Julianne Moore is an American actress and author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women in both independent and blockbuster films.
She has received many accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and two Golden Globes. Time magazine named Moore one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.
After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance.
Her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), and she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).
Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), and successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) and Safe (1995) continued this acclaim.
Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months (1995) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) established her as a leading lady in Hollywood.
Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002) and The Hours (2002).
In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three starred her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife.
She also had success with the films The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), Hannibal (2001), Children of Men (2006), A Single Man (2009), The Kids Are All Right (2010), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012).
Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her playing an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice (2014) and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars (2014).
Her highest-grossing releases include the final two films of The Hunger Games series and the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).
In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children’s books about a character named “Freckleface Strawberry”. She is married to director Bart Freundlich, with whom she has two children.
- Full name: Julianne Moore
- Profession: American actress
- Born: 3 December 1960 (age 59 years), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States
- Upcoming movie: The Woman in the Window
- Spouse: Bart Freundlich (m. 2003), John Gould Rubin (m. 1986–1995)
- TV shows: As the World Turns, I’ll Take Manhattan, Lisey’s Story, Inside Amy Schumer, Gloria Bell: Extras
- Children: Liv Freundlich, Caleb Freundlich
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About Julianne Moore
Moore was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960, at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of three siblings.
Her father, Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge.
Her Scottish mother, Anne (née Love; 1940–2009), was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, Scotland, who emigrated to the United States in 1951 with her family.
Moore has a younger sister, Valerie Smith, and a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith.
As Moore is half-Scottish, she claimed British citizenship in 2011 to honour her deceased mother.
Moore frequently moved around the United States as a child, due to her father’s occupation. She was close to her family as a result, but has said she never had the feeling of coming from one particular place.
The family lived in multiple locations, including Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Panama, Nebraska, Alaska, New York, and Virginia, and Moore attended nine different schools.
The constant relocating made her an insecure child, and she struggled to establish friendships. Despite these difficulties, Moore later remarked that an itinerant lifestyle was beneficial to her future career: “When you move around a lot, you learn that behaviour is mutable.
I would change, depending on where I was … It teaches you to watch, to reinvent, that character can change.”
When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, Virginia, where Moore had been attending J.E.B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, West Germany, where she attended Frankfurt American High School.
She was clever and studious, a self-proclaimed “good girl”, and she planned to become a doctor. She had never considered performing, or even attended the theatre, but she was an avid reader and it was this hobby that led her to begin acting at the school.
She appeared in several plays, including Tartuffe and Medea, and with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career.
Moore’s parents supported her decision, but asked that she train at university to provide the added security of a college degree.
She was accepted to Boston University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1983.