Judy Tenuta Movies and Career Information

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Nov 07, 1956
Oak Park

Judy Tenuta (born November 7, 1956, in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American entertainer, actress, comedienne, author, producer and accordionist. One of nine siblings, Judy Lynn was born in 1956 into a huge Catholic family; to a Polish mother Joann, and an Italian father, Caesar, in Oak Park, Illinois. Her older brother, Danny Tenuta, is a retired union electrician. She has a younger sister and several younger brothers, including Jim who had a career as a dancer and now has his own studio. 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 80's with such notable contemporaries as Sam Kinnison and Stephen 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


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