<B>Julianne Moore<B>

Published August 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Occupation: Actress 

Date of Birth: December 3, 1960 

Place of Birth: Boston, Mass., USA 

Sign: Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Gemini 

Relations: Ex-husband: John Gould Rubin (actor); son: Caleb (the child's father is director Bart Freundlich) 

Education: Boston University; BFA from the School of Fine Arts 




Julianne Moore is a rare breed of actress, indeed. But, it wasn’t until 1999 that her star shone bright.  

As an Army brat who developed a taste for the spotlight, she's not so unusual. Her father, a military judge, led the family to over two dozen locations around the world before Julianne settled in at Boston University. Perhaps the fact that her mother was a psychiatric social worker helped the young girl adapt.  

After graduation, Julianne moved to New York, where she appeared in Caryl Churchill's off-Broadway plays Serious Money and Ice Cream with Hot Fudge. Despite her formal training, Moore fell into the attractive actress' trap of the mid-1980s: TV soaps and miniseries. She paid her rent on The Edge of Night As the World Turns, for which she won an Outstanding Ingenue Daytime Emmy Award in 1988. Shortly thereafter, Moore graduated to prime-time melodrama, including Judith Krantz' miniseries I'll Take Manhattan and the forgettable MOWs The Last to Go and Cast a Deadly Spell. Such is the trap for attractive women with lusciously thick auburn hair.  

In 1992, being a beautiful-woman-who-gets-killed finally paid off. As a real estate agent in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Moore met a particularly grisly death at the hands of Rebecca DeMornay (remember the greenhouse scene?). That led to a three-minute performance as Harrison Ford’s colleague in The Fugitive, which in turn convinced Steven Spielberg to cast her in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. As Jeff Goldblum’s ill-fated paleontologist girlfriend, Moore fared far better than her character, making the transition to 'movie star' for good. The same year, Julianne cemented her good fate with roles in The Myth of Fingerprints and Boogie Nights. Since then, she has landed major roles in no less than eight films, including The Big Lebowski, An Ideal Husband and Cookie's Fortune, which re-teamed her with Short Cuts director Robert Altman. Factor in the birth of her first child, Caleb, in December of 1997, and Moore has been one very busy woman.  

Moore has never forgotten her roots in classical theatre: her box-office bonanza roles were sprinkled between art-house films (Surviving Picasso, Vanya on 42nd Street) and even the occasional return to the stage, such as her 1993 turn opposite Al Pacino in Strindberg's The Father.  

Moore welcomed in the new millennium with a pair of Golden Globe nominations, for The End of the Affair (Best Actress, Drama) and An Ideal Husband (Best Actress, Comedy). Add to that her turn opposite Sigourney Weaver in A Map of the World and a critically-acclaimed performance in Magnolia, and Moore may just be the actress of the 21st century.  




2000 Unbreakable 

2000 The Ladies Man 

1999 Magnolia 

1999 The End of the Affair 

1999 A Map of the World 

1999 An Ideal Husband 

1999 Cookie's Fortune  

1998 Psycho  

1998 Chicago Cab  

1998 The Big Lebowski 

1997 Boogie Nights 

1997 The Myth of Fingerprints 

1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 

1996 Surviving Picasso  

1995 Assassins  

1995 Nine Months  

1995 Safe  

1995 Roommates  

1994 Vanya on 42nd Street  

1993 Short Cuts 

1993 The Fugitive 

1993 Benny & Joon 

1993 Body of Evidence  

1993 Luck, Trust & Ketchup 

1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 

1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 

1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie  

1988 Slaughterhouse 2 






1991 Cast a Deadly Spell  

1991 The Last to Go  

1989 Money, Power, Murder 

1987 I'll Take Manhattan  

1985-88 As the World Turns 

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