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Julianna Margulies

at the 2009 premiere of City Island
Born Julianna Luisa Margulies
June 8, 1966 (1966-06-08) (age 43)
Spring Valley, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Keith Lieberthal (2007–present)

Julianna Luisa Margulies (born June 8, 1966) is an American actress.

After several small television roles, Margulies achieved success in her continuing role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on the NBC medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. After her departure from ER in 2000, Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced the female iguanadon Neera in the animated film Dinosaur (2000). She currently stars in the American legal drama The Good Wife on CBS, for which she has won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


Early life

Margulies, the youngest of three daughters, was born in Spring Valley, New York, the daughter of Francesca, a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher, and Paul Margulies, a writer who wrote the Alka-Seltzer catch phrase "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, oh what a relief it is".[1][2] Margulies attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School[3] and high school at High Mowing School.[2] As a child, she lived in New York, France and England. Margulies's parents were Jewish, descended from immigrants from Austria, Hungary and Romania.[4][5]

Margulies obtained a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared on campus in several plays.


Her first movie role was as a prostitute looking to go straight in the Steven Seagal film Out for Justice. In 1994, Margulies was cast in a role in the pilot episode of ER as a character who, despondent over her relationship with George Clooney's character, Doug Ross, attempted suicide. Her character was originally intended to die; however, the producers changed the plot and she went on to play the role of Nurse Carol Hathaway for six years. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama in 1994, and was nominated for this award every year during her tenure.

Margulies, Andy García, and Garcia's daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido, at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Margulies in September 2006

Since her departure, Margulies has worked on stage and screen. On stage she has appeared in a MCC Theater production of Kate Robin's Intrigue With Faye, a Lincoln Center production of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, and The Vagina Monologues. Her film work since ER includes Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship with Gabriel Byrne and Ron Eldard. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the 2001 TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon and participated in the 2002 documentary film Searching for Debra Winger. In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in season 4 of the hit TV show Scrubs as Neena Broderick, an unscrupulous lawyer who sues Turk and has a brief sexual relationship with J.D. She starred in another miniseries on TNT, The Grid in 2004. In April 2006 she appeared in four episodes of the sixth season of The Sopranos, portraying realtor Julianna Skiff. In August 2006, she appeared in Snakes on a Plane, as flight attendant Claire Miller. In December 2006 she played Jennifer Bloom in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.

In an August 2006 interview with, Margulies said that she was close to accepting an offer to return to ER for a four-episode arc with Noah Wyle that filmed in Hawaii during the 2005-2006 season. However, she decided against it at the last minute. The interview went on to say that she appreciates the fact that the ER producers ask her back each and every year, she "love(s) that they do". Margulies was again invited to return during ER's final season, but the actress turned down the offer, saying that she felt like she left Carol Hathaway in the perfect place and couldn't imagine bettering her departure episode.[6] However, in 2009, Margulies returned to ER for one episode during its 15th and final season.[7]

She had a minor role in 2007's The Darwin Awards. One of her more recent series, Canterbury's Law, premiered on Fox on March 10, 2008. She played the title character, Elizabeth Canterbury, a lawyer described as "a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients."[8] The series was impacted by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and was cancelled after 6 episodes.

Margulies currently stars as Alicia Florrick in the CBS series The Good Wife. She plays an attorney returning to legal practice after her husband (played by Chris Noth) resigns as Chicago State's Attorney amidst a sex and corruption scandal.[9] On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season from 13 to 22 episodes.[10] In 2009, she received a NYWIFT Muse Award celebrating the achievements of women who work in film and television.[11] On January 17, 2010, Margulies won a Golden Globe award for her role in "The Good Wife." On January 23, Margulies won her record seventh Screen Actors Guild award for the role.

Personal life

Margulies and Lieberthal at the Metropolitan Opera opera in 2008

Margulies and Keith Lieberthal were married on November 10, 2007, in Lenox, Massachusetts. [12] Their son Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal was born on January 17, 2008.[13]


Year Film Role
2009 City Island Joyce Rizzo
2006 Beautiful Ohio Mrs. Cubano
Snakes on a Plane Claire Miller
2005 Slingshot Karen
2002 Ghost Ship Maureen Epps
Love Gets You Twisted Narrator
Evelyn Bernadette Beattie
The Man from Elysian Fields Dena
2001 The Big Day Sara
2000 Dinosaur Neera
What's Cooking? Carla
1998 A Price Above Rubies Rachel
The Newton Boys Louise Brown
1997 Paradise Road Topsy Merritt
Traveller Jean
1993 Out for Justice Rica
Year Show Role Notes
1994–2000, 2009 ER Carol Hathaway Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series (1995)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1998, 1999)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series (1996–2000)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1996)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 2000, 2001)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1997, 1998)
2009–present The Good Wife Alicia Florrick Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2010)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2010)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2010)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2009)
2008 Canterbury's Law Elizabeth Canterbury Also producer
2006-2007 The Sopranos Julianna Skiff 4 Episodes
2007 American Masters Narrator
2006 The Lost Room Jennifer Bloom TV Miniseries
2004 Scrubs Neena Broderick 2 Episodes
The Grid Maren Jackson TV Miniseries
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Helene Hanfstaengl TV Movie
2001 Jenifer Jenifer's Psychiatrist
Breast Health: New Hope Narrator/Host TV Miniseries
The Mists of Avalon Morgaine TV Miniseries
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Linda 2 Episodes
Philly Heat Anabella Larigo
1993 Murder, She Wrote Rachel Novaro 1 Episode
Law & Order Lt. Ruth Mendoza 1 Episode


  1. ^ Julianna Margulies Biography (1968?-)
  2. ^ a b Julianna Margulies Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Julianna Margulies at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Pinsker, Beth (1998-04-04). "Director Yakin mines `Rubies' at a price Jewish neighborhooddoesn't find film kosher". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-01-25. : ""I think I'm the only Jew, even though I'm not really religious," says Julianna Margulies, who plays the sister-in-law who leads the charge..."
  5. ^ Vincent, Mal (1998-04-05). "Margulies nursing film career `The Newton Boys' gives `ER' star a meaty big-screen role". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-09-21. : "Actually, she's Eastern-European Jewish - Austrian, Hungarian and Romanian..."
  6. ^ "BBC Entertainment". 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  7. ^ "ER Bringing Back Clooney with Margulies before Checking Out". 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  8. ^ IMDb "Canterbury's Law" (2008). Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  9. ^ Ken Tucker (2009-09-15). "TV Review: The Good Wife". Entertainment Weekly.,,20304585,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  10. ^ James Hibberd (2009-10-07). "CBS picks up 'NCIS: LA,' 'Good Wife'". The Hollywood Reporter: The Live Feed. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  11. ^ "29th ANNUAL MUSE AWARDS". 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2009-12-0. 
  12. ^ Julianna Margulies Quietly Gets Married - Weddings, Julianna Margulies :
  13. ^ Julianna Margulies & Her Husband Welcome a Son - Babies, Julianna Margulies :

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