Dec. 3rd, 1960
Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Julianne Moore's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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The daughter of a military judge and a Scottish social worker, Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She spent the early years of her life in over two dozen locations around the world with her parents before she 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 (in 1983), Moore moved to New York and worked extensively in theater, including appearances off-Broadway in two Caryl Churchill plays, Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge and as Ophelia in Hamlet at The Guthrie Theatre. But despite her formal training, Moore fell into the attractive actress' trap of the mid-1980's: TV soaps and miniseries. She appeared briefly in the daytime serial The Edge of Night (1956) and from 1985 to 1988 she played two half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina on the soap As the World Turns (1956). This performance later led to an Outstanding Ing�nue Daytime Emmy Award in 1988. Her subsequent appearances were in mostly forgettable TV-movies, such as Money, Power, Murder. (1989), The Last to Go (1991) and Cast a Deadly Spell (1991).
She made her entrance into the big screen with 1990's Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), where she played the victim of a mummy. Two years later, Moore appeared in feature films with supporting parts in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and the comedy The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992). She kept winning better and more powerful roles as time went on, including a small but memorable role as Harrison Ford's colleague in The Fugitive (1993). (A role that made such an impression on 'Steven Spielberg' that he cast her in the Jurassic Park (1993) sequel without an audition in 1997). In one of Moore's most distinguished performances, she recapitulated her "beguiling Yelena" from Andre Gregory's workshop version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Louis Malls' critically acclaimed Vanya on 42nd Street (1994). Director 'Todd Haynes' gave Moore her first opportunity to take on a lead role in Safe (1995). Her portrayal of Carol White, an affluent L.A. housewife who develops an inexplicable allergic reaction to her environment, won critical praise as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Later that year she found her way into romantic comedy, co-starring as Hugh Grant (I)'s pregnant girlfriend in Nine Months (1995). Following films included Assassins (1995), where she played an electronics security expert targeted for death (next to Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas (I)) and Surviving Picasso (1996), where she played Dora Maar, one of the numerous lovers of Picasso (portrayed by her hero, Anthony Hopkins). A year later, after co-starring in Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), opposite Jeff Goldblum, a young and unknown director, Paul Thomas Anderson asked Julianne to appear in his movie, Boogie Nights (1997). Despite her misgivings, she finally was won over by the script and her decision to play the role of Amber Waves, a loving porn star who acts as a mother figure to a ragtag crew, proved to be a wise one, since she received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Julianne started 1998 by playing an erotic artist in The Big Lebowski (1998), continued with a small role in the social comedy Chicago Cab (1997) and ended with a subtle performance in Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho (1960). 1999 had Moore as busy as an actress can be. She starred in a number of high-profile projects, beginning with Robert Altman (I)'s Cookie's Fortune (1999) , in which she was cast as the mentally challenged but adorable sister of a decidedly unhinged Glenn Close. A portrayal of the scheming Mrs. Cheveley followed in Oliver Parker (I)'s An Ideal Husband (1999) with a number of critics asserting that Moore was the best part of the movie. She then enjoyed another collaboration with director Anderson in Magnolia (1999) and continued with an outstanding performance in The End of the Affair (1999), for which she garnered another Oscar nomination. She ended 1999 with another great performance, that of a grieving mother in A Map of the World (1999), opposite Sigourney Weaver.
- Artist ambassador for "Save the Children".
- (2001) Chosen as one of People Magazine's '50 most beautiful' list.
- Late in 2001, she appeared in _The Shipping News (2001)_ (qv) with 'Scott Glenn' (qv). Glenn had played Jack Crawford in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv). Moore appeared in the sequel, _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv).
- Was considered for the lead role of "Deirdre Burroughs" in _Running with Scissors (2006)_ (qv). The part eventually went to 'Annette Bening' (qv).
- Her brother, 'Peter Moore Smith' (qv), is an author and has written the book "Raveling" for which Julianne Moore has bought the film rights.
- In order to convincingly portray the role of a housewife suffering from an immune disorder in _Safe (1995)_ (qv), she lost 10 pounds off of her already petite frame.
- 'Andre Gregory' (qv), who directed her onstage in "Uncle Vanya," said that "she evoked the sensuality and urgency of a young 'Joan Crawford (I)' (qv), but with more depth, more contradictions.".
- Appears in _Boogie Nights (1997)_ (qv), _The Big Lebowski (1998)_ (qv) and _Magnolia (1999)_ (qv) with 'Philip Seymour Hoffman' (qv). Both of them have played characters in the Hannibal Lecter series. Moore played Clarice Starling in _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv), and Hoffman played Freddie Lounds in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv).