Julianne Moore was born in Fayetteville, NC to Peter Moore Smith,
a military judge and army colonel, and Anne, a psychiatrist and
social worker who emigrated from Scotland; she has a younger
sister, Valerie, and brother, Peter Moore Smith, Jr. (born
1965). Growing up as an "army brat", she lived in twenty-three
across the United States and Germany.
Julianne attended Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, graduating in 1979. She received her Bachelor's degree at the School of Fine Arts in Boston University.
Julianne Moore moved to New York City in 1983, working as a waitress before being cast in the dual roles of Frannie and Sabrina Hughes on the soap opera As the World Turns, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award; she played the roles from 1985 to 1988.
Julianne Moore began starring in feature films in the early 1990s, mostly appearing in supporting roles in films like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and The Fugitive. Her part in 1993's Short Cuts gained her critical acclaim and recognition, and she was cast in several high-profile Hollywood films, including 1995's romantic comedy Nine Months, and 1997's summer blockbuster The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Her role in the well-reviewed independent film, Safe, also attracted critical attention.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Julianne Moore appeared in a series of films that received Oscar recognition, including her roles in Boogie Nights ("Best Supporting Actress" nomination), The End of the Affair ("Best Actress" nomination) and her two 2002 films, Far From Heaven ("Best Actress" nomination) and The Hours ("Best Supporting Actress" nomination). During this period, she also appeared in the commercial successes Hannibal (controversially replacing Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) and The Forgotten, and in Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to Boogie Nights, Magnolia.
Julianne Moore latest film, Freedomland, opened in February 2006 to mixed reviews.
Julianne Moore has been married three times: to Sundar Chakravarthy from November 21, 1983 to October 12, 1985, to John Gould Rubin from May 3, 1986 to August 25, 1995 and, since August 2003, to director Bart Freundlich. The couple, who have been together since 1996, have two children: a son, Caleb Freundlich (born December 4, 1997), and a daughter, Liv Helen Freundlich (born April 11, 2002).
Julianne Moore is a noted pro-choice activist and during the last U.S. election donated money to John Kerry's presidential campaign.
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