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Name: Julianne Moore                                                                     
Birth name: Julie Anne Smith                                                             
Born: 3 December 1960 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States                         
Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress.         
She has been nominated for four Academy Awards.                                           
Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, near Fayetteville, North Carolina,         
the daughter of Anne, a psychiatric social worker who emigrated from Dunoon,             
Scotland, and Peter Moore Smith, a military lawyer, judge, helicopter pilot and           
army colonel. She has a younger sister, Valerie, and younger brother,                     
novelist Peter Moore Smith III. Growing up as an "army brat" she lived in                 
several places across the United States and Germany. Moore attended Frankfurt             
American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, graduating in 1979. She received             
her Bachelor's degree at the College of Fine Arts in Boston University.                   
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. Because of Screen Actors Guild rules, she had to change her name, since             
there were already actresses named "Julie Smith" and "Julianne Smith". She               
chose her father's middle name, "Moore", but because there was already another           
actress named "Julie Moore", she finally settled on "Julianne Moore."                     
Moore began starring in feature films in the early 1990s, mostly appearing in             
supporting roles in films like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Benny and Joon,           
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, 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.                                                                 
Her film Freedomland opened in February 2006 to mixed reviews. Another film,             
Trust the Man, is directed by her husband, Bart Freundlich, and also features             
her son, Caleb. In March 2006, it was announced Moore would make her Broadway             
debut in the world premiere of David Hare's new play The Vertical Hour. The play         
opened in November 2006 and was directed by Sam Mendes. She most recently                 
appeared opposite Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel in Next, a science fiction               
action film based on The Golden Man, a short story by Philip K. Dick.                     
In October 2007, she published her first children's picture book, entitled               
Freckleface Strawberry.                                                                   
It was reported that in May 2008, she would appear on the ABC show Desperate             
Housewives as the sister of Marcia Cross' character, Bree Hodge. Michael                 
Ausiello of TVGuide.com later reported this to be false.