The American actress Julianne Moore, the real name Julie Anne Smith, was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on December 3, 1960. She is renowned for her meticulous and sympathetic depictions of women who are at odds with their environment, frequently in movies that tackle societal themes.
Julianne Moore Biography
Smith was the oldest of three children; her Scottish immigrant mother worked as a homemaker before going on to become a psychiatric social worker. Her American father served in the military as a lawyer and judge.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in acting from Boston University in 1983, she relocated to New York City. Because all versions of her actual name were already registered with the Actors’ Equity Association, Smith used the stage name Julianne Moore, the latter element of which was her father’s middle name.
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Before commencing a three-year storyline on the soap opera As the World Turns in 1985, she had appearances in many plays and television shows. She won a Daytime Emmy in 1988 for her depictions of a psychologist and eventually, her half-sister.
Meanwhile, she performed as Ophelia in a production of Hamlet staged by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1988), and she had an appearance in Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater (1987). In 1990, she performed in two Churchill one-acts, produced as Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, at the Public Theater.
Moore gained widespread recognition thanks to a supporting part in the home thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Particular attention was paid to her audacious performance as an artist in Robert Altman’s ensemble drama Short Cuts (1993).
After watching Moore in a long-running New York workshop version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, which Louis Malle had filmed as Vanya on 42nd Street, Altman had chosen Moore for the role (1994). Her first leading role came in Todd Haynes’ 1995 film Safe when she portrayed a woman who was deteriorating from an uncertain illness.
Her Notable Films
Moore’s critically acclaimed futuristic dystopia Children of Men (2006) and her later vampy performance as the unstable Barbara Baekeland (who married the heir to the Bakelite fortune and was murdered by her son) in Savage Grace came after a string of underwhelming romantic comedies (2007).
She had more muted performances as a lesbian who falls in love with her lesbian partner in The Kids Are All Right (2010), a woman who cheats on her lesbian partner in A Single Man (2009), and a woman who is dissatisfied in her marriage to Steve Carell’s character in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011).
Before acting in What Maisie Knew, a contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ novel, Moore gave an Emmy-winning performance as 2008 Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin in the HBO film Game Change.
She later appeared in the comedies The English Teacher (2013) and Non-Stop (2014), as well as the adaptations of Suzanne Collins’s young-adult novels The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) and Stephen King’s classic novel Carrie (2013).
In particular, Moore received accolades for subtly capturing the hardships of a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice (2014).
She won the best actress Oscar for her performance. Then, in David Cronenberg’s incisive Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, Moore savaged the screen as an angry witch in the fantasy adventure Seventh Son (2014) and as an unstable actress (2014).
In the 2015 film Freeheld, which was based on a true incident, she brought to life the agony of a dying woman who must fight to transfer her pension benefits to her domestic partner (played by Ellen Page).
Moore worked with Todd Haynes once again in 2017’s Wonderstruck, in which she portrayed a gorgeous movie star. She next appeared in the comedy Suburbicon as a wife and twin sister.
In the film adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel Bel Canto the following year, she played a famous opera singer held captive and in Gloria Bell, she played a divorced lady looking for love on her terms.
In the movie After the Wedding, Moore played a wealthy media tycoon who makes many shocking findings when considering making a substantial donation to an orphanage (2019). She plays feminist hero Gloria Steinem in the 2020 biopic The Glorias.
Moore made appearances in the musical Dear Evan Hansen and the suspenseful film The Woman in the Window in 2021. She also provided the voice for the animated Spirit Untamed, and in the Stephen King novel-to-miniseries adaptation of Lisey’s Story, she played a sad widow.