Songwriter Judy Parker Gaudio has died.
Songwriter Judy Parker Gaudio has died.
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Judy Parker Gaudio, writer of Billboard chart-topping songs and Broadway hits, died on September 14 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, due to respiratory complications. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Michigan, Parker Gaudio attended Michigan State University and then went on to pursue a career in acting and modeling. Throughout the 1960s, she had roles in several films and television shows, including Hank, Batman, and My Three Sons.

In 1973, Parker Gaudio was introduced to ‪Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons. The two dated for eight years and were married on April 5, 1981. In their 45 years together, the pair cowrote several successful songs for ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Some of those were prominently featured in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, including "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" and "Who Loves You."

Parker Gaudio was preceded in death by parents Dorothy and Wilbur Small, sister Janice McKinley, and brother Bill Small. She is survived by her husband Bob Gaudio, with whom she made homes at the San Remo on Central Park West and Montauk, New York, in addition to their primary residence in Nashville.