Julia caught the acting bug at age 13, and quickly became a star in her hometown.
She earned her Actor's Equity card while working in the play Scapino at Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre.
She attended Purdue University and starred in the plays Our Town, A Streetcar Named Desire while there.
In September 1996, she sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium for the first time.
Since 2001, she has been the spokesperson for Fund for Animals, a national organization founded in 1967 by the late Cleveland Armory. It's focus is on animal rights.
She married her husband, Richard Hirschlag, during her 18 month hiatus from All My Children on February 14, 1982.
In 1998, she won her second Daytime Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Brooke English on All My Children.
Her first role ever was in 1969, playing the role of "Anybodys" in West Side Story at the Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Warsaw, Indiana.
She began her run as Brooke English on All My Children in June 1976.
In 2002, she recorded a holiday CD entitled From Our House... To Yours with all the proceeds going to The Fund for Animals.
Her daughter, Allison Hirschlag is also an actress. She worked starred on Guiding Light in 2002.
She starred in a national touring production of The West Side Waltz with Katherine Hepburn and Dorothy Loudon.