American TV, film and stage actress Julianna Margulies received recognition and fame while portraying head nurse Carol Hathaway on the successful NBC drama “ER” (1994-2000). Due to her virtuoso performance, she was handed an Emmy award in 1995 and Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1995 and 1996. Other memorable works include protagonist Morgaine in the TNT movie The Mists of Avalon (2001) and NSA Agent Maya Jackson the miniseries ” The Grid” (2004), for which her fine efforts in both projects garnered Margulies Golden Globe nominations.
“What I love about the script is that it shows many points of view instead of just one.” Julianna Margulies on The Grid
After her success on “ER,” Margulies, who made her debut appearance in the 1991 Out for Justice, established a productive film career with roles in such films as Traveller (1997), Paradise Road (1997), A Price Above Rubies (1998), The Newton Boys (1998), the romantic comedy The Big Day (1999), What’s Cooking (2000), The Man From Elysian Fields (2001), Evelyn (2002), Ghost Ship (2002), Slingshot (2005) and The Darwin Awards (2006).
As a stage actor, Margulies is now sharing the stage with Larry Bryggman, Ali MacGraw, Jeremy Sisto and Michael Hayden in the Broadway play “Festen” (2006). Before “Festen,” she appeared in a number of plays, including the Off Broadway “Ten Unknowns” (2001), Kate Robin’s “Intrigue With Faye,” and “The Vagina Monologues” (2000).
Fans can look forward to seeing Margulies in the forthcoming Beautiful Ohio (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Chlorine (2006) and Where Is the Mango Princess (2006, TV).
On a more personal note, Margulies was once linked to actor Ron Eldard (born on February 20, 1965). The couple met in acting class in 1991 and then began dating soon after the encounter. Unfortunately, the relationship ended in separation in 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to Paul Margulies, an advertising writer, and Francesca, an ex-dancer with the American Ballet Theatre who later pursued a career as a therapist, Julianna Luisa Margulies was born on June 8, 1966, in Spring Valley, New York. In addition to New York, she spent her childhood in such places as Paris, France, and London, England, and lived in New Hampshire while attend boarding school. She continued her studies at Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a B.A degree in Art History. Julianna has two older sisters, Alexandra and Rachel Margulies, both of whom are singers and dancers.
Though Julianna’s parents were Jewish, her mom converted to Roman Catholicism at some point in her life and raised her daughter in the Catholic belief.
Julianna Margulies discovered acting while pursuing her B.A degree at Sarah Lawrence College, where she participated in several plays. While searching for acting jobs in New York, she earned a living by working as a waitress and bartender and, in 1991, after a year waiting tables, the fledgling thespian landed her first film role as a prostitute in Out for Justice, opposite Steven Seagal. Regional theater work with the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Asolo Theatre in Florida, national TV commercials and guest roles in TV shows like “Law & Order” and “Murder, She Wrote” followed. She also had a supporting role in the John David Coles-directed series “Philly Heat” (1994) and was cast in the recurring role of Ned Beatty’s waitress-girlfriend in the NBC police drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” that same year.
However, Margulies did not find fame until she was cast as a series’ regular in the hit NBC medical drama “ER” (1994-2000). Playing head nurse Carol Hathaway, the actress was so great that she won not only a stable spot on the show (her character was supposed to be killed off by a drug overdose in the pilot episode in 1994) but also an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1995. With the other cast members, she also took home Screen Actors Guilds for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series in two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996.
With new found popularity, Margulies picked up a string of film roles. She was seen as a single mother romanced by a grafter (Bill Paxton) in Traveller (1997), costarred with Glenn Close and Frances McDormand in the war-drama Paradise Road (1997) and opposite Renée Zellweger and Christopher Eccleston in A Price Above Rubies (1998), before portraying Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend in The Newton Boys (1998). Margulies then starred as Sara, a bothered bride-to-be facing a string of crises, in the festival-screened romantic comedy The Big Day, opposite Ivan Sergei, and in the following year, she played the lesbian lover of Kyra Sedgwick in the Sundance-premiered What’s Cooking. During that period, the ER star astonished the public with her refusal of a reportedly $27 million salary offer to stay on the series. Instead, she chose to pursue different and more challenging roles.
After her exodus from “ER” in 2000, Margulies appeared regularly on stage, TV and film. She made her return to her theatrical roots in 2000 by taking a role on stage in “The Vagina Monologues,” and “Intrigue With Faye,” as well as the 2001 off Broadway production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Ten Unknowns.” On the small screen, she portrayed the starring role of Morgaine, opposite Anjelica Huston, in TNT’s film The Mists of Avalon and earned a Golden Globe nomination. The same year, the long, dark, curly-haired actress served as a narrator/host in the miniseries “Breast Health: New Hope” and was seen as the title character’s psychiatrist in the made-for-television film Jenifer. As for film, Margulies reappeared on the big screen by teaming up with Mick Jagger and Andy Garcia in the George Hickenlooper drama The Man From Elysian Fields (2001) and then portrayed Pierce Brosnan’s love interest in the inspiring feature drama Evelyn (2002), before being seen as the head of a rescue team, Maureen Epps, in the action thriller Ghost Ship (2002), which also starred Gabriel Byrne and real-life love Ron Eldard. The movie was helmed by Steve Back.
In 2004, Margulies had two TV roles. She first starred opposite Dylan McDermott in the TNT miniseries “The Grid,” playing NSA Agent Maya Jackson. For her fine effort in the show, Margulies was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Mini Series or TV movie. Next up, she joined the cast of NBC’s sitcom “Scrubs” in the recurring role of a malpractice lawyer named Neena Broderick. The subsequent year, she had a supporting role opposite David Arquette and Thora Birch in the drama movie Slingshot (2005).
Margulies recently landed the small role of Carla in writer/director Finn Taylor’s The Darwin Awards (2006), starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder, and will soon play roles in the comedy/drama Beautiful Ohio (2006), opposite William Hurt, Rita Wilson and Michelle Trachtenberg, and the action/thriller Snakes on a Plane (2006) for director David R. Ellis. Additionally, she is now working in the Jay Alaimo-helmed comedy Chlorine (2006) and set to star as Cathy Crimmins in the upcoming TV film Where Is the Mango Princess (2006). On stage, Margulies is currently in the family drama “Festen” at the Music Box Theatre. In the play, she works with Larry Bryggman and Ali MacGraw, as her dysfunctional parents, and Jeremy Sisto and Michael Hayden, as her disturbed siblings.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series for ER, shared with cast, 1996
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series, ER, shared with series cast, 1995
- Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, ER, 1994/95