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Julianne Moore born Julie Anne Smith, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The daughter of a military judge and a Scottish social worker, her family moved around a lot before Moore found a place for herself at Boston University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in acting from the School of the Performing Arts.
After graduating in 1983, Moore moved to New York and worked extensively in theater, including appearances off-Broadway in two Caryl Churchill plays, Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge and as Ophelia in Hamlet at The Guthrie Theatre. From 1985 to 1988, she starred on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns as half-sisters Sabrina and Frannie, for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1988.
After some forgettable television appearances, Moore made her big screen debut in the 1990 horror comedy Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, is which she played a mummy’s victim. Two years later she was appearing in supporting roles such as in the 1992 thriller The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and the 1992 comedy The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag. She kept on winning small yet memorable roles such as the doctor who spotted Harrison Ford’s Dr. Richard Kimble in 1993’s The Fugitive. She then found her way into the RomCom genre with 1995’s Nine Months. Moore also isn’t afraid of a little action, which she displayed starring in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park and alongside Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Assassins. She’s been nominated four times for an Academy Award and shows no signs of slowing down.
In honor or her 53rd birthday, here is a Top 10 list of Julianne Moore movies.