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Julie Anne Smith
December 3, 1960
Moore was born at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina. Her father, Peter Moore Smith, was a paratrooper in the United States Army, who later attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge. Her mother, Anne, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, Scotland, who emigrated to the United States as a child in 1950.
Her first screen role came in 1984, in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night.
In 1985 she joined the cast of As the World Turns. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, the intensive work provided an important learning experience for Moore, who looks back on the job fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility".
Moore made her cinematic debut in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, playing a mummy's victim.
The filmmaker Robert Altman saw Moore in Uncle Vanya, and was sufficiently impressed to cast her in his next project: the ensemble drama Short Cuts (1993). Moore was pleased to work with him, as it was Altman who had given her an appreciation for cinema when she saw his 1977 film 3 Women in college.
The year 2002 marked a high point in Moore's career, as she became the ninth performer in history to be nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year.
Moore has been described in the media as one of the most talented and accomplished actresses of her generation. As a woman in her 50s, she is unusual in being an older actress who continues to work regularly and in prominent roles.
In October 2013, Moore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
People magazine has named Moore one of the world's most beautiful people on four of its annual beauty lists (1995, 2003, 2008, 2013).
Alongside her acting work, Moore has established a career as a children's author. Her first book, Freckleface Strawberry, was published in October 2007 and became a New York Times Best Seller.
Freckleface Strawberry has been adapted into a musical, written by Rose Caiola and Gary Kupper, which premiered at the New World Stages, New York, in October 2010. Moore had an input in the production, particularly through requesting that it retain the book's young target audience. The show has since been licensed and performed at several venues, which she calls "extremely gratifying and extremely flattering".
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards
1998: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Boogie Nights
2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role - The End Of The Affair
2003: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Far From Heaven
2003: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - The Hours
Has been nominated for 6 Golden Globes with one win in 2013 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Game Change
The Hand That Roks The Cradle
Benny & Joon
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Myth Of Fingerprints
The Big Lebowski
An Ideal Husband
A Map Of The World
The End Of The Affair
Far From Heaven
Children of Men
The Are All Right
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Pt. 1 & 2