Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

Highest Rated: 82% City Island (2009)

Lowest Rated: 15% Ghost Ship (2002)

Birthday: Jun 8, 1966

Birthplace: Spring Valley, New York, USA

Julianna Margulies won multiple Emmy awards and a legion of fans for her portrayal of two strong, complex women on television series: head nurse Carol Hathaway on "ER" (NBC 1994-2009) and lawyer Alicia Florrick on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016). Born Julianna Luisa Margulies on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley, New York, she was one of three daughters by advertising executive Paul Margulies and his wife, ballet instructor Francesca Goldberg. She spent much of her childhood abroad, living in England, France and Israel before settling in New York City; she attended High Mowing School in New Hampshire before studying art history at Sarah Lawrence College. While there, she appeared in several school productions, and decided to make acting her chosen profession after graduation. Her screen debut came opposite action star Steven Seagal in John Flynn's 1991 action-crime thriller "Out for Justice," and was soon followed by guest roles on NBC series like "Law & Order" (1990-2010) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993-96). In 1994, she booked what was intended as a one-time appearance on "ER," playing Carol Hathaway, an emergency room nurse who attempted suicide over her failed relationship with a pediatrician, played by series regular George Clooney. But positive response to her performance by focus groups prompted the show's producers to make Hathaway one of the show's main characters. She soon blossomed into one of the show's moral anchors as well as one of its most complicated: Hathaway endured several failed relationships, survived a hostage situation, overcame professional setbacks and eventually raised two twin daughters on her own before Clooney's Doug Ross, repentant after a decade of hard living, reunited with her in the show's final season. Marguiles' performance earned six Emmy nominations, including a win in 1995, and four Golden Globe nominations, and led to supporting roles in several independent features, including Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road" (1997) and Richard Linklater's "The Newton Boys" (1998). A desire for more substantive work in films and on stage led to her departure from "ER" in 2000, but after winning a Emmy nomination as the sorceress Morgan Le Fay in Uli Edel's TV miniseries take on "The Mists of Avalon" (TNT, 2001), Marguiles' film efforts were largely relegated to underperforming features like "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001) and "Ghost Ship" (2004). By 2006, she had returned to television, where she enjoyed a four-episode run as a drug-addicted real estate agent on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1997-2007) and starred in the legal drama "Canterbury's Law" (Fox, 2008). The series lasted just six episodes, but she rebounded in 2009 with "The Good Wife," a legal drama about the wife of a Chicago politician who takes a job at a law firm after her husband is caught in a scandal. Her performance as Alicia Florrick - whose character arced from wounded spouse to strong independent woman and finally, a political aspirant whose ambitions are undone by her own scandal - again resonated with viewers and critics alike, and earned her two Emmys, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe before the series came to a close in 2016. Margulies again made appearances in a handful of independent films before returning to series work, first as a vindictive fashionista in the short-lived AMC series "Dietland" (2018) and later, as a doctor battling a possible Ebola outbreak in the National Geographic miniseries "The Hot Zone."

Highest rated movies

City Island
Traveller
Snakes on a Plane
The Newton Boys
Evelyn
A Price Above Rubies
The Man From Elysian Fields
What's Cooking?

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undeniable: The Truth to Remember Host - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hate We Can't Forget: A Holocaust Memorial Special Host - 2022
43% 62% Three Christs Ruth (Character) $37.3K 2017
43% 81% The Upside Lily (Character) $108.2M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Above the Drowning Sea Narrator - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Gold Narrator - 2016
36% 46% Stand Up Guys Nina Hirsch (Character) $3.3M 2012
82% 79% City Island Joyce Rizzo (Character) $6.7M 2009
No Score Yet 27% Beautiful Ohio Mrs. Cubano (Character) - 2006
69% 49% Snakes on a Plane Claire Miller (Character) $34.0M 2006
No Score Yet 12% Slingshot Karen (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 100% The Grid Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Autism Is a World Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 73% Hitler: The Rise of Evil Unknown (Character) - 2003
64% 77% Evelyn Bernadette Beattie (Character) $1.4M 2002
15% 37% Ghost Ship Maureen Epps (Character) $30.1M 2002
No Score Yet 40% Jenifer Jenifer's Psychiatrist (Character) - 2001
52% 54% The Man From Elysian Fields Dena Tiller (Character) $1.4M 2001
50% 75% The Mists of Avalon Unknown (Character) - 2001
52% 65% What's Cooking? Carla (Character) $1.0M 2000
64% 48% Dinosaur Neera (Voice) $137.7M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Neera (Voice) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Met on the Vineyard Sara (Character) - 1999
57% 53% A Price Above Rubies Rachel (Character) $1.1M 1998
65% 43% The Newton Boys Louise Brown (Character) $10.3M 1998
43% 78% Paradise Road Topsy Merritt (Character) $1.9M 1997
79% 52% Traveller Jean (Character) $500.6K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet ER Nurse Carol Hathaway (Character) - 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grid Unknown (Character) 2004 2022
64% 79% The Morning Show Laura Peterson (Character) 2021
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015-2016 2019 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014 2018 2021
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011-2012 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Soul Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Masters Narrator 2020
57% 72% The Hot Zone Dr. Nancy Jaax (Character) 2019
81% 71% Dietland Kitty Montgomery (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 28% Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler Guest 2018
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2015 2018
No Score Yet 72% Nightcap Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Alicia Florrick (Character) 2009-2016
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2016
No Score Yet 100% Funny or Die's Billy on the Street Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013 2015
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009-2013
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 84% ER Head Nurse Carol Hathaway (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1994-2000 2009
58% No Score Yet Canterbury's Law Elizabeth Canterbury (Character) 2008
92% 96% The Sopranos Julianna Skiff (Guest Star) 2006-2007
77% 88% The Lost Room Jennifer Bloom (Character) 2006
83% 86% Scrubs Neena (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mists of Avalon Morgaine (Character) 2001
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2000
91% 100% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1993