10 Things You Didn’t Know About Julianna Margulies

  
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Julianna Margulies is a well known actress who is best recognized for the two biggest roles of her career, first as nurse Carol Hathaway on ER and more recently starring on The Good Wife as Alicia Florrick. The Good Wife recently came to an end in 2016 after an impressive seven season run and the show was incredibly successful with a loyal following of fans right until the end. It was smart, witty and the cast was completely convincing, especially Julianna Margulies. She’s a well credited actress who is also critically acclaimed. Julianna has been dubbed by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and we understand why! This incredibly beautiful actress has been gracing our television screens since the early ’90s and she’s won our hearts over with ability to fulfill and support roles of strong female empowerment. In honor of her birthday, here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Julianna Margulies:

10. Childhood

She was born in 1966 in Spring Valley, New York, to her parents Fancesca and Paul Margulies. Julianna is the youngest of three daughters. When she was only 2-years-old her parents relocated to Paris, France, and then again to England when she was 4-years-old. Her mother was a former dance instructor and physical therapist, while her father was a writer, philosopher and Madison Avenue advertising executive. At the age of 14, she moved back to America to attend boarding school in New Hampshire. Later she began studying history at Sarah Lawrence College, and it was her participation in the school’s theater productions that sparked her interest in acting. Once she graduated she headed for New York City to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and worked as a waitress, coat check girl and bartender in the mean time to pay the bills.

Photo courtesy of Julianna Margulies via People

Photo courtesy of Julianna Margulies via People

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9. ER Character

She was the only ER cast member to win an Emmy. In fact, she was nominated for an Emmy every year she was on the cast as a regular. Her character was supposed to be killed off in the pilot, but she was so well received by viewers that producers kept her on the show! She recalls getting a phone call from George Clooney and he said, “I think you’re going to live!” Her character on the show had a fling with Clooney character — lucky girl! Julianna turned heads when she left the show and her $27 million paycheck. In 2012 she broke her silence on the decision and said, “I’m a smart girl. 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.” In 2006 she made her Broadway debut in Festen.

(c) NBC/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(c) NBC/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

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