Date of Birth: 3 December 1960
Although Julianne Moore was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she didn't stay there for long. Her father was a military judge which meant moving a lot. She spent most of her early years in over two dozen locations around the world, where she made a large quantity of friends.
She finally found her place at Boston University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in acting from the School of the Performing Arts. After graduation she moved to Manhatten, where she started her acting career on stage in such off-Broadway plays as Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge.
Moore appeared briefly on television shows such as The Edge of Night and the soap, As the World Turns, where she played two half sisters. Her performance in the soap earned her an Outstanding Ingenue Emmy Award in 1988.
Moore's first minor coup on the small screen came in the form of a supporting role in the mini-series Judith Krantz's I'll Take Manhattan. A subsequent string of forgotten TV moviesMoney, Power, Murder; The Last To Go, Cast a Deadly Spell and Lovecraftdid little to boost her career.
Moore's feature debut in Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990) also failed to raise her to prominence. It wasn't until the 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, that things started looking up. The following year she was able to build a presence in Hollywood with her performances in The Fugitive, Body of Evidence and Benny & Joon.
Moore's acting career was slowly rising and her many roles in off-beat independent films were keeping her from wide-spread audience recognition. In 1997 that all changed. She was given the role of a paleontologist in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Starring in a Spielberg movie was potentially one of her greatest opportunities to rise to superstardom. Since then, she has had starring roles in major motion pictures such as Magnolia (1999), Hannibal (2001) and The Hours (2002). She has received four Oscar nominations, including two in 2003 for her performances in Far From Heaven and The Hours. In 2009 she received several nominations, including one from the Golden Globes, for her work in A Single Man (2009). She received another Golden Globe nomination, as well as a BAFTA nomination for her role as a lesbian in The Kids Are All Right (2010). In 2011, she appeared in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love playing a frustrated wife trying to deal with recently leaving her husband. She also stars in the drama Being Flynn (2012) and has a string of new movies slated for release in 2012 and 2013.
In 1986, Moore married fellow actor John Gould Rubin. The union lasted nine years. In 2003 she married third husband, director Bart Freundlich, with whom she has two children.