Judy Tenuta, who became known in the late 1980s and 1990s for her offbeat satire of a special kind, has died.
Tenuta’s boss, Roger Paul, confirmed to The New York Times that her cause of death was malignant ovarian growth. She was 72.
“She was an extremely enjoyable, amazing entertainer,” he said in a statement to The Related Press, adding that it was always a “blissful opportunity to connect with her.”
Tenuta recently affirmed her date of birth was November 7, 1965, when in fact she was born in 1949. “She was old fashioned so she could never tell her real age, but now that she’s gone we can tell her real age,” he concluded. In a statement sent to individuals, Paul reflected on Tenuta’s life and legacy.
“A significant part of the rough, spirited character she portrayed in front of an audience stems from her feisty character,” Paul said.
“Judy was a passionate entertainer. She was honored with a remarkably sharp mind, a penchant for freaks, and the ability to prepare runaway universes of fantasy and fun that allowed you to explore your own creative mind. I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Judy for well over 20 years and she has never ceased to amaze or entertain.”
“Judy was an interesting gem, valid strolling cherry bomb. Depending on her schedule for the afternoon, she could give you a much-needed boost in a hurricane of giggles or terribly upset you,” he continued. “And after that, one way or another, if you really wanted it most, she could call you and make you feel charmed and understood.
Maybe that was Judy’s goal with her satire from the start; to reduce the pressure and irritation of our lives and introduce us to their unique hideaway where we can get away from it all.”
Featuring her self-portrayed “Love Goddess” persona, the comic’s dramatic style was ruthless and loud, experts said, mixing observational and offensive humor with audience cooperation. Her presentation was often accompanied by an accordion.
According to The Hollywood Correspondent, she stunned audiences during her most memorable parody routine by posing as the Virgin Mary.
According to the Times, Tenuta was an Illinois native and one of nine children born into a strict Catholic family.
The cutoff time also stated that she had previously honed her skills in Chicago after a studio in The Subsequent City before moving to New York and making headway in stand-up.
She appeared in the 1987 HBO spoof Ladies of the Night alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner and Paula Poundstone.
Tenuta has long been praised for her whimsically imaginative displays. She was the primary beneficiary of the Best Female Joke Artist award from the American Parody Grants in 1988. She was also recognized with a double for her satirical collections Contention, Butt-Privateers and Lesbetarians, and In Goddess We Trust Grammy Awarded.
Tenuta is said to have tracked down a close friend in Unusual Al Yankovic, with whom she has been linked long-term.
She recently appeared on The Strange Al Show in 1997. On Thursday, he presented a tribute to the entertainer on Twitter.
“Devastated to learn of the death of my dear, dear companion, the exquisite Miss Judy Tenuta,” he wrote. “I can’t really accept that she’s gone. Earth has truly lost a goddess.”
Part of Tenuta’s numerous other acting credits include Offspring of the 70s, Material Young Ladies, Johnny Bravo and White Hot.
Judy Tenuta, comic actress known as “Love Goddess”, died at the age of 72
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She is made due by her soulmate, Vern Ache; five brothers Daniel, John, Steven, Thomas and James and their sister Barbara. She also had two nephews, four nieces and one fabulous niece.
https://www.tvguidetime.com/people/judy-tenuta-comic-actress-best-known-as-love-goddess-dead-at-72-446124.html Judy Tenuta, comic actress known as “Love Goddess”, died at the age of 72