Julianne Moore Biography

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"Julianne Moore" (born December 3, 1960) is an Academy- and BAFTA-nominated and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning American actress.


Early life

Moore was born "Julie Anne Smith" at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina, the daughter of Anne, a psychiatric social worker who emigrated from Dunoon, Scotland, and Peter Moore Smith, a military lawyer, judge, helicopter pilot and army colonel. She has a younger sister, Valerie, and younger brother, novelist Peter Moore Smith III. Growing up as an 'army brat' she lived in several places across the United States and Germany. Moore attended Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, graduating in 1979. She received her Bachelor's degree at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.


Moore moved to New York City in 1983, working as a waitress before being cast in the dual roles of Frannie Hughes and Sabrina Hughes on the soap opera "As the World Turns", for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award; she played the roles from 1985 to 1988. In 1987 she was part of the junior company in the New York premiere of Caryl Churchill's "Serous Money" at the Public Theater. Because of Screen Actors Guild rules, she had to change her name, since there were already actresses named 'Julie Smith' and 'Julianne Smith'. She chose her father's middle name, 'Moore', but because there was already another actress named 'Julie Moore', she finally settled on 'Julianne Moore.'

Moore began starring in feature films in the early 1990s, mostly appearing in supporting roles in films like "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "Benny and Joon," and "The Fugitive." Her part in 1993's "Short Cuts" gained her critical acclaim and recognition, and she was cast in several high-profile Hollywood films, including 1995's romantic comedy "Nine Months," and 1997's summer blockbuster "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Her role in the well-reviewed independent film "Safe" also attracted critical attention.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Moore appeared in a series of films that received Oscar recognition, including her roles in "Boogie Nights" (Best Supporting Actress nomination), "The End of the Affair" (Best Actress nomination) and her two 2002 films, "Far From Heaven" (Best Actress nomination) and "The Hours" (Best Supporting Actress nomination). During this period, she also appeared in the commercial successes "Hannibal" (replacing Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) and "The Forgotten", in Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to "Boogie Nights", "Magnolia", and in the Coen Brothers cult hit, "The Big Lebowski".

Her film "Freedomland" opened in February 2006 to mixed reviews. Another film, "Trust the Man," is directed by her husband, Bart Freundlich, and also features her son, Caleb. In March 2006, it was announced Moore would make her Broadway debut in the world premiere of David Hare's new play "The Vertical Hour". The play opened in November 2006 and was directed by Sam Mendes. Also in 2006, Moore appeared as Julian Taylor in the film "Children of Men". She most recently appeared opposite Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel in "Next," a science fiction action film based on "The Golden Man," a short story by Philip K. Dick; and the controversial incest film "Savage Grace". 2008 saw the premiere at Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival of "Blindness", a thriller from director Fernando Meirelles, starring Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

In October 2007, she published her first children's picture book, entitled "Julianne More: All About Me".

It was reported that in May 2008, she would appear on the ABC show "Desperate Housewives" as the sister of Marcia Cross' character, Bree Hodge. Michael Ausiello of TVGuide.com later reported this to be false.

Moore is a celebrity spokesmodel. She has been a spokesmodel to Revlon since 2002. She has appeared in print ads and commercials that also includes Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba. She is signed to IMG Models in New York City.

Personal life

Moore is married to director Bart Freundlich whom she wed on August 23, 2003. The couple, who have been together since 1996, have two children: a son, Caleb Freundlich , and a daughter, Liv Helen Freundlich.

She is a pro-choice activist and during the 2004 presidential election donated $2,000 to John Kerry's presidential campaign. Since 2002 she has been involved with the TS Alliance to raise awareness of tuberous sclerosis.

Awards and nominations

[[BAFTA Award]]

Nominated: Best Actress, "The End of the Affair" (2000)

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress, "The Hours" (2003)

[[Daytime Emmy Award]]

"Won: Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series, "As the World Turns" (1988)"

[[Golden Globes|Golden Globe Award]]

"Won: Best Ensemble Cast, "Short Cuts (1994)"

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, "Boogie Nights" (1998)

Nominated: Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, "The End of the Affair" (2000)

Nominated: Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical/Comedy, "An Ideal Husband" (2000)

Nominated: Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, "Far from Heaven" (2003)

[[Academy Awards]]

Nomination: Best Supporting Actress for "Boogie Nights" (1998)

Nomination: Best Actress for "The End of the Affair" (2000)

Nomination: Best Actress for "Far from Heaven" (2003)

Nomination: Best Supporting Actress for "The Hours" (2003)

[[Volpi Cup]]

Best Cast for "Short Cuts" (1994)

"Won: Best Actress" for "Far from Heaven" (2002)

[[Berlin Film Festival|Silver Bear Award]]

"Won: Best Actress" for "The Hours" (2002)

Other appearances

On December 11, 2005, Moore, with actress Salma Hayek, co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.

On November 30, 2006, The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam Mendes, opened on Broadway.

External links

(CBS News interview) (September 30, 2005)

(IGN Films interview) (April 29, 2004)

(Julianne Moore) at Rotten Tomatoes


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