Margulies at the 2015 PaleyFest
|Born||June 8, 1966|
Spring Valley, New York, U.S.
|Education||Sarah Lawrence College|
Julianna Margulies (; born June 8, 1966) is an American actress and producer. After several small television roles, Margulies achieved wide recognition for her starring role as Carol Hathaway on NBC's long-running medical drama series ER (1994-2009), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award. She also voiced Neera in Dinosaur (2000) and appeared in the miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001).
In 2009, she took on the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife (2009-2016). Her performance garnered acclaim, winning two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe Award, and a Television Critics Association Award.
Her films include Evelyn (2002), Ghost Ship (2002), Snakes on a Plane (2006), City Island (2009), Stand Up Guys (2012), and The Upside (2017). Margulies also had starring roles in the AMC dark comedy series Dietland (2018) and the National Geographic miniseries The Hot Zone (2019).
Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, making her the second most awarded woman ever within SAG after Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one Golden Globe Award, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2015, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Margulies is also a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Margulies was born in Spring Valley, New York, the youngest of three daughters. Her mother, Francesca (née Goldberg, later Gardner), was a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher; her father, Paul Margulies, was a writer, philosopher, and Madison Avenue advertising executive. Her parents were both Jewish, descendants of Jewish immigrants from Romania, Austria, Hungary, and Russia. Her mother converted to Christianity when the children were young, though Margulies still identifies herself as Jewish. The Margulies family lived in Israel for a period of time before Julianna's birth, then moved back to the Upper West Side of New York City.
Margulies attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School and high school at High Mowing School. As a child, she lived in New York, France, and England. She later enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared in several campus plays.
Margulies made her feature film debut in Steven Seagal's action film Out for Justice (1991), playing a prostitute. In 1994, Margulies was cast in the pilot episode of the NBC medical drama ER as Carol Hathaway, an emergency care nurse who attempted suicide. Her character was originally intended to die; however, the producers changed the plot and made Carol Hathaway a main cast member. At the same time Margulies had been offered an extended role on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Streets, after a two-episode appearance earlier in the year. Margulies chose ER and remained on the show for six seasons until 2000. She won an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1994, and continued to be nominated for this award every year during her tenure on ER. She was the only series regular cast member to win a Primetime Emmy Award.
In March 2012, Margulies broke her silence on her decision to leave ER at the height of her career and a $27 million paycheck. She revealed that although everyone said it would be "career suicide" not to return to the medical drama she had starred in for six years, she was never concerned about the consequences.
"I'm a smart girl," said Margulies. "I had a year's worth of work waiting and a mortgage completely paid at age 32. I was under no illusion that I was going to be some big movie star. My dad said, 'If you got hit by a bus tomorrow, were you living your life truthfully, or were you waiting to get rich?' If I died and my soul started leaving my body, would I be looking down going, 'You idiot. You could have gone to Prague, you could have been on Broadway'? Those are the things I wanted to do."
After leaving the series, Margulies worked on stage and screen. On stage, she 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 after ER included Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship (2002) with Gabriel Byrne and Ron Eldard. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001) and participated in the documentary film Searching for Debra Winger (2002).
In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in season four of the hit comedy series 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 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 Syfy Channel miniseries The Lost Room.
In an August 2006 interview with tvguide.com, Margulies said 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 2005/06 season. However, she decided against it at the last minute. Margulies was invited to return during ER's final season, but the actress initially turned down the offer, saying she felt like she left Carol Hathaway in the perfect place and could not imagine bettering her departure episode. However, Margulies did return to ER for one episode during its 15th and final season.
She had a minor role in The Darwin Awards (2007). In 2008, Margulies starred in the legal series Canterbury's Law, a Fox mid-season replacement show. 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." She was also credited as a producer of the show. The series was severely affected by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike; it was cancelled by the network after only six episodes.
In 2009, Margulies began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. She played Alicia Florrick, an attorney returning to legal practice after her husband Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth) resigned as Illinois State's Attorney amid a sex and corruption scandal. She won two Primetime Emmy Awards for the series. Beginning in 2011, starting with the third season, Margulies was credited as a producer of The Good Wife. The series ended in May 2016.
Since 2013, the actress has done voiceovers for a Chase credit card commercial. In 2014, Margulies narrated "Women in Business", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America. In 2015, TIME featured Margulies as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." It noted her work to get Erin's Law, concerned with child sexual abuse, passed in every US state.
In 2018, Margulies co-starred in the dark comedy series Dietland on AMC as Kitty Montgomery--a nasty, razor-thin fashionista who employs an overweight woman for menial tasks and enjoys torturing her constantly (especially about her weight).
In 2019, Margulies starred in The Hot Zone on National Geographic as Dr. Nancy Jaax--a U.S Army scientist Nancy Jaax, DVM, ACVP, trying to stop a deadly outbreak of Ebola. The limited series put up big rating numbers for the Disney-owned cable network, becoming the highest-rated scripted series in National Geographic's history and ranking second among all series.
In 2019, Margulies was slated to reprise the role of Alicia Florrick for three episodes of The Good Fight, a spin-off of The Good Wife. However, negotiations broke down over the question of Margulies' salary, with CBS offering to pay her at the guest star rate instead of the same rate she had been paid on The Good Wife. She stated that: "I watch the show, I love the show. But I'm not a guest star. You don't pay me a guest-star salary. I would get a guest-star salary if I went and did SVU--it's not my show. I wouldn't ask for what I got paid as Alicia Florrick. I also know for a fact that any male star who got asked to go on a spinoff of his show would have been offered at least $500,000. I know that for a fact."
In November 2019, it was announced that Margulies will guest star in Billions. Margulies will play Catherine Brant in the Showtime drama, who is described as an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author.
In May 2015, it was announced that Julianna Margulies will publish a picture book with Random House Children's Books in May 2016. Titled Three Magic Balloons, the story is based on one that the actress's father, Paul Margulies, wrote for his three daughters.
In October 2020, Margulies announced on her Instagram that she is writing an autobiography Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life, in which she opens up about navigating the "turmoil" of being a child of divorced parents, her journey to becoming an award-winning actor, and her complex romantic relationships.
"After completing The Good Wife, I had time to look back on my life and career," Margulies, 54, says in a statement of her Emmy-winning performance on the hit show. "What began as a simple exercise in self-reflection eventually grew into a memoir. When I was a baby, my mother called me her 'Sunshine Girl.' This book recounts the chaotic, unconventional childhood my parent's choices gave me, and the choices I made as an adult because of them."
"It is both a coming of age story and an introspection about being a working mother and wife, trying to juggle everything while remaining the 'Sunshine Girl' I thought everyone expected," she continues. "I hope it gives readers a candid look into my journey to becoming an actress with all the highs and lows as I navigated my way to this life I never expected". 
The book will be published by Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random House, on May 4, 2021. It's described as a "riveting self-portrait of a woman whose resilience in the face of instability will leave readers intrigued and inspired." 
On November 10, 2007, Margulies married attorney Keith Lieberthal, the son of academic Kenneth Lieberthal, in Lenox, Massachusetts. They have a son, Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal. They reside in Manhattan. The couple also owns a country house in Upstate New York
|1991||Out for Justice||Rica|
|1997||Paradise Road||Topsy Merritt|
|1998||The Newton Boys||Louise Brown|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Rachel|
|2002||The Man from Elysian Fields||Dena|
|2002||Ghost Ship||Maureen Epps|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Carla|
|2006||The Armenian Genocide||Narrator|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Claire Miller|
|2006||Beautiful Ohio||Mrs. Cubano|
|2009||City Island||Joyce Rizzo|
|2011||No Job for a Woman||Narrator|
|2012||Stand Up Guys||Nina Hirsch|
|2016||The Last Gold||Narrator|
|2017||The Upside||Lily Foley|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Rachel Novaro||Episode: "Murder at Discount"|
|1993||Law & Order||Lt. Ruth Mendoza||Episode: "Conduct Unbecoming"|
|1994||Homicide: Life on the Street||Linda||2 episodes|
|1994-2000, 2009||ER||Nurse Carol Hathaway||Main role; 132 episodes|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Herself||Episode: "Larry's on Vacation"|
|1998||Ellen||Ellen Screen Test #5||Episode: "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1"|
|2000||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Julianna Margulies/DMX"|
|2001||The Mists of Avalon||Morgaine||Lead role; 8 episodes|
|2001||Jenifer||Jenifer's Psychiatrist||Television film|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Helene Hanfstaengl||2 episodes|
|2004||Scrubs||Neena Broderick||2 episodes|
|2004||The Grid||Maren Jackson||Lead role; 2 episodes|
|2006||The Lost Room||Jennifer Bloom||Main role; 3 episodes|
|2006-2007||The Sopranos||Julianna Skiff||4 episodes|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Elizabeth Canterbury||Lead role; 6 episodes|
|2009-2016||The Good Wife||Alicia Florrick||Lead role; 156 episodes|
|2010||Sesame Street||Dr. Berger||Episode: "Big Bird Sprains His Wing"|
|2014||Makers: Women Who Make America||Narrator||Episode: "Women in Business"|
|2017||Nightcap||Herself||Episode: "Out of the Box"|
|2018||Dietland||Kitty Montgomery||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2019||The Hot Zone||Dr. Nancy Jaax||Lead role; 6 episodes|
|2020||Billions||Catherine Brant||Recurring role|
|1999||The Vagina Monologues||Performer||Westside Theatre|
|2003||The 24 Hour Plays 2003||Molly||American Airlines Theatre|
|2005||Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away 2||Performer||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2006||Festen||Helene||Music Box Theatre|
|2006||The 24 Hour Plays 2006||Adrienne||American Airlines Theatre|