Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies


6/8/1966, Spring Valley, New York, USA

Birth Name

Julianna Luisa Margulies


  • Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife.
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  • Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife.
  • Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife.
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Julianna was born in Spring Valley, New York (just outside New York City), on June 8, 1966. She is the youngest of three daughters. Her father, Paul, is an advertising writer, and her mother, Francesca, is a former dancer with the American Ballet Theater. They divorced when Julianna…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2014, Julianna won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series playing Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife.

    • In 2011, Julianna won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series playing Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife.

    • From 1995-2000, Julianna was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of nurse Carol Hathaway on ER. She won the award in 1995.

    • Julianna has been nominated for 8 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for her work on ER. In 1996, 1998 and 1999 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She won in both 1998 and 1999. From 1997-2001 she, along with the rest of the main cast, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. ER won the award in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

    • In May 2007, Julianna was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 40.

    • While starring on ER, Julianna appeared in four of NBC's "The More You Know" public service announcements. Her topics were designated drivers, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexually transmitted diseases.

    • According to Reuters, in 1999 Julianna was offered a $27 million contract to remain on ER for two more seasons, but turned it down to pursue roles in features and theater.

    • Julianna is left handed.

    • Julianna dated actor Ron Eldard from 1991 until 2003. He had a recurring role on ER in 1995–95, and his character, Paramedic Ray "Shep" Shepard, dated Julianna's character, Nurse Carol Hathaway.

    • Julianna is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters) tall.

    • Julianna auditioned for the role of Alison Parker on Melrose Place, as did her former ER co-star Sherry Stringfield.

    • Julianna has two older sisters: Alexandra and Rachel. Alexandra is also an actress, and portrayed a flight attendant in Julianna's final ER episode, "Such Sweet Sorrow." Alexandra has also appeared in episodes of Friends, as well as in an episode of The X-Files and an episode of Veronica's Closet.

    • Julianna has received seven Golden Globe Award nominations and garnered one win: four nominations for her performances on ER (in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000), one for her performance on the television mini-series The Mists of Avalon (in 2002), one for her performance on the television mini-series The Grid (in 2005), and a win for best actress in a TV drama series for her work in The Good Wife (in 2010).

    • In 1998, Julianna was voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People."

    • Julianna's character on ER, nurse Carol Hathaway, was originally supposed to be in the pilot episode of the series only, where she was scripted to commit suicide. However, test audiences responded so well to her that the producers asked Julianna to stay on the show, and the script was re-written so that her character's "suicide" became a "suicide attempt." Julianna remained a regular cast member for six seasons.

    • According to Snopes.com, an urban legends reference site, Julianna's father, Paul Margulies, was an advertising executive who helped create the "Plop-plop, fizz-fizz, oh what a relief it is" campaign for Alka-Seltzer.

  • Quotes

    • Julianna Margulies: (on her CBS TV series The Good Wife moving from Tuesdays at 10pm to Sundays at 9pm) I'm thrilled. At first I was taken aback because you always think a move is a bad sign. And then I started thinking about it -- this was all in the span of like five minutes -- and I was like wait, that was The Sopranos spot. That's like my favorite time to watch television... Hold on a minute, this opens a whole door to the kinds of people that we want to attract to our show: a younger audience and an older audience, because a younger audience, young people can stay up at nine, and old people can stay up at nine... what it also does is, you can't really categorize our show. We're not a procedural, we're not a serial, we're a legal, political, human show, and any given week can be something else, and I think it allows us not to be pigeonholed. (www.huffingtonpost.com, 05/23/11)

    • Julianna Margulies: (on her character Alicia Florrick in the TV series The Good Wife) The thing I love about Alicia is that she isn't someone who has a knee-jerk reaction... Even in the moment where she wants to be swept up, she's thinking logically... There's something old-fashioned about her. I really do feel like she went from a Leave It to Beaver... [and] is realizing that you can't always be good. (thedailybeast.com; November 15, 2010)

    • Julianna Margulies: (on her character Alicia Florrick in the TV series The Good Wife) It's such a challenge to play her because my reactions are very different than hers... I never feel completely comfortable in her shoes (thedailybeast.com; November 15, 2010)

    • Julianna Margulies: (about September 11, 2001) I needed to do whatever I could. And I did go down there and help. I cooked for the guys. I visited sick people. I felt, I'm from New York and it's my community and it's what I know and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. (FrontPageMagazine.com; July 20, 2004)

    • Julianna Margulies: I've never been one to do anything for the money. If a movie isn't something I want, I will turn it down. I follow my heart, and it always leads me to who I want to be. (CityBeat; Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2000)

    • Julianna Margulies: I don't want to crash and burn before I've gotten to where I want to go. I want to enjoy the ride. (Entertainment Weekly; June 7, 1996)

  • Good actress.

    Loved in "ER". Alittle overated.
  • Beautiful actress that we don't see often enough.

    Carol was my favorite character from ER thanks to Julianna Margulies. She is a wonderful actress and I was very disappointed that she left the show but she had to spread her wings. She played the dramatic roles exceptionally well and the comic parts brought out her wonderful smile.

    She has a smile that lights up the room.

    I found out that the character of Carol was only to be in the piolt episode. I am so glad they decided to keep her because it gave everyone a chance to see just what a great actor Julianna is.

    I have not seen too many movies with her in them but Paradise Road was brilliant and she played a fantastic role in it.moreless