Julianne Moore was born on December 3, 1960, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The daughter of a social psychiatrist and a military judge, young Julianne lived the nomadic1 lifestyle that often characterizes army families, and called nearly two dozen places home throughout her formative years2.
Abrupt3 moves between such distinct locales as Panama, Germany and Alaska made for a childhood of perpetual4 transition5, but one static element in Julianne Moore’s life was her passion6 for acting. A love of reading instilled7 in her a sense of fiction, and being raised by a psychiatrist and a judge gave her a window into the world of emotional drama. Theater clubs and school productions8 were a constant for Julianne, regardless9 of location, and by the time she graduated from high school, she had settled10 upon pursuing an acting career.
Julianne Moore’s parents initially balked11 at the notion12 of her entering the insecure13 acting job market, but a compromise was reached whereby14 she would attend university, majoring in drama but benefiting15 from a well-rounded education16. By 1983, Julianne Moore had fulfilled17 her part of the bargain18, receiving her B.F.A.19 from Boston University’s School of the Performing Arts. Still intent20 on becoming a professional actor, Julianne Moore moved to New York City to seek work. It didn’t take her long to find it, and she was soon appearing in a number of off-Broadway theater productions.
In 1984, Julianne Moore landed her first television gig on the series The Edge of the Night, and shortly thereafter21 won a regular role on the daytime soap22 As the World Turns, which proved to be a turning point in the careers of fellow thespians23 like Martin Sheen, Courteney Cox and Lauryn Hill — and the case was no different for Julianne Moore. In 1988, she was awarded a Daytime Emmy for her work on As the World Turns, and her visibility as an actor was upped considerably24.
After a three-year stint, Julianne Moore left the soap opera world, seeking to extend her resume to the big screen. Her first few movie roles — in Slaughterhouse II (1988), Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) and the Madonna vehicle Body of Evidence (1992) — were forgettable25. A bit role in the 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle garnered26 Julianne Moore some attention, but it wasn’t until the next year that she really broke out on the big screen with two significant27 performances.
Her role as a suspicious doctor in The Fugitive — albeit28 a small one — caught a number of eyes, among them those of Steven Spielberg, who was sufficiently impressed with Julianne Moore to cast her in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (released in 1997) without an audition.
In 1994, Julianne Moore received the Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Actress for her work in Vanya on 42nd Street. Her rendition29 of the character Amber Waves in 1997’s Boogie Nights won her Supporting Actress30 awards from both the Los Angeles and the National Film Critics’ Associations, as well as a Golden Satellite Award and an Academy Award nomination.
In 1999, she was rewarded with the National Board of Review’s Best Supporting Actress Award for her parts in Magnolia, An Ideal Husband and A Map of the World. She received a second Oscar nomination for 1999’s The End of the Affair, and garnered further respect for her roles in Gus Van Sant’s remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho (1998), Hannibal (2001) and The Shipping News (2001).
In 2002, Julianne Moore appeared in Far from Heaven and The Hours with Nicole Kidman. She also welcomed her daughter, Liv Helen, into the world.
Then, in 2004, Julianne Moore worked on projects like Marie and Bruce, Laws of Attraction, and the forgettable The Forgotten.
In 2005, she added The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio and Trust the Man to her resume. The projects she lined up through 2006 included Children of Men and Freedomland.
After starring alongside31 Samuel L. Jackson in the crime drama Freedomland in 2006, Julianne Moore appeared in the Oscar-nominated flick Children of Men.
The popular actress then starred in Next (2007) with Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel, following that up32 with roles in Savage Grace and I’m Not There with Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale.
Given her workload33, Moore doesn’t get to spend much time in the Greenwich village home she shares with her husband Bart Freundlich and her kids. Her reward will surely come soon. Having received a prestigious Piper Heidsick Award at the Sundance Festival, and having been four times nominated at the Academy Awards, it will be no surprise if she’s a multi-Oscar winner by 2010. In fact, it will be a crime if she isn’t.
1 nomadic – кочующий, странствующий
2 formative years – молодые годы
3 abrupt – неожиданно, внезапно
4 perpetual – непрекращающийся, бессрочный
5 transition – перемещение, переход
6 passion – страсть, сильное желание
7 instil – внушать, прививать
8 school productions – школьные постановки
9 regardless – вне зависимости от чего-либо
10 settled – решенный, неизбежный
11 balked - препятствовали
12 notion – идея, точка зрения
13 insecure - ненадежный
14 whereby – посредством чего-либо
15 benefiting - преимущественно
16 well-rounded education – всестороннее образование
17 fulfill – завершать, выполнять что-либо
18 bargain – соглашение, сделка
19 B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) - бакалавр изобразительных искусств
20 intent - намереваться
21 thereafter – после этого
22 daytime soap – сериал, «мыльная опера», идущая в дневное время
23 thespian – актер, актриса
24 considerably – значительно, много
25 forgettable - незапоминающийся
26 garnered – (зд.) уделять (внимание)
27 significant – значительный, знаменательный
28 albeit – хотя и...
29 rendition – изложение, интерпретация
30 supporting actress – актриса второго плана
31 alongside – наряду с кем-либо
32 follow up – следовать за чем-либо
33 workload – рабочая нагрузка
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