Marilyn Milian was born in Manhattan on May 1, 1961. Her parents, Jorge and Georgina, were immigrants from Cuba. Jorge was a laborer and general contractor and Georgina was a stay-at-home mom. By 1963 they had put together enough money to move out to Queens and rent a new, semiattached, legal three-family brick house at 32-25 41 St. in Astoria.
These were Marilyn’s formative years, when she acquired her Queens accent which she still retains to this day.
In 1969, her parents decided to move to Miami, Fla., with its large tight-knit growing Cuban population. Milian graduated from Saint Brendan’s School and went on to the University of Miami, earning a degree in psychology. She later went on to Georgetown University Law Center where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree.
She held many positions in the Miami County Court but her big break came in 2001 when she replaced Jerry Sheindlin on “The People’s Court,” becoming the first Hispanic judge on any English-language television show.
Milian married John Charles Schlesinger, a U.S. attorney, in 1993 and they now have three daughters. She is still going strong presiding over the “The People’s Court,” settling cases and serving up justice. Public records show her childhood home is now owned by Redzep Vukelj.