I was channel surfing Friday night, July 13, when my eye caught a familiar name in a strange location: Judith Light on Home Shopping Network. I've known Judith since the early 1990s when she was so courageously ubiquitous in fighting and showing up for people with HIV/AIDS. She was a famous television star, after all, and people couldn't get over her being there, so elegant, so eloquent and so authentic - a straight woman who really got the depth of spiritual horror PWAs and LGBT people struggled with every day. It helped that she had the strong backing of her smart, handsome actor/writer husband Robert Desiderio and her brilliant and creative managers Herb Hamsher and Jonathan Stoller, a longtime gay couple who lived with Judith and Robert as extended family. BTW - the whole crew did the seven day California AIDS Ride in 1995.
Actress and jewelry designer Judith Light with her manager/design partner and photographer Jonathan Stoller on the set of the Home Shopping Network
A few years ago, the family transferred to New York City where Judith has been wowing folks on Broadway. Last month, she won a Tony Award for her role in "Other Desert Cities." Jonathan, meanwhile, has had a regular weekly feature on their friend David Mixner's blog, Live From Hell's Kitchen, displaying his incredible nature photographs. Last year, Jonathan turned some of those photos into a book, Fragile Planet, with poetry. Now, it seems, Judith and Jonathan have collaborated on a fashion jewelry collection based on his photographs.
More after the break.