Tough-but-fair New York Family Court Judge whose daytime TV show, Judge Judy, earned her $47 million in 2013.
Before appearing on television she worked for a cosmetics firm as a corporate lawyer.
She became known for her tough love style of judging.
She was married to Ronald Levy from 1964 to 1976. In 1977, she married Jerry Sheindlin whom she divorced in 1990 and remarried a year later. She has four sons named Gregory, Jamie, Adam and Jonathan and a daughter named Nicole.
Her show Judge Judy became the first show in a decade to receive a higher number of daytime viewers than The Oprah Winfrey Show.