Interview – A Look at Judi Ginsberg’s Early Days
Judi Ginsburg is an American stage and screen actress. She went on to play opposite Michael Caine in the movie Man on the Moon and later went on to play opposite Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men. Her career spanned parts of four decades, from the early seventies to the late eighties.
While her career was quite diverse, she is best known for playing two very different characters in her long career. She is remembered most for her appearance as the glamorous, martial arts-loving Ayaka in the acclaimed Ayakashi. In this film she is also fighting a violent rival for the affections of a Japanese geisha. Ginsburg’s other major role was opposite Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men, in which she plays a wife who tries to help her boyfriend navigate the treacherous waters of marital turmoil. Both these roles earned her critical acclaim and won her the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Today, Ginsberg lives in Manhattan Beach, California, as a mother and a grandmother. She has always remained open about the roles that she played in her past, and she still appears in some of the same films today, such as Kung Mangarap (A Fist Full of Dollars), Tokyo Velvet, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Born in Japan, Ginsberg was immediately taken to the United States by her parents when she was a toddler. Her roots in the martial arts can be seen clearly in her formative years, as she studied karate, ballet, and fencing, all of which informed her views on society and life in general.
Following the end of the World War II, Ginsberg decided to move to New York City, where she worked with artist pennies earning below minimum wage. Though her circumstances were far from ideal, she decided to channel her energy into writing. One of her most striking works is the meditation song, entitled Liquid Swords, which is dedicated to those who have suffered in the war.
Ginsberg believes that there are times in our lives when we must do what we must, regardless of how difficult or painful it may be. Whether it’s escaping from a burning building or confronting a violent person, it is always important to follow our gut instincts and our common sense. “I had this feeling that I had to get out of that place because it was getting too dangerous,” she said.
Her poetry has been sold for decades, and she has received many honors for her literary work. Her bronze sculptures, which feature her interpretations of various poems, are currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work was showcased at the 2021 Olympics in London. Ginsberg currently lives in Paris, France.