Judy Tenuta, a comedian best known for her roles as "The Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite of the Accordion," passed away on Thursday at her Studio City, California, home. She was 72.
In the late 1980s, Tenuta relocated to New York City in order to appear in the HBO comedy special Women of the Night with Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner, and Ellen DeGeneres (and hosted by Martin Short).
In 1988, Judy Tenuta, a two-time nominee for a Grammy Award, wed comedian and performer Emo Philips. However, neither the separation date nor the cause of the pair are given.
Children by Judy Tenuta are not known to exist. She must have intentionally decided not to have children or, on the other hand, must have kept her family life a secret.
Tenuta was born to Italian-American parents in Oak Park, Illinois. Her elder sisters are two. Dominic, her father, was a police officer, and Josephine, her mother, was a homemaker.
Oak Park River Forest High School was where Tenuta studied. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she later pursued a degree in communications, she joined the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Tenuta has received several honours for her comedic work. The American Comedy Awards honoured her "Best Standup Comedian" in 1993. She was given the National Italian American Foundation's "Italian American Renaissance Award" in 2008. She was also inducted into the Chicago Comedy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Tenuta is a well-known actress, comedian, and writer. She makes money through stand-up comedy, acting, and writing, and her estimated net worth is $4 million.
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