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Julianna Luisa Margulies (/ˈmɑːrɡjʊls/; born June 8, 1966) is an American actress and producer. After several small television roles, Margulies achieved wide recognition for her role as Carol Hathaway on NBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. She also voiced Neera in Dinosaur (2000) and appeared in the miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001).

Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Margulies at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born (1966-06-08) June 8, 1966 (age 53)[1]
ResidenceManhattan, New York
EducationGreen Meadow Waldorf School
Alma materSarah Lawrence College (BA)
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active1991–present
The Good Wife
The Hot Zone
Keith Lieberthal (m. 2007)

In 2009, she took on the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal drama The Good Wife on CBS. Her performance garnered acclaim: she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice, a Golden Globe, and a Television Critics Association Award.

In 2018, Margulies had a co-starring role as Kitty Montgomery in the AMC dark comedy series Dietland.

Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, making her the second most awarded woman ever within SAG after Julia Louis-Dreyfus.[2][3] In 2015, TIME featured her as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World".[4] She has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Early lifeEdit

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.[5][6][7] Her parents were both Jewish, descended from Jewish immigrants from Romania, Austria, Hungary, and Russia.[7][8] Her mother converted to Christianity when the children were young, though Margulies still identifies herself as Jewish.[9][10] 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.[6]

Margulies attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School and high school at High Mowing School.[11] As a child, she lived in New York, France, and England. She obtained a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared in several campus plays.[citation needed]


Margulies made her feature film debut in Steven Seagal's 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, despondent over her relationship with pediatrician Doug Ross (George Clooney), 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.[12] Margulies chose ER and remained on the show for six seasons until 2000. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama 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 an Emmy Award.[13]

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 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 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.

Margulies at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

In an August 2006 interview with, 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.[14] However, Margulies did return to ER for one episode during its 15th and final season.[15]

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.[16] 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 does voiceovers for a Chase credit card commercial.[17] In 2014, Margulies narrated "Women in Business", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.[18] 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.[4]

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 no end (especially about her weight).

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 their show would have been offered at least $500,000. I know that for a fact."[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Margulies and Lieberthal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008

From 1991[20] to 2003, Margulies dated actor Ron Eldard, whom she met in an acting class.[21][22] On November 10, 2007, Margulies married attorney Keith Lieberthal, the son of academic Kenneth Lieberthal,[23] in Lenox, Massachusetts.[24] In January 2008, she gave birth to their son named Kieran.[25] They reside in Manhattan.[26]



2001 The mist of Avalon Morgana -
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Out for Justice Rica
1997 Traveller Jean
1997 Paradise Road Topsy Merritt
1998 The Newton Boys Louise Brown
1998 A Price Above Rubies Rachel
2000 What's Cooking? Carla
2000 Dinosaur Neera Voice
2002 The Man from Elysian Fields Dena
2002 Evelyn Bernadette Beattie
2002 Ghost Ship Maureen Epps
2005 Slingshot Karen
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[27]
2012 Stand Up Guys Nina Hirsch
2017 The Upside Lily
2017 Three Christs Ruth


Year Title Role Notes
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 TV miniseries, 8 episodes
2001 Jenifer Jenifer's Psychiatrist TV movie
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 TV miniseries, 3 episodes
2006–07 The Sopranos Julianna Skiff 4 episodes
2008 Canterbury's Law Elizabeth Canterbury Lead role, 6 episodes
2009–16 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 Miniseries

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. June 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "More SAG Awards Presenters Named". SAG-AFTRA. January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Beachum, Chris (December 10, 2014). "SAG Awards: Edie Falco sets record with 21st nomination; Julianna Margulies could win record 9th time". Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Gillibrand, Kirsten (April 16, 2015). "Julianna Margulies – 2015 TIME 100: The Most Influential People in the World". Time. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Julianna Margulies profile at". Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Davis, Patti (2009). The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us: Prominent Women Discuss the Complex, Humorous, and Ultimately Loving Relationships They Have with Their Mothers. Hay House. pp. 173–174. ISBN 1-4019-2162-0.
  7. ^ a b Finding Your Roots, March 1, 2016, PBS
  8. ^ Vincent, Mal (April 5, 1998). "Margulies nursing film career 'The Newton Boys' gives 'ER' star a meaty big-screen role". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 21, 2009.: "Actually, she's Eastern-European Jewish—Austrian, Hungarian and Romanian..."
  9. ^ Mendoza, N.F. (November 27, 1994). "Julianna Margulies, head nurse on 'ER,' enjoys the treatment she's getting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  10. ^ Bloom, Nate (August 17, 2010). "Interfaith Emmy Nominees: Sedgwick, Margulies, Lea Michele and More". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "Julianna Margulies profile at". Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  12. ^ The Story Behind "ER". Pop network. November 13, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Julianna Margulies - Television Academy".
  14. ^ "Margulies turns down ER comeback". BBC News. November 17, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  15. ^ "ER Bringing Back Clooney with Margulies before Checking Out". 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  16. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 15, 2009). "TV Review: The Good Wife". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  17. ^ "Chase Freedom '5% Cash Back' Commercials". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  18. ^ "Women in Business". PBS. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  19. ^ Rick Porter (May 21, 2019). "Julianna Margulies on 'Good Fight' Pay Dispute: "I Said Yes, They Said No"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (October 20, 2002). "Margulies goes to sea in new film". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  21. ^ Stein, Danielle (May 2010). "Julianna Margulies". W Magazine. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  22. ^ "Julianna Margulies Makes It Official". E Online. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  23. ^ Schneider, Karen S.; Wihlborg, Ulrica (December 3, 2007). "Secret Weddings!". People. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  24. ^ Rhone, Paysha (November 17, 2007). "Julianna Margulies Quietly Gets Married". People. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  25. ^ "Julianna Margulies & Her Husband Welcome a Son". People. January 31, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  26. ^ Goldfarb, Brad (February 2014). "Julianna Margulies's Serene New York Apartment". Architectural Digest. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  27. ^ "No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII". Retrieved May 9, 2014.

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