (Hey, I can ask Friday Questions too.)"
I also searched the SAG awards and nominees. There was no trace of Judith Scheindlin ever being nominated for an award. Considering (as far as I know) her show is rated #1 in viewer ratings for daytime tv, I can't imagine that if she was a member of the SAG she wouldn't have been nominated for at least one award over the 14+ years she's being doing the show.
It seems that AFTRA might be the better union for Judge Judy, however now that AFTRA and SAG have joined together, maybe she is an SAG-AFTRA member. The AFTRA awards are called AMEE and maybe she comes under that catagory and has won an award.
This is a very rambling answer and by no means guaranteed to be accurate. It's just the best I could do.
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