Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Julianne Moore - 1960

Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is a British–American actress and children's author. I will not talk in details about her acting carrier so she is a versatile actress who most recently scored Oscar nominations for The Hours and Far From Heaven, she has excelled in blockbusters, comedy and serious drama.The award-winning actress Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1960. She was born into a military family; her father Peter worked as a judge in the US Army's Judge Advocate General Corps.Her mother, who was called Ann, was a Scottish-born psychiatric social worker.Peter Smith's work as an army judge meant that the family moved around a great deal whilst young Moore was growing up, living in army bases as far-flung as Alabama, New Jersey, Nebraska, Juneau in Alaska, Panama and Germany - around two dozen locations, all told.But this peripatetic upbringing doesn't appear to have affected Moore adversely, since she happily describes herself as a "proud army brat". Moore has a younger sister, Valerie, and a brother called Peter Moore Smith III, who is a novelist by profession.Moore grew up in an atmosphere of intellectual and emotional enquiry, as her parents would both discuss their various cases at the dinner table. She graduated from Frankfurt High School in Frankfurt, Germany in 1979, and was initially encouraged to take up acting by her English teacher at school.Her parents weren't keen on her choice of career, as they'd both hoped she'd opt for something more stable - but her mind was made up. As a compromise solution, she attended the College of Fine Arts in Boston, where she majored in drama, thereby combining her acting training with an academic degree.After she'd been awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Moore moved to New York to pursue her dreams of acting. But when she tried to register with the Actors Guild, she was dismayed to discover that she couldn't use her own name, since there was already another actress called Julie Smith. So she tagged on her mother's Christian name Ann to her own name, and took her father's middle name as a surname, thus arriving at her stage name - Julianne Moore.Moore met her first husband, the actor and stage director John Gould Rubin, in 1984. They married on May 3, 1986, when she was 25. Moore separated from Rubin in 1993, which she has called the biggest decision of her life. "I got married too early and I really didn't want to be there", she has since explained.
Their divorce was finalized in August 1995, and the pair are no longer in contact.In 1996, Moore began a relationship with Bart Freundlich, her director on The Myth of Fingerprints. He was 26 and she was 35. The couple have a son, Caleb (born December 1997) and a daughter, Liv (born April 2002).They wed in August 2003, and live in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Moore says, "We have a very solid family life, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done." She tries to keep her family close when working, and picks material that is practical for her as a parent. "Just like every other working parent", she says, "I'm trying to figure out: 'How do I work, how am I available for soccer games, how can I make sure that I'm home when everybody's doing their homework?'"Moore is politically liberal, and supported Barack Obama at the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. She is a pro-choice activist, and sits on the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood. She is also a campaigner for gay rights, and since 2008 she has been an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children. Regarding religion, Moore has implied that she is an atheist. When asked on Inside the Actors Studio what God might say to her upon arrival at heaven, she gave God's response as, "Well I guess you were wrong, I do exist."Moore has said she finds little value in the concept of celebrity, and is concerned with living a "normal" life. Upon meeting her, the journalist Suzie Mackenzie described Moore as "the most unostentatious of stars", and she attracts little gossip or tabloid attention. She is humble about her profession ("it's just a person with a job") and casual in her appearance. Moore is known for maintaining a natural image and refraining from botox and plastic surgery. "I feel like it doesn't make people look any younger. It makes them look like they've had surgery", she said on The Early Show in 2009; "It's an aesthetic that's not human.

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