Date of Birth: December 3, 1960
Although Julianne Moore was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she didn't stay there for long. Her father was a military judge, which meant moving a lot. She spent most of her early years in over two dozen locations around the world, where she made a large quantity of friends.
Julianne finally found her place at Boston University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in acting from the School of the Performing Arts. After graduation she moved to Manhatten, where she started her acting career on stage in off-Broadway plays such as Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge.
Julianne appeared briefly on television shows such as The Edge of Night and the soap As the World Turns, where she played two half sisters. Her performance in the soap earned her an Outstanding Ingenue Emmy Award in 1988.
Julianne's first minor coup on the small screen came in the form of a supporting role in the miniseries Judith Krantz's I'll Take Manhattan. A subsequent string of forgotten TV movies—Money, Power, Murder; The Last To Go, Cast a Deadly Spell and Lovecraft—did little to boost her career.
Julianne's feature debut in Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990) also failed to raise her to prominence. It wasn't until the 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, that things started looking up. The following year she was able to build a presence in Hollywood with her performances in The Fugitive, Body of Evidence and Benny & Joon.
Julianne's acting career was slowly rising and her many roles in off-beat independent films were keeping her from wide-spread audience recognition. In 1997 that all changed. She was given the role of a paleontologist in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Starring in a Spielberg movie was potentially one of her greatest opportunities to rise to superstardom. Since then, she has had starring roles in many major motion pictures, including Magnolia (1999), Hannibal (2001), The Hours (2002), Eagle Eye (2008) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014).
She has received four Oscar nominations, including two in 2003 for her performances in Far From Heaven and The Hours. In 2009 she received several nominations, including one from the Golden Globes, for her work in A Single Man (2009). She received another Golden Globe nomination, as well as a BAFTA nomination for her role as a lesbian in The Kids Are All Right (2010). In 2011, she appeared in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, playing a frustrated wife trying to deal with leaving her husband. In 2013 she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Sarah Palin in the TV movie Game Change (2012).
Julianne won her first solo film acting Golden Globe in 2015, as well as her fifth Academy Award nomination for the independent film Still Alice. She also starred in Non-Stop (2014), Maps to the Stars (2014), and in Still Alice (2015) which won her a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and the Oscar for Best Actress. She also appeared in Freeheld alongside Ellen Page, and starred as Georgette in the 2016 dramedy Maggie's Plan.
The following year would prove to be a busy one, with Julianne starring in the drama Wonderstruck (2017), the spy thriller Kingsman: The Golden Circle(2017) and George Clooney's self-directed dramatic thriller Suburbicon (2017).
Julianne returned to theaters in the drama Bel Canto(2018) alongside Ken Watanabe and in the title role in Gloria Bell(2018). She also starred in the Netflix Original The Woman in the Window (2021), Apple TV Original Lisey's Story (2021), voiced the role of Aunt Cora in Spirit Untamed(2021), and played Heidi Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen(2021), a film adaptation of the broadway musical.
In 1986, Julianne married fellow actor John Gould Rubin. The union lasted nine years. In 2003 she married director Bart Freundlich, who directed her in the movie The Myth of Fingerprints (1996). They have two children, Caleb and Liv.