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Full Name: Julianna Luisa Margulies
Birth Date: June 8, 1966
Birthplace: Spring Valley, New York
Spouse: Kieth Lieberthal, married November 10, 2007
Children: Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal, born January 17, 2008
Mother: Francesca Goldberg
Father: Paul Margulies
Siblings: Two sisters; Alexandra and Rachel


Julianna Luisa Margulies (June 8, 1966) is the youngest of three daughters born in Spring Valley, New York to Jewish parents whose ancestors emigrated from Europe. Her parents were both born Jewish (descended from immigrants from Romania, Austria, Hungary, and Russia). Her mother, Francesca, was a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher who converted to Christianity when her children were young, though Julianna herself still identifies as Jewish. Her father, Paul Margulies, was a writer, philosopher, and well-known Madison Avenue advertising executive who was the genius behind the jingle lyrics in the famous ad campaign for Alka-Seltzer, “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.”. The Margulies family lived in Israel for a period of time before Julianna’s birth and moved back to the Upper West Side of New York City. They then relocated to Paris, France when she was two years old, and to England when she was four. Julianna attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School and high school at High Mowing School, a boarding school in New Hampshire. She obtained a B.A. degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared in several plays on campus.


Julianna is a Golden Globe and three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner. She has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, making her the second most awarded woman ever within SAG. Julianna achieved wide recognition for her role as Carol Hathaway on NBC’s long-running medical drama ER. Her character was originally intended to die; however, the producers changed the plot and made Carol Hathaway a main cast member. Julianna remained on the show for six seasons until 2000.

After leaving the series, Margulies worked on stage and screen. On stage, she appeared in a MCC Theater production of Kate Robin’s Intrigue With Faye, a Lincoln Center production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Ten Unknowns, and The Vagina Monologues. Her film work after ER included Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship (2002) with Gabriel Byrne. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001) and participated in the documentary film Searching for Debra Winger (2002).

In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in season 4 of the hit TV show Scrubs as Neena Broderick and starred in another miniseries on TNT, The Grid. In 2006, she appeared in four episodes of the sixth season of The Sopranos, portraying realtor Julianna Skiff and in Snakes on a Plane as flight attendant Claire Miller. In 2008, Margulies starred in the legal series Canterbury’s Law, a Fox mid-season replacement show. She played the title character, Elizabeth Canterbury and was also credited as a producer of the show. The series was severely affected by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and was cancelled by the network after only six episodes. In 2009, she took on the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal drama The Good Wife on CBS and beginning with season three, received producer credit for the remainder of the series. In 2018, Julianna started her run as savvy magazine editor Kitty Montgomery in AMC’s comedic drama Dietland, which is based on Sarai Walker’s novel by the same name.


“Before Keith, I used to go to dinner with a date and I’d look around the
restaurant and someone else was always having a better time than me. With Keith
it’s like I married the party. Anne Bancroft said it about Mel Brooks — that she
always knew the party was about to begin once she heard her husband’s keys in
the door. That’s how I feel.”

On November 10, 2007, Julianna married attorney Keith Lieberthal, the son of academic Kenneth Lieberthal, in Lenox, Massachusetts. She gave birth to their son, Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal, on January 17, 2008.

“I married a rock, who understands what I do without any resentment and I’ve got a
joyful, easy kid.”

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