Julianna was born June 8. Born in Spring Valley, N.Y. (just outside of New York City), she is the youngest of three daughters.

Almost before Margulies could walk, she and her family were off to Paris, where they lived for two years before relocating to England. When she was five, they returned to Spring Valley, and five years later they moved back to England. At 14, Margulies began high school in New Hampshire. She eventually obtained a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared on campus in several plays.

Margulies waited tables for a year until winning a role as a prostitute looking to go straight in "Out for Justice."Eventually, she supported herself by appearing in regional theater productions, at the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Asolo Theatre in Florida, as well as in national TV commercials.

She guest-starred in an episode of NBC's "Law & Order" and then filmed "Philly Heat," a pilot from Tom Fontana. Later, Fontana wrote her into a recurring role in a few episodes of his NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" as a waitress and violinist who attracted Detective Bolander (Ned Beatty).

An Emmy Award winner in 1995 as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Margulies also won the Best Supporting Actress Award from Viewers for Quality Television and was a Golden Globe Award nominee for her work on "ER."

Her character, head nurse Carol Hathaway, almost died from an attempted suicide in the series' pilot. About Hathaway, the actress says: "We're both control freaks and perfectionists, which can be a real curse. Carol is someone who does not wear her emotions on her sleeve. She's competent and a go-getter who loves her job. But there's a lot more going on than she can let know."

Julianna enjoys in-line skating, reading and going to the movies 3-4 times a week.


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