Julianne Moore


Julie Anne Smith (born December 3, 1960), known professionally as Julianne Moore, is an American-British actress and author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is especially known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women in both independent and blockbuster films. 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 Award for her performance.

Her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), with Steve Buscemi and Christian Slater. She continued to play small roles for the next four years, including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), with Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, and Ernie Hudson; Body of Evidence (1993), with Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, and Jürgen Prochnow; Benny & Joon (1993), with Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aiden Quinn, and Oliver Platt; and The Fugitive (1993), with Harrison Ford, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman‘s Short Cuts (1993), with Tim Robbins, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, and Jack Lemmon; and successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), with Wallace Shawn; and Safe (1995) continued this acclaim. Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months (1995) with Hugh Grant, Jeff Goldblum, Joan Cusack, and Robin Williams; and Steven Spielberg‘s The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) with Goldblum, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, and Peter Stormare; established her as a leading lady in Hollywood.

Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights (1997), with Mark Whalberg, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham; Neil Jordan‘s The End of the Affair (1999), with Ralph Fiennes and Stephen Rea; Far from Heaven (2002), with Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson; and The Hours (2002), with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Reilly, Stephen Dillane, Jeff Daniels, Miranda Richardson, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, and Eileen Atkins.

She also had success with the films such as Joel & Ethan Coen‘s The Big Lebowski (1998), with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Buscemi, and John Turturro; Anderson’s Magnolia (1999), with Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Macy, Alfred Molina, Reilly, Jason Robards, and Melora Walters; Ridley Scott‘s Hannibal (2001), with Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta, and Gary Oldman; Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men (2006), with Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, and Charlie Hunnam; A Single Man (2009), with Colin Firth; The Kids Are All Right (2010), with Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo; and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon; and won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012), with Woody Harrelson and Harris.

Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her playing an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice (2014), with Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart; and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars (2014), with Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird. Her highest-grossing releases include the final two films of The Hunger Games series, with Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland; and the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), with Taron Egerton, Firth, Mark Strong, Hanna Alström, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Bridges.

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. She’s appeared in Freundlich’s The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), with Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, James LeGros, Noah Wyle; World Traveler (2001), with Billy Crudup, Mary McCormack, and Karen Allen; Trust the Man (2005), with David Duchovny and Maggie Gyllenhaal; and After the Wedding (2019), with Michelle Williams, Crudup, and Abby Quinn.

Other notable films include An Ideal Husband (1999), with Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, and Jeremy Northam; Peter Yates‘s Roommates (1995), with Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney, Jan Rubeš, and Ellen Burstyn; A Map of the World (1999), with Sigourney Weaver and David Strathairn; Ivan Reitman‘s Evolution (2001), with Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine, and Dan Aykroyd; Freedomland (2006), with Samuel L. Jackson; Next (2007), with Nicolas Cage; Rebecca Miller‘s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), with Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Monica Bellucci, Blake Lively, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder; Chloe (2009), with Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried; Being Flynn (2012), with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano; Don Jon (2013), with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who also directed), Scarlett Johansson, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, and Tony Danza; Maggie’s Plan (2015), with Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, and Shawn; George Clooney‘s Suburicon (2017), with Matt Damon, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac; Gloria Bell (2018), with Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, and Holland Taylor.

Films in the 2020s include

(*Seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Money, Power, Murder (1989) – directed by Lee Philips – TV movie
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) – directed by John Harrison – anthology
  • The Last to Go (1991) – directed by John Erman – TV movie
  • Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) – directed by Martin Campbell – TV movie
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) – directed by Curtis Hanson
  • The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag (1992) – directed by Allan Moyle
  • Body of Evidence (1993) – directed by Uli Edel
  • Benny & Joon (1993) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • The Fugitive (1993) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • Short Cuts (1993) – directed by Robert Altman
  • Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) – directed by Louis Malle
  • Safe (1995) – directed by Todd Haynes
  • Roommates (1995) – directed by Peter Yates
  • Nine Months (1995) – directed by Chris Columbus
  • Assassins (1995) – directed by Richard Donner
  • Surviving Picasso (1996) – directed by James Ivory
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)* – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) – directed by Bart Freundlich
  • Boogie Nights (1997) – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Chicago Cab (1997) – directed by Mary Cybulski & John Tintori – aka Hellcab
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)** – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Welcome to Hollywood (1998) – directed by Tony Markes & Adam Rifkin – cameo as herself
  • Psycho (1998) – directed by Gus Van Sant
  • Cookie’s Fortune (1999) – directed by Robert Altman
  • An Ideal Husband (1999) – directed by Oliver Parker
  • A Map of the World (1999) – directed by Scott Elliott
  • The End of the Affair (1999) – directed by Neil Jordan
  • Magnolia (1999) – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Ladies Man (2000) – directed by Reginald Hudlin
  • Not I (2000) – directed by Neil Jordan – short
  • Hannibal (2001) – directed by Ridley Scott
  • Evolution (2001)* – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • World Traveler (2001) – directed by Bart Freundlich
  • The Shipping News (2001) – directed by Lasse Hallström
  • Far from Heaven (2002) – directed by Todd Haynes
  • The Hours (2002) – directed by Stephen Daldry
  • Marie and Bruce (2004) – directed by Tom Cairns – also executive producer
  • Laws of Attraction (2004) – directed by Peter Howitt
  • The Forgotten (2004) – directed by Joseph Ruben
  • Trust the Man (2005) – directed by Bart Freundlich
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) – directed by Jane Anderson
  • The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005) – directed by Polly Draper – cameo as herself
  • Freedomland (2006) – Joe Roth
  • Children of Men (2006)* – directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Next (2007) – directed by Lee Tamahori
  • Savage Grace (2007) – directed by Tom Kalin
  • I’m Not There (2007) – directed by Todd Haynes
  • Blindness (2008) – directed by Fernando Meirelles
  • Eagle Eye (2008) – directed by D.J. Caruso – uncredited
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) – directed by Rebecca Miller
  • The Ballad of G.I. Joe (2009) – directed by Daniel Strange – short
  • A Single Man (2009) – directed by Tom Ford
  • Chloe (2009) – directed by Atom Egoyan
  • The Kids Are Alright (2010) – directed by Lisa Cholodenko
  • Electra Luxx (2010) – directed by Sebastian Gutierrez – uncredited
  • 6 Souls (2010) – directed by Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein – aka Shelter
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
  • Game Change (2012) – directed by Jay Roach – TV movie
  • Being Flynn (2012) – directed by Paul Weitz
  • What Maisie Knew (2012) – directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel
  • Don Jon (2013) – directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • The English Teacher (2013) – directed by Craig Zisk
  • Carrie (2013) – directed by Kimberly Peirce
  • Non-Stop (2014) – directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Maps of the Stars (2014) – directed by David Cronenberg
  • Still Alice (2014) – directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) – directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Seventh Son (2014) – directed by Sergei Bodrov
  • Maggie’s Plan (2015) – directed by Rebecca Miller
  • Freeheld (2015) – directed by Peter Sollett
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) – directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Wonderstruck (2017) – directed Todd Haynes
  • Suburbicon (2017) – directed by George Clooney
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)* – directed by Matthew Vaughn
  • Gloria Bell (2018) – directed by Sebastián Lelio
  • Bel Canto (2018) – directed by Paul Weitz
  • After the Wedding (2019) – directed by Bart Freundlich
  • The Staggering Girl (2019) – directed by Luca Guadagnino – short
  • The Glorias (2020) – directed by Julie Taymore
  • The Woman in the Window (2021) – directed by Joe Wright
  • With/In (2021) – directed by Jonathan Cake, Bill Camp, Chris Cooper, Griffin Dunne, Gina Gershon, Sebastian Gutierrez, Arliss Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Elizabeth Marvel, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Nivola, Rosie Perez, Maya Singer, Morgan Spector, & Mickey Sumner – anthology
  • Spirit Untamed (2021) – directed by Elaine Bogan & Ennio Torresan
  • Lisey’s Story (2021) – directed by Pablo Larraín – miniseries
  • Dear Evan Hansen (2021) – directed by Stephen Chbosky
  • When You Finish Saving the World (2022) – directed by Jesse Eisenberg
  • Sharper (2023) – directed by Benjamin Caro
  • May December (202-) – directed by Todd Haynes