Who Is Judy Rubenfeld? Facts About Paul Reubens’ Mother

October 9, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    The late Judy Rubenfeld was the mother of three children, one being popular actor and comedian Paul Reubens. Besides, she also appeared in a minor role in the 1988 movie Big Top Pee-wee, however, she never took up acting professionally.

    In this article, we are going to talk some interesting facts about her.


    • Judy was a teacher until she fell in love with Milton Rubenfeld, a pilot. Her marriage to Milton gave her the surname Rubenfeld.
    • The lovely couple co-owned and ran a lighting store. The lighting establishment was called ‘The Lamplighter Shop’ and was located on the Tamiami Trail.
    • It was clear from the way Judy and Milton raised them that they would grow up to be wonderful individuals. Her three children, Paul, Abby, and Luke Rubenfeld, are all successful in their careers.
    • She died on January 28, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by her loved ones. Her cause of death is unclear.

    Judy Rubenfeld Graduated With A Teaching Degree

    Rubenfeld was born to her mother Lillian Millstein and her father Paul Rosen. She was brought up in Poughkeepsie New York. Until her graduation, Judy was in Poughkeepsie with her family.

    Judy Rubenfeld when she was young
    Judy always remained a wholesome woman

    After graduating from Poughkeepsie High School, she moved to Boston to earn her teaching degree. She got her degree from Wheelock College.

    Judy Rubenfeld’s Husband Was A Pilot

    Judy worked as a teacher until she fell in love with a Pilot named Milton Rubenfeld. She got her last name Rubenfeld through her marriage to Milton.

    Furthermore, after giving birth to their first son Paul in Peekskill, New York, the family moved to Oneonta. Their daughter and son were born when they were in Oneonta.

    Judy Rubenfeld and Milton married after he got back from the war
    Judy Rubenfeld’s Husband Milton was one of the top guns

    For the last time, the whole family moved to Sarasota in 1960, before settling down there. They built their home in Sarasota Bay as a test house. It was Japanese in style, the house had a swimming pool in the center and overhead garage doors that opened the house to the outdoors.

    Judy and Milton Owned A Business Together

    The beautiful couple owned and operated a lighting store together. The lighting store was called ‘The Lamplighter Shop’ and was on the Tamiami Trail. Judy was seen working in the store whenever her duty as a mother allowed her to.

    She also used to be a Volunteer School nurse at her children’s elementary school and was active in their extracurricular activities all through high school. She also was seen in her oldest son’s movie Big Top Pee-Wee.

    All Of Judy’s Three Children Are Very Successful

    The way Judy and Milton parented them, it was obvious they would become great people. Her three children Paul, Abby, and Luke all are doing very well in their fields. Paul, Judy’s eldest son, is an actor and comedian known as Pee-wee Herman. Abby is a well-known civil rights lawyer whereas Luke is a successful entrepreneur.

    After each of her children was successful and grown enough to take care of themselves, Judy and Milton once again migrated. This time they moved to a place where they could enjoy themselves. Rubenfeld and Milton moved to the southernmost tip of Turtle Beach of Siesta Key. Now that, she had time to herself, she took solace in walking on the beach and collecting sea shells. Judy loved watching the birds, and playing bridge and was a master at crossword puzzles.

    Her Oldest Son Paul Was A Renowned Actor

    Paul Rubens was an amazing actor and an even more talented comedian. He was mostly known for creating and playing the character of Pee-Wee Herman. Paul since his childhood was a talented boy. As a high school boy at Sarasota High School, he was named president of the National Thespian Society. Paul even produced and wrote a feature film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure which was a critical success.

    Judy Rubenfeld's oldest son Paul Rubenfeld
    Paul was the oldest Rubenfeld child

    Reubens died on July 30, 2023, at the age of 70, following severe hypoxic respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had both myelogenous leukemia and metastatic lung cancer at the time of his death. He had been diagnosed six years prior but had not made his condition public.

    Paul’s Mom Judy Died In 2019

    Judy’s death had saddened everyone she knew. She was a wickedly funny and sarcastic lady. She was also known to be drastically impatient and for having a Doberman named Carlos who would carry her purse. She passed away on January 28, 2019, among all her loved ones in Los Angeles, California. The reason for her death is unknown.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Judy Rosen Rubenfeld
    Popular Name Judy Rubenfeld
    Birth Place Poughkeepsie, New York
    Birthday March 2, 1928
    Death January 27, 2019
    Death Cause Unknown
    Age 90 years
    Zodiac Pisces
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity White
    Father Paul Rosen
    Mother Lillian Millstein
    School Poughkeepsie High School
    College Wheelock College
    Profession Teacher
    Height 5'3
    Eye Color Brown
    Hair Color Brunette
    Sexuality Straight
    Marital Status Married
    Spouse Milton Rubenfeld
    Children 3, Paul Rubenfeld, Abby Rubenfeld, Luke Rubenfeld