There are names that are pretty much synonymous to the acting profession as an institution. Those who have contributed so much to the art that the institution of Acting cannot be described or talked about without speaking of their impact on it. One of those names is Julianne Moore. One of America’s famous redhead has been at the summit of the profession for decades, weaving her way in and out of some of the best films and television shows in recent years.
Juliane Moore has won every available award to an actress, achieving both critical and commercial success. Her success has earned her an undisputed tag as one of the most talented actresses of her generation and on the planet as a whole. There is a lot to learn about the life and career of Julianne Moore and we talk about a few of them below.
Julianne Moore’s Biography
One fact that many would be surprised by is, Julianne Moore was actually born Julie Anne Smith. That was her birth name when she was born on the 3rd of December, 1960 on an army base in North Carolina, specifically Fort Bragg, to parents Peter Moore Smith and Anne Smith. Her Scottish roots, which manifests in her iconic red hair, is from her mother who is of Scottish descent.
Julianne Moore’s acting style has been described as one that consistently connects to the human condition and Moore herself has acknowledged her preference for roles that show human vulnerability. Her preference might be a result of her experience as a child, traveling across the country, experiencing the lives of different people, a benefit of her father’s work as a military judge. Some of the places she lived in include Georgia, Alaska, Panama, New York, Alabama.
Her academic prowess initially pointed towards a life as a medical doctor, but her hobby as an avid reader drove her into acting. Through the desire to see characters in her favorite books come to life, she joined the theatre in her school, Frankfurt American High School and appeared in several plays. Her ability as an actress in these plays drove her English teacher to advise her to pursue a career in acting. She went on to study Theatre at Boston University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983.
Her professional name came to be Julianne Moore when she was ready to begin her professional career and register her name with the Actors’ Equity. With names like Julie Smith and Julie Anne Smith already registered, she was forced to adopt a new name, eventually settling for Julianne Moore. She started her professional acting life in 1985 on Off-Broadway before she appeared on screen for the first time in the very same year in a television show, The Edge of Night. She did not have to wait very long for her big break as she got it the following year in As the World Turns. She played dual roles on the show and won her first major award as a result, winning a Daytime Emmy Award.
Julianne had her first feature-length film appearance in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, a 1990 horror film. She starred in a couple of films in the early 90s before she got her real big-screen breakthrough Short Cuts, a 1993 film. In the next two years after Short Cuts release, she appeared in Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe. All three films helped solidify Julianne’s reputation as a formidable actress, a reputation that has remained till this day.
Since then, she has appeared several films and television shows, winning multiple awards in the process. She is currently one of the most nominated and awarded actresses in the industry. She has also won the impressive feat of winning the Best Actress Award at the three major film festivals, becoming the second woman and fourth person in history to achieve the feat.
Julianne is also a published author. She writes the Freckleface Strawberry series, which so far has six books. She has also published another book, My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me.
Julianne Moore is considered to be worth $50 million. It comes as no surprise with her filmography containing several commercially successful films like The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Hannibal, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, to mention just a few.
Is Julianne Moore Lesbian? Husband, Daughter
Julianne Moore is a big supporter of gay rights amidst several other subjects of activism, she is however not gay or lesbian. So far, she has been married twice, to John Gould Rubin in 1986 but got divorced in 1995 after initial separation in 1993. She remarried in 2003 to Bart Freundlich, whom she had been dating since 1996. The couple has two children – a son, who was born in 1997 and a daughter, Liv Freundlich who was born in April 2002.