Julianna Margulies biography

Julianna Margulies

Date of Birth: June 8, 1966

Born in Spring Valley, New York, Julianna Margulies studied at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she gravitated towards the drama department in order to escape the elitist attitudes of her classmates. After graduation, Margulies moved to Florida where she appeared in local theater productions when she wasn't tending bar. She appeared for a short time on the television series Law and Order before making a somewhat meager film debut in Out for Justice, a Steven Seagal feature in which she played a reformed prostitute. "It's the only thing a woman can be in a Steven Seagal movie," she says.

Margulies is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Carol Hathaway in the smash hit television series E.R. In the pilot episode, Hathaway was scheduled to die from an overdose after being left at the altar, but Margulies tested so well with television audiences that the character was revived in the E.R. After the first season, Margulies was the only E.R. cast member to receive—and win—an Emmy nomination. Good thing she wasn't D.O.A.

Since then she has received five more Emmy nominations for the series, as well as seven Golden Globe nominations (four for E.R., one for the TV movie The Mists of Avalon in 2002 and one for the mini-series The Grid in 2005). In 2010, she won for her continuing role in the drama series The Good Wife.

She made the leap to feature film stardom with a lead role in the major motion picture Ghost Ship, followed by a supporting role in Snakes on a Plane (2006) starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Julianna Margulies Filmography


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