Known as “The Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion” to her followers, comic Judy Tenuta died Thursday at age 72.
The wide-ranging comic died in her dwelling in Studio City, California, after a battle with stage 4 ovarian most cancers, publicist Roger Neal told the Associated Press.
“She was a very funny, amazing performer,” mentioned Neal, sharing that it was at all times a “happy time to be around her.”
Neal mentioned whereas Tenuta claimed her birthdate as Nov. 7, 1965, she was actually born in 1949.
“She was old school so she would never tell her real age, but now that she’s gone we can tell her real age.”
The two-time Grammy nominee toured with George Carlin as her profession took off within the Eighties. The comedian discovered her voice on levels such because the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Laff Stop in Houston and Caroline’s in New York City.
In 1987, Tenuta garnered consideration with “On Location: Women of the Night,” a HBO particular she starred in alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone and Rita Rudner.
The following 12 months, Tenuta was named finest feminine comedy membership performer reverse male winner Jerry Seinfeld within the “American Comedy Awards” TV particular.
A Chicago native, Tenuta grew up within the suburb of Maywood, alongside six brothers.