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Julianna Margulies has starred on two hit television dramas, The Good Wife and ER, as well as in miniseries, movies and theater productions.
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Emmy Award- and Golden Globe–winning actress Julianna Margulies has created powerful female characters throughout her TV career. Margulies, born June 8, 1966, in Spring Valley, New York, is most recognized for getting to romance George Clooney in her role as nurse Carol Hathaway on ER and for playing Alicia Florrick, the wife of an adulterous politician, on the popular drama The Good Wife.
"It's a rare attempt by American TV to focus on the life of a middle-aged woman who isn't a cougar or a cartoonish desperate homemaker."
[On 'The Good Wife.']
Julianna Luisa Margulies was born to parents Paul and Francesca Margulies on June 8, 1966, in Spring Valley, New York. Her mother was a former dance instructor and a physical therapist. Her father was famous in his own right for composing the jingle for Alka-Seltzer with the lyrics, "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is." Margulies's family relocated to Paris, France, when she was 2 years old, and to England when she was 4. At the age of 14, she was off to High Mowing School, a boarding school in New Hampshire. After graduating, Margulies studied art history at Sarah Lawrence College, but participating in the school's theater productions altered her ambitions. The college grad headed to New York to pursue acting while paying the bills as a waitress, coat check girl and bartender.
The aspiring starlet nabbed bit parts on TV series like Law and Order, Murder She Wrote and Homicide: Life on the Street. In 1991, Margulies made her silver-screen debut as a prostitute in the Steven Seagal movie Out for Justice. But it would be another three years before she achieved stardom after being cast as nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's medical drama ER. Her character was supposed to die of a suicidal overdose in the pilot, but Margulies found herself on the show for six seasons instead, thanks to her acting talents. Not only did Margulies get to romance George Clooney's character onscreen for years, but she also nabbed an Emmy Award.
After ER, her showbiz career was a little on the quiet side, but a few standout roles included parts on the last season of The Sopranos and in the miniseries The Grid, which earned her a Golden Globe nod. There were more feature films too, including Margulies's portrayal of a flight attendant in the much-hyped Snakes on a Plane in 2006. Margulies returned to a lead TV role as a defense attorney on Canterbury's Law in 2008. The show lasted only one season, but it may have opened the door for her being cast as a lawyer on The Good Wife, which premiered a year later. Margulies portrays a mom whose politician husband (Chris Noth) gets caught in an adulterous scandal with a prostitute; she then joins a law firm run by an old flame. Margulies won SAG and Golden Globe awards for her performance, as well as another Emmy in 2011.
While Margulies was sure acting was for her, she wasn't as sure about marriage. But meeting Keith Lieberthal, six years her junior, at a dinner party convinced her otherwise. The two married in 2007 while the actress was seven months pregnant. Their son, Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal, was born on January 17, 2008. Margulies, who is always super direct in interviews, loves to discuss her happy family life. "I married a rock, who understands what I do without any resentment," she told Good Housekeeping. "And I've got a joyful, easy kid."
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