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Name: Julianna Luisa Margulies                                                           
Born: 8 June 1966 Spring Valley, New York, United States                                 
Julianna Luisa Margulies (born June 8, 1966) is an Emmy award-winning American           
actress known for her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on the NBC medical drama ER.           
Margulies, the youngest of three daughters, was born in Spring Valley, New York,         
the daughter of Francesca, a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher, and Paul                 
Margulies, a writer who wrote the Alka-Seltzer catch phrase "Plop, Plop, Fizz,           
Fizz, oh what a relief it is". Margulies attended Green Meadow Waldorf                   
School. As a child, she lived in New York, France, and England. Margulies's               
parents are Jewish, descended from immigrants from Austria, Hungary, and Romania;         
her mother converted to Christianity when Julianna was five years old.                   
Margulies obtained a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared on             
campus in several plays. She studied with James Price at the Acting Studio in             
New York shortly after college.                                                           
Her first movie role was as a prostitute looking to go straight in the Steven             
Seagal film Out for Justice. In 1994, Margulies was cast in a role in the pilot           
episode of ER as a character who, despondent over her relationship with George           
Clooney's character, Doug Ross, attempted suicide. Her character was originally           
supposed to die due to the suicide attempt, however, the producers changed the           
plot and she went on to play the role of Nurse Carol Hathaway for six years,             
winning an Emmy nomination for every year that she was on the show, and the               
award itself for her first year's performance.                                           
Since her departure, Margulies has worked regularly on stage and screen. On               
stage she has 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 since ER includes Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan             
and Ghost Ship with Gabriel Byrne and Ron Eldard, with whom she was romantically         
involved. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the 2001 TNT         
miniseries The Mists of Avalon and participated in the 2002 documentary film             
Searching for Debra Winger . In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in           
season 4 of the hit TV show Scrubs. She starred in another miniseries on TNT,             
The Grid in 2004. In April 2006 she appeared in three episodes of the sixth               
season of The Sopranos, portraying realtor Julianna Skiff. In August 2006, she           
appeared in Snakes on a Plane, as flight attendant Claire Miller. In December             
2006 she played Jennifer Bloom in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.           
In an August 2006 interview with tvguide.com, Margulies admitted that she was             
close to accepting an offer to return to ER for a four-episode arc with Noah             
Wyle that filmed in Hawaii during the 2005-2006 season. However, she decided             
against it at the last minute. The interview went on to say that she appreciates         
the fact that the ER producers ask her back each and every year, she "love(s)             
that they do".                                                                           
She had a minor role in 2007's The Darwin Awards.