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Julianna Margulies

Highest Rated:   81% City Island (2010)
Lowest Rated:   14% Ghost Ship (2002)
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Birthplace:   Spring Valley, New York, USA
Raven-haired Julianna Margulies may have become an award-winning TV star on NBC's phenomenally successful ER in the 1990s, but she was ready to exit the series to pursue movies and theater full time by decade's end. Born in Spring Valley, NY, Margulies spent part of her childhood living abroad before settling back in her hometown for a bohemian life with her free-spirit mother. Though she earned a B.A. in art history from Sarah Lawrence College, Margulies performed in college plays and decided to pursue an acting career. Margulies landed her first movie role in 1991, playing a prostitute in the Steven Seagal flick Out for Justice. With no more movie roles forthcoming, Margulies made a living with theater work and TV guest star stints on Law and Order and Homicide in the early '90s. Margulies subsequently landed a role in the pilot for Michael Crichton's new hospital drama ER in 1994, but her character was slated for death after that single episode. Due to a positive audience response, however, Margulies' compassionate Nurse Hathaway survived the pilot. During her six seasons on the most popular TV drama of the 1990s, Margulies won the Emmy and the SAG Award and became a perennial nominee. Buoyed by her TV fame, Margulies returned to films during her hiatuses, starring as the would-be victim of Bill Paxton's Irish con in Traveler (1996), a POW alongside Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett in the ensemble drama Paradise Road (1997), and as Matthew McConaughey's girlfriend in Richard Linklater's Western-esque bank robber saga The Newton Boys (1998). Continuing to avoid glossy big budget Hollywood fare in favor of a more independent sensibility, Margulies also appeared in Boaz Yakin's A Price Above Rubies (1998) and Gurinder Chadha's multiethnic Thanksgiving tale What's Cooking? (2000). Margulies finally took on a blockbuster of sorts when she voiced one of the pre-historic reptiles in the animated Dinosaur (2000). Despite an offer that would have made her one of the highest paid actresses on TV, Margulies announced in 2000 that six years of ER was enough. While Hathaway departed to a future with George Clooney's Dr. Ross, Margulies moved back to New York to hit the off-Broadway stage with Donald Sutherland in Ten Unknowns (2001). Margulies returned to the small-screen for the female-centric version of the King Arthur legend The Mists of Avalon, before appearing in The Man from Elysian Fields, and opposite Pierce Brosnan in the drama Evelyn. After an appearance in the horror film Ghost Ship, Margulies would not appear in another widely released motion picture until she landed one of the main parts in the 2006 summer phenomenon known simply as Snakes on a Plane. Three years later, the veteran actress was back on the small screen as the lead in The Good Wife -- a popular CBS series about a former litigator who returns to work following a public scandal involving her state attorney husband. Though her performance in the series earned Margulies a Best Lead Actress Emmy in 2010, the award that year went to Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer instead. But fans of the actress had good reason to hold out hope that she'd be a strong contender the next year as well, and indeed when the 2001 Emmy winners were announced Margulies emerged the victor.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Three Christs
  • Actor
2017
37% Stand Up Guys
  • Nina Hirsch
$3.4M 2013
No Score Yet No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII
  • Actor
2012
81% City Island
  • Joyce Rizzo
$6.7M 2010
69% Snakes on a Plane
  • Claire Miller
$33.9M 2006
25% The Darwin Awards
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Beautiful Ohio
  • Mrs. Cubano
2006
No Score Yet Slingshot
  • Karen
2005
No Score Yet The Grid
  • Maren Jackson
2004
No Score Yet Hitler: The Rise of Evil
  • Helene Hanfstaengl
2003
64% Evelyn
  • Bernadette Beattie
$1.4M 2002
14% Ghost Ship
  • Epps
$30.1M 2002
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Jenifer (The Jenifer Estess Story)
  • Jenifer's Psychiatrist
2001
51% The Man from Elysian Fields
  • Dena Tiller
$1.3M 2001
No Score Yet The Big Day
  • Sara Kendrick
2001
43% The Mists of Avalon
  • Morgaine
2001
65% Dinosaur
  • Neera
$135.7M 2000
52% What's Cooking?
  • Carla
$0.7M 2000
62% The Newton Boys
  • Louise Brown
1998
57% A Price Above Rubies
  • Rachel
1998
79% Traveller
  • Jean
1997
48% Paradise Road
  • Topsy Merritt
1997
19% Out for Justice
  • Rica
1991
No Score Yet ER
  • Carol Hathaway
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Alicia Florrick
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Carol Hathaway Nurse Carol Hathaway
  • 2009
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Julianna Skiff
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Lost Room
2006
  • Jennifer Bloom
  • 2006
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Neena Neena Broderick
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lt. Ruth Mendoza
  • 1993

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