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 2014 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 – 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 actress 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 featured 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 several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012). The year 2014 was key for Moore, as she gave an Oscar-winning performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice, was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, and joined the lucrative Hunger Games series.
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.
Actor and stage director John Gould Rubin was Moore’s first husband, whom she met in 1984 and married two years later. They separated in 1993, and their divorce was finalized in August 1995. “I got married too early and I really didn’t want to be there”, she has since explained. Moore began a relationship with Bart Freundlich, her director on The Myth of Fingerprints, in 1996. The couple have a son, Caleb (born December 1997) and a daughter, Liv (born April 2002). They wed in August 2003 and live in Greenwich Village, New York City. Moore has commented, “We have a very solid family life, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done.” She tries to keep her family close when working and picks material that is practical for her as a parent.
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 is an atheist; when asked on Inside the Actors Studio what God might say to her upon arrival at heaven, she gave God’s response as, “Well I guess you were wrong, I do exist.”
Moore has said she finds little value in the concept of celebrity and is concerned with living a “normal” life. Upon meeting her, the journalist Suzie Mackenzie described Moore as “the most unostentatious of stars”, and she attracts little gossip or tabloid attention. She is humble about her profession, saying she is “just a person with a job”, and casual in her appearance. Known for maintaining a natural image, Moore has spoken out against botox and plastic surgery.
As of April 2016, Moore has appeared in 62 feature films, four television movies, and four television series. Her most acclaimed films, according to review-aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, include:
- Short Cuts (1993)
- Children of Men (2006)
- The Kids Are All Right (2010)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- Far from Heaven (2002)
- Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
- What Maisie Knew (2012)
- Still Alice (2014)
- Safe (1995)
- A Single Man (2009)
- Magnolia (2000)
Her films that have earned the most at the box office are:
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
- Hannibal (2001)
- Non-Stop (2014)
- The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
- Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
- Nine Months (1995)
- The Forgotten (2004)
- The Hours (2002)
- Evolution (2001)
- Carrie (2013)