Judy Tenuta was born on 7 November 1956, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, of Italian and Polish descent. Judy is a comedian, best known for her onstage persona which includes a lot of brashness, very often alternating insult comedy with self-promotion, including herself as the “Love Goddess”. However, all of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Judy Tenuta? As of mid-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $4 million, mostly earned through a successful career as a comedian. She’s appeared with many notable comedians during what was called the “Golden Age of Character Comedy” in the 1980s. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Judy Tenuta Net Worth $4 million
Tenuta was born into a large Catholic family. During the 1980s, she began earning popularity and her net worth also increased significantly – in was about this time that she became known for her “Petite Flower and Love Goddess” self-proclamations, doing wise cracks and wielding an accordion. She also had several notable contemporaries, including Steven Wright and Sam Kinison. She then worked with “Weird Al” Yankovic on numerous projects such as “The Weird Al Show”. She also appeared in the music videos “White & Nerdy” and “Headline News’. Aside from these, she made frequent appearances in game shows such as “Match Game”, “Street Smarts” and “Hollywood Squares”, and was involved in numerous ads for MTV, best known for doing Diet Dr. Pepper commercials in the late-1980s. She also performed in many television specials, mostly for Showtime, Lifetime, and HBO.
Judy then forayed into voice work, becoming the voice of Edna in “Duckman”, and voicing characters in “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” and “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”. Other projects she was a part of have included “Saturday Live”, and starring in the HBO special “Women of the Night”, plus winning “Best Female Comedienne” at The American Comedy Awards – the first female stand-up comic to do so. From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, she was a frequently guested on the “Howard Stern” morning radio show. She also wrote her own book in 1991 called “The Power of Judyism”. Three years later, she was nominated for her first Grammy, for her comedy CD “Attention Butt Pirates and Lesbetarians”, and would get another nomination the following year. In 1996, she was cast in the film “Butch Camp” playing a drill sergeant, and then produced the film called “Desperation Boulevard”. In 2007, Tenuta made a guest appearance in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” as the librarian Mrs. Holler, followed by her casting in the indie films “Going Down in LA-LA Land” and “Sister Mary”.
For her personal life, it is known that Judy married Emo Philips in 1988, but it ended in divorce. She has structured an exaggerated persona that has been referred to under various titles, including the “Aphrodite of the Accordion”, “Princess of Panty Shields”, and “Empress of Elvis Impersonators”.