|Famous For: ER, The Good Wife||Currently Known For: Actress and Producer|
Currently Known For Actress and Producer
Julianna Margulies is an incredibly successful television actress and producer. Though it took her a few years to land her breakout role on NBC’s medical drama ER, Margulies has been on a steady come up since her very first big screen appearance. There’s no denying Julianna’s incredible talent, but some of her success in the industry can be attributed to her very supportive parents who were creatives themselves.
Margulies grew up with two older sisters in Spring Valley, New York. The three girls were raised by their mother, Francesca Gardner – a ballet dancer, and father, Paul Margulies – a writer and Madison Avenue advertising executive. During her childhood, the family moved around quite a bit, and before Julianna attended college, they’ve lived in New York, France, and England.
In her late teens, Margulies discovered a love for performance arts, and as a result enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College to pursue her passion. While studying towards her liberal arts degree, the young actress-to-be was a regular in campus plays and other creative projects. Almost immediately after her graduation, 24-year-old Julianna decided that she would become an actress, and began auditioning for any role that was open.
Less than a year later, Margulies already managed to secure her very first acting gig, and in 1991 she made her big screen debut (as a prostitute) in Steven Seagal’s crime thriller - Out for Justice. Though the role wasn’t very glamorous, Julianna’s performance was impressive enough to attract the attention of at least a couple casting directors.
By 1994, Margulies was starting to get quite comfortable in front of the camera, and her career as a movie star was about to take off. That same year she landed a key role on NBC’s ER, playing an emergency care nurse. Though her character was initially intended to die, the producers of the show changed their mind and Margulies remained on the show for 6 long seasons.
Being cast in ER ended up being the tipping point of her career, and as the show grew in popularity, so did the up-and-coming Julianna. Her incredible performance on the series led to countless award nominations, and an Emmy Award win for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. Aside from the accolades and national recognition, ER provided a very solid paycheck for the then-32-year-old.
Despite taking home tens of thousands per episode and being offered a $27 million deal for the seventh season of ER, Margulies decided to walk away from the series in 2000. At the time, there was a lot of speculation as to why she would pass up on such a lucrative offer, but the actress didn’t break her silence until nearly a decade later:
“My dad said, 'If you got hit by a bus tomorrow, were you living your life truthfully, or were you waiting to get rich?' If I died and my soul started leaving my body, would I be looking down going, 'You idiot. You could have gone to Prague, you could have been on Broadway'? Those are the things I wanted to do."”
After quitting ER, many thought that Margulies had committed career suicide, but the actress wasn’t so concerned herself. "I had a year's worth of work waiting and a mortgage completely paid at age 32,” she said. “I was under no illusion that I was going to be some big movie star.”
Since then, Margulies pursued work that she was truly passionate about. She’s worked on several stage productions, a documentary, a few films, and several television shows - mainly as a guest-star. In 2009, she landed her biggest gig to date, playing Alicia Florrick in the popular CBC legal drama The Good Wife.
Though money was never the motivation behind any of Margulies’ career moves, The Good Wife pays very handsomely. According to several sources, the actress takes home approximately $180,000 per episode. The well-paying gig on The Good Wife, along with many of her other showbiz ventures have made Julianna a small fortune. As of 2016, her net worth is estimated at $22 million and counting!
As you can probably tell by now, Margulies is far from materialistic, but make no mistake, she’s certainly living a life only a few of us can even imagine. For starters, the Emmy-winning star lives in a gorgeous (and family-friendly) Manhattan abode. Though the home is only 2,200 square feet, its loft-life design makes for plenty of living space.
The property was originally designed as two separate units - a small studio apartment and a two bedroom. Margulies decided to combine the two for optimum comfort. The apartment comes to life thanks to incredibly tall ceilings and massive double paned windows. Though Margulies has more than enough money to hire a professional interior designer, the actress decided to decorate the home herself, and we must say - she did a great job.
Aside from the lavish property in the heart of NYC, Margulies doesn’t spend her money on much. Sure she’s usually spotted out and about dressed and accessorized head to toe in the latest designer fashions, but for someone sitting on $22 million buying a Chanel purse is hardly significant.