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Julianne Moore celebrates turning 54

December 3, 2014
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Happy birthday, Julianne Moore! As the Oscar-nominated actress celebrates turning 54, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Julianne, and you...

This is what Julianne, who is a Sagittarius, can be expecting today...  

Fairgrounds and festivals seemingly spring up in an instant. They vanish just as fast. They are here today, gone tomorrow, and that's what gives them their air of excitement. There is something most intimidating and inhibiting about a sense of permanence. So, what about you and me? Aren't our lives too short and too sweet to be spent upholding tedious traditions and respecting restrictive rules? Weren't we placed on this planet so that we could have at least some fun? The sky now speaks of a chance (and a reason) to relax. 

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Julianne Moore started out on TV, with a reccuring role in Days Of Our Lives

Julianne Moore is an American actress and author, who is a four-time Oscar nominee - and on course to be nominated a fifth time in the upcoming awards season.

But before Julianne became a critical darling of Hollywood, she was born Julie Anne Smith on an army base in North Carolina. She moved frequently as a child due to her father's occupation, but discovered a love of acting when the family settled in Germany when Julianne was a teenager.

She later studied at Boston University before moving to New York City where she worked as waitress while auditioning for off-Broadway plays. Julianne's persistence paid off and by the mid-1980s she had a recurring role in daytime soap Days Of Our Lives. In 1988 Julianne won a daytime Emmy award for her performance in the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes.

By the early 1990s Julianne had taken on several supporting roles in big screen features but in 1993 her big break came when auteur Robert Altman cast Julianne in Short Cuts. Her following two films Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe both bolstered her fame, and Julianne began to win awards from independent awards ceremonies.

Julianne's first Oscar nomination came in 1997 for Boogie Nights, and this was followed by a second for The End of the Affair. Later films including Jurassic Park: The Lost World, The Big Lebowski, and Hannibal, cemented Julianne as one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses, and by 2002 Julianne found herself only the ninth actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year, for Far From Heaven and The Hours.

Julianne made her Broadway debut in 2006 but later confessed that she was not happy with the experience, but the following year she emerged as a children's author, writing the New York Times bestselling novel, Freckleface Strawberry. The book spawned several sequels, and Julianne is still writing books based on the characters.

In 2012 she portrayed the American politician Sarah Palin in the adaptation Game Change, and the performance was widely praised, with Julianne winning an Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe award for the performance.

Over the last 12 months, Julianne has starred in the hugely popular The Hunger Games franchise, as President Alma Coin, and won Best Actress at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars with Robert Pattinson.The 54-year-old actress has also been winning rave reviews for her work as a sufferer of early on-set Alzheimer's in Still Alice, for which Julianne is being touted as a possible Oscar winner.Julianne began a relationship with director Bart Freundlich in 1996, and the pair welcomed a son, Caleb in 1997, and a daughter Liv in 2002. Julianne and Bart married in 2003 in New York City.

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