Judith Roberts (actress)

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Judith Roberts
Judith Anna Lebrecque

(1934-12-01) December 1, 1934 (age 84)
Years active1971–present
Pernell Roberts
(m. 1962; div. 1971)

Judith Anna Roberts (born December 1, 1934) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Mary Shaw in James Wan's horror film Dead Silence (2007), and as Taslitz, one of "The Golden Girls", in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.

Acting career[edit]

Her first role in a movie was 1977 in Eraserhead. In the following years she appeared in a few other small roles in movies or TV-series, including Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her most notable role was Mary Shaw in James Wan's horror movie Dead Silence in 2007. That same year, Roberts collaborated with Wan again in his film Death Sentence, playing Judge Shaw.

In 2013, Roberts appeared in Justin Timberlake's music video for "Mirrors".[1] In 2014, she had the recurring role in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black. Along with the cast, Roberts received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.[2] In 2015, she performed on Broadway in the play Airline Highway.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Roberts was married to actor Pernell Roberts from 1962 to 1971.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Minnie and Moskowitz Wife
1975 The Swinging Barmaids Sally
1976 Nashville Girl Fran
1976 The Student Body Mrs. Blalock
1977 Eraserhead Beautiful Girl Across the Hall
1979 The Late Great Planet Earth Whore of Babylon
1980 Stardust Memories Singer
1983 Remington Steele Rina Casselas Episode: "Steele Among
1991 Law & Order Harriet Dutton Episode: "The Wages of Love"
1992 Mac Woman on Bus
1994 Mother's Boys Narrator
1998 Three Below Zero Nora Littman
2000 Fast Food Fast Women Bella's Mother
2000 Law & Order Judge Schepps Episode: "Endurance"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nan Turner Episode: "Suite Sorrow"
2006 Faceless Marge Garacci Short film
2007 Dead Silence Mary Shaw
2007 Death Sentence Judge Shaw
2007 The Nanny Diaries Milicent
2008 Choke Elegant Lady
2008 New Amsterdam Julia Episode: "Pilot"
2010 The Aspern Papers Juliana Bordereau
2011 The Deteriorationists Margaret Short film
2012 Fred Won't Move Out Susan
2013 My Day Mother Short film
The Indie Fest Film Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011-2014 The Heart, She Holler Meemaw 18 episodes
2014 Orange Is the New Black Taslitz 8 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2015 Last Words Miss Larson Short film
2016 2 Broke Girls Astrid Episode: "And the Coming Out Party"
2017 You Were Never Really Here Joe's mother
2017 The Mick Great Grandmother Rita Episode: "The Matriarch"
2017 Great News Grammy Episode: "Love is Dead"
2018 The Last O.G. Mrs. Washington Episode: "Pilot"
2019 Friends from College Gummy Episode: "Old Habits"
2019 NOS4A2 (TV series) Jolene Episode 3: "The Gas Mask Man", Episode 6: "The Dark Tunnels"


  1. ^ Lee Yandoli, Krystie (July 16, 2014). "This "OITNB" Inmate Is Also In A Justin Timberlake Music Video". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Michelle McCue. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ Gordon, David (March 17, 2015). "Meet Julie White, Judith Roberts, and the Stars of Broadway's Airline Highway". TheaterMania.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Person Details for Judith Lebrecque". FamilySearch. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015.

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