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Julianne Moore
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Moore at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Julie Anne Smith

December 3, 1960 (1960-12-03) (age 60)
Nationality American
  • American
  • British
Alma mater Boston University
  • Actor
  • children's author
Years active 1983–present
  • John Gould Rubin
    (m. 1986; div. 1995)
  • Bart Freundlich
    (m. 2003)
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Relatives Peter Moore Smith (brother)

Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is an American actress, prolific in films since the early 1990s. She is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films, and has received many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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 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. 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 actress in Hollywood.

Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She also had success with the films The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), Children of Men (2006), A Single Man (2009), The Kids Are All Right (2010), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and won several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012).

Moore went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars (both 2014). She also appeared in the final two films of the Hunger Games series and starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

Early life

Moore was born Julie Anne Smith at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of 3 siblings. Her father, Peter Moore Smith, was a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, who later attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge. Her mother 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 and a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith.

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. 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.

When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, Virginia, where Moore had been attending J.E.B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, 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, and with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career.

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The theater of Boston University, where Moore trained to be an actress

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.

Moore moved to New York City after graduating, and worked as a waitress. After registering her stage name with Actors' Equity, she began her career in 1985 with off-Broadway theatre. Her first screen role came in 1985, in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night. Her break came the following year, when she joined the cast of As the World Turns. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes.


Alongside her acting work, Moore has established a career as a children's author. Her first book, Freckleface Strawberry, was published in October 2007 and became a New York Times Best Seller. Described by Time Out as a "simple, sweet and semi-autobiographical narrative", it tells the story of a girl who wishes to be rid of her freckles, but eventually accepts them. Moore decided to write the book when her young son began disliking aspects of his appearance; she was reminded of her own childhood, when she was teased for having freckles and called "Freckleface Strawberry" by other children.

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Julianne Moore at the Berlin Film Festival 2010

The book has turned into a series with six follow-ups as of 2016: Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully was published in 2009, and Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever in 2011. Both carry the message that children can overcome their own problems. Freckleface Strawberry: Backpacks!, Freckleface Strawberry: Lunch, or What's That? and Feckleface Strawberry: Loose Tooth! were released as part of Random House publishers' "Step Into Reading" program. These were followed by Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice in summer 2016.

Freckleface Strawberry has been adapted into a musical, which premiered at the New World Stages, New York, in October 2010. Moore had an input in the production, particularly through requesting that it retain the book's young target audience.

Moore has written one children's book separate from the Freckleface Strawberry series. Released in 2013, My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me is based on her experiences of growing up with a mother from another country.

Personal life

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Julianne Moore Cannes Film festival 2014

Actor and stage director John Gould Rubin was Moore's first husband, whom she met in 1984 and married two years later. Their divorce was finalized in August 1995. Moore began a relationship with Bart Freundlich in 1996. The couple have a son and a daughter. They wed in August 2003 and live in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Moore is politically liberal and supported Barack Obama at the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. She is a pro-choice activist and sits on the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood. She is also a campaigner for gay rights and gun control, and since 2008, she has been an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children.


Moore's most acclaimed films include:

Still Alice - Movie Poster
Still Alice is a 2014 drama film, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease shortly after her 50th birthday
  • Short Cuts (1993)
  • Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
  • Safe (1995)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Magnolia (1999)
  • The Hours (2002)
  • Far from Heaven (2002)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • A Single Man (2009)
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010)
  • What Maisie Knew (2012)
  • Still Alice (2014)
  • Maggie's Plan (2015)

Her films that have earned the most at the box office are:

The Lost World – Jurassic Park poster
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure film in which Julianne Moore starred in alongside Jeff Goldblum
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • Nine Months (1995)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  • Hannibal (2001)
  • The Forgotten (2004)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
  • Non-Stop (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Awards and nominations

Moore has received five Academy Award nominations, nine Golden Globe nominations, seven SAG nominations, and four BAFTA nominations. From these, she has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and two SAG Awards; she also has a Primetime Emmy and a Daytime Emmy. In addition, she has been named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival – the fourth person, and second female, in history to achieve this.

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