Julianna Margulies: Good Wife, Great Life

When she turned down $27 million to stay with ER, the world thought she was nuts. But after a rocky few years, Julianna Margulies now has a brilliant series, a family after 40 and a confidence she’s never known before 

by Johanna Schneller
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Ladies and gentlemen! Step right this way and prepare to be amazed. Before us is a creature so rare, she’s practically mythological. Her name is Julianna Margulies, and she is The Woman Who Has It All.

Consider the evidence: At 45, an age when many actresses sink out of sight like stones in the sea, Margulies is doing the best work of her career, starring as law-firm associate Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, the CBS series that boasts a passionate following and a whole shelf of awards. After decades of believing that marriage wasn’t for her, Margulies met and married Keith Lieberthal, an attorney six years her junior. A happy accident (Margulies was seven months pregnant at her wedding) brought them their son, Kieran, now four. Add to those blessings friends from coast to coast who sing her praises.“I think the world of her,” says Christine Baranski, who plays the firm’s founding partner Diane Lockhart. “She’s the gold standard of elegance, integrity and intelligence. I know I will have great conversations with her in 10 years. It’s going to be fun to be her friend all down the road.”

“Julianna works really hard, and she doesn’t take any shit,” says Alan Cumming, who plays Alicia’s irascible colleague Eli Gold. “But she also makes it fun. It took me ages to get her name, ‘Mrs. Florrick,’ right,” he mischievously adds. “I kept calling her Mrs. Frolic. Freudian slip.”

And now here Margulies sits, sipping an iced cappuccino in the library of the Crosby Street Hotel in New York’s SoHo, a 10-minute walk from her home, looking and behaving exactly the way you’d want her to...

Read the rest of Julianna's story in the April 2012 issue of More, on newsstands now!

Johanna Schneller previously profiled Diane Keaton for More.

Next: Julianna Margulies dishes on The Good Wife

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First Published Fri, 2012-03-23 10:57

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