Julianna Margulies

Julianna Luisa Margulies /liˈɑːnə mɑːrɡəˈls/ (born June 8, 1966) is an American actress and producer.

After several small television roles, Margulies achieved both critical and commercial success in her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. After her departure from ER in 2000, Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced Neera in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur. In 2009, she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal drama The Good Wife on CBS, for which she has won a Golden Globe, a Television Critics Association Award, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in both 2011 and 2014.

Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, which has made her the most awarded woman within SAG.

In 2015, Time featured her as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World". She was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Early life

    Margulies, the youngest of three daughters. was born in Spring Valley, New York. Her mother, Francesca (née Gardner), was a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher, and her father, Paul Margulies, was a writer, philosopher, and well-known Madison Avenue advertising executive. Her parents were Jewish, descended from immigrants from Austria, Hungary, and Romania. Margulies' mother converted to Christianity during Margulies's childhood; Margulies herself still identifies as Jewish. The Margulies family lived in Israel for a period of time before Julianna's birth, then moved back to the Upper West Side of New York City.

    Margulies attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School and high school at High Mowing School. As a child, she lived in New York, France, and England. Margulies obtained a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared in several campus plays.

    Career

    Margulies made her feature film debut as a prostitute looking to go straight in Steven Seagal's film Out for Justice. In 1994, Margulies was cast in the pilot episode of the NBC medical drama ER as Carol Hathaway, an emergency care nurse who, despondent over her relationship with pediatrician Doug Ross (George Clooney), attempted suicide. Her character was originally intended to die; however, the producers changed the plot and she remained on the show for six seasons until 2000. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama in 1994, and was nominated for this award every year during her tenure. She was the only series regular cast member to win an Emmy Award.

    After leaving the series, Margulies worked on stage and screen. On stage, she appeared in a MCC Theater production of Kate Robin's Intrigue With Faye, a Lincoln Center production of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, and The Vagina Monologues. Her film work after ER included Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship with Gabriel Byrne and Ron Eldard. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the 2001 TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon and participated in the 2002 documentary film Searching for Debra Winger. In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in season 4 of the hit TV show Scrubs as Neena Broderick, an unscrupulous lawyer who sues Turk and has a brief sexual relationship with J.D. She starred in another miniseries on TNT, The Grid, in 2004. In April 2006, she appeared in four episodes of the sixth season of The Sopranos, portraying realtor Julianna Skiff. In August 2006, she appeared in Snakes on a Plane as flight attendant Claire Miller. In December 2006, she played Jennifer Bloom in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.

    Margulies at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

    In an August 2006 interview with tvguide.com, Margulies said that she was close to accepting an offer to return to ER for a four-episode arc with Noah Wyle that filmed in Hawaii during the 2005/06 season. However, she decided against it at the last minute. Margulies was again invited to return during ER's final season, but the actress initially turned down the offer, saying that she felt like she left Carol Hathaway in the perfect place and could not imagine bettering her departure episode. Later, however, Margulies did return to ER for one episode during its 15th and final season.

    She had a minor role in 2007's The Darwin Awards. In 2008, Margulies starred in the legal series Canterbury's Law, a Fox mid-season replacement show. She played the title character, Elizabeth Canterbury, a lawyer described as "a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients." She was also credited as a producer of the show. The series was severely impacted by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and cancelled by the network after only six episodes.

    In 2009, Margulies began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. She plays Alicia Florrick, an attorney returning to legal practice after her husband Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth) resigned as Illinois State's Attorney amidst a sex and corruption scandal.

    Since 2011, starting with the third season, Margulies has been credited as a producer of The Good Wife. In 2013, the actress did the voice-over for a Chase "Blue Sapphire" Credit Card commercial. In 2014, Margulies narrated "Women in Business", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.

    Personal life

    Margulies and Lieberthal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008

    Margulies and actor Ron Eldard, whom she met in an acting class in 1991, dated for twelve years before splitting in 2003. Margulies and attorney Keith Lieberthal, the son of academic Kenneth Lieberthal, were married on November 10, 2007 in Lenox, Massachusetts. They have one child, a son named Kieran, and reside in Manhattan, New York City.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    1991 Out for Justice Rica
    1997 Traveller Jean
    1997 Paradise Road Topsy Merritt
    1998 Newton Boys, TheThe Newton Boys Louise Brown
    1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Rachel
    2000 What's Cooking? Carla
    2000 Dinosaur Neera Voice
    2002 Man from Elysian Fields, TheThe Man from Elysian Fields Dena
    2002 Evelyn Bernadette Beattie
    2002 Ghost Ship Maureen Epps
    2005 Slingshot Karen
    2006 The Darwin Awards Carla
    2006 Armenian Genocide, TheThe Armenian Genocide Narrator
    2006 Snakes on a Plane Claire Miller
    2006 Beautiful Ohio Mrs. Cubano
    2009 City Island Joyce Rizzo
    2011 No Job for a Woman Narrator
    2013 Stand Up Guys Nina Hirsch

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1993 Murder, She Wrote Rachel Novaro Episode: "Murder at Discount"
    1993 Law & Order Lt. Ruth Mendoza Episode: "Conduct Unbecoming"
    1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Linda 2 episodes
    1994–2000, 2009 ER Nurse Carol Hathaway Main role, 132 episodes
    1995 The Larry Sanders Show Herself Episode: "Larry's on Vacation"
    1998 Ellen Ellen Screen Test #5 Episode: "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1"
    2001 Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of Avalon Morgaine TV miniseries, 8 episodes
    2001 Jenifer Jenifer's Psychiatrist TV movie
    2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes
    2004 Scrubs Neena Broderick 2 episodes
    2004 The Grid Maren Jackson Lead role, 2 episodes
    2006 The Lost Room Jennifer Bloom TV miniseries, 3 episodes
    2006–07 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Julianna Skiff 4 episodes
    2008 Canterbury's Law Elizabeth Canterbury Lead role, 6 episodes
    2009–present Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Alicia Florrick Lead role, 136 episodes
    2010 Sesame Street Dr. Berger Episode: "Big Bird Sprains His Wing"
    2014 Makers: Women Who Make America Narrator Episode: "Women in Business"

    Awards and nominations

    Margulies at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
    Year Association Category Nominated work Result
    1995 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ER Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Won
    1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    1997 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Won
    1998 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
    1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
    2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Mists of Avalon Nominated
    2005 Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Grid Nominated
    2009 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Good Wife Nominated
    2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Won
    2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
    2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
    2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

    See also

    • List of actors who won the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, SAG, and TCA Award for a single performance in television

    References

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