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film and drama critic

Judith Crist, American Film and drama critic. Recipient Page One award New York Newspaper Guild, 1955; George Polk award, 1961; New York Newspaper Women's Club award, 1955, 59, 63, 65, 67; Education Writers Association award, 1952; Columbia Graduate School Journalism Alumni award, 1961; named to 50th Anniversary Honors List, 1963; Centennial President's medal Hunter College, 1970; named to Hunter Alumni Hall of Fame, 1973.


Crist was born Judith Klein in The Bronx, borough of New York City, New York, the daughter of Helen (née Schoenberg), a librarian, and Solomon Klein, a manufacturing jeweler.


AB, Hunter College, 1941;teaching fellow, State College Washington, 1942-1943;Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia, 1945;Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, New Paltz, 1994.


She appeared regularly on the Today show from 1964 to 1973 and was among the first full-time female critics for a major American newspaper, in her case the New York Herald Tribune. She was the founding film critic at New York magazine and become known to most Americans as a critic at TV Guide. She appeared in one film, Woody Allen's dramatic-comedy film Stardust Memories (1980), and was the author of various books, including The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl.

Judith Crist's TV Guide to the Movies. And Take 22: Moviemakers on Moviemaking. After graduating from Columbia in 1945, she was employed by The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter, film critic and arts editor for 22 years, and also worked as TV Guide's resident film critic.

After the Tribune ceased publication, she was named the first film critic at New York magazine. She was an adjunct professor at Columbia's School of Journalism from 1958. She conducted the Judith Crist Film Weekends at Tarrytown House, in Tarrytown, New York, from 1971 to 2006.

In 1963, she was awarded an Alumni Award by the Journalism School Alumni Association. She taught until just before her death. She wrote the article "Tribute to a Partnership", a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, in 1965, for a booklet that accompanied RCA Victor's original LP release of the soundtrack album of The Sound of Music.

However, the article has not been reprinted for any of the CD releases of the soundtrack. She cited Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush as her "first and to-this-day-most-vivid film experience.".


  • On April 5, 2008, the school presented her with its Founder's Award on her completion of 50 years as a faculty member.


Like Dwight Macdonald, Crist reviewed films for the Today show in the 1960s.


She was a longtime member of the Executive Committee of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Association and served three terms as President of the Alumni Association during the 1960s.


Married William B. Crist, July 3, 1947 (deceased April 1993). 1 son, Steven Gordon.

Solomon Klein

Helen (Schoenberg) Klein

William B. Crist