Meet Judy Smith, the Real Figure Behind the Kerry Washington Show, “Scandal”
You may not have heard of her, but you’ve surely heard parts of her story. Judy Smith is the subject of one of the hottest new shows in the country, “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington. Smith is one of the co-producers for the show, and the author of the book, “Good Self, Bad Self.”
Smith typically stays out of the limelight, representing some of the most notorious figures in America, including Monica Lewinsky, the Chandra Levy family, Michael Vick, and BP after the Gulf oil spill.
She runs the crisis management company, Smith & Co. doesn’t market itself on the web or with business cards. She comes to you when you need her. Smith didn’t even allow her picture to be taken.
“When you’re working in crisis situations, people have a tendency — particularly the media — to stake out your house,” she says, explaining her extreme sense of privacy. “Having done this for 20 years, I understand what that is like.”
What it’s like: During the height of the Clinton impeachment scandal, she hid Lewinsky from the tabloids and the television cameras on some days at a church’s homeless outreach program, says her friend Robin Marcus, a teaching instructor at George Washington University. Lewinsky volunteered and worked there for several days over several months. That’s how bad it can get.
So Smith is happy to be the inspiration and consultant for “Scandal,” but when her character, Olivia Pope, both kisses and slaps the president of the United States in the very first episode?
“Really, really, really didn’t happen,” she laughs. “It’s television.”