Julianna Margulies

Biography: 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 was still a child.

Shortly after she was born, Margulies and her family lived in Paris for two years before relocating to England. When she was five they returned to Spring Valley, where Julianna attended Green Meadow School. Five years later they moved back to England. At age 14, Margulies began high school in New Hampshire. She later attended Sarah Lawrence College. She majored in art history, spent her junior year abroad in Florence, Italy, and appeared in several plays before graduating with a B.A. in liberal arts.

While looking for acting jobs in New York, Margulies waited tables for a year until winning a role as a prostitute looking to go straight in Out for Justice. Eventually, she
supported herself by appearing in regional theater productions, at the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Asolo Theatre in Florida, as well as in national TV commercials. She guest-starred in a 1993 episode of NBC's Law & Order and then filmed Philly Heat, a pilot from Tom Fontana. Fontana later cast her in small recurring role as a waitress and violinist in his NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street. In 1994 she landed the role of nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's medical drama ER. She left the series after six seasons.

Many roles have followed, including critically acclaimed performances in The Mists of Avalon (2001) and The Grid (2004), both made-for-TV productions, and a memorable recurring role as Julianna Skiff during the 2006 season of the HBO series The Sopranos. On the big screen she has opted for more obscure roles in many independent films, though in 2006 she portrayed flight attendant Claire Miller opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the much-hyped Snakes on a Plane.
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Julianna Margulies' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 66 City Island
Lowest Metascore: 28 Ghost Ship
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
10 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
41 Stand Up Guys Dec 14, 2012 Cast / Nina Hirsch 6.2
66 City Island Mar 19, 2010 Joyce Rizzo 8.3
58 Snakes on a Plane Aug 18, 2006 Claire Miller 7.6
55 Evelyn Dec 13, 2002 Bernadette Beattie 6.6
28 Ghost Ship Oct 25, 2002 Maureen Epps 6.2
57 The Man from Elysian Fields Sep 27, 2002 Dena 8.0
56 Dinosaur May 19, 2000 Neera 7.7
57 The Newton Boys Mar 27, 1998 Louise Brown 6.5
57 Traveller Apr 18, 1997 Jean 7.0
48 Paradise Road Apr 11, 1997 Topsy Merritt 6.9

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