A former art history enthusiast-turned-actress, Julianna Margulies cut her teeth on the New York theater scene before catapulting to stardom and critical acclaim as the capable but conflicted nurse Carol Hathaway on the hit medical series, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Originally, her character was to be killed off by a drug overdose in the pilot, but the actress proved herself so likeable and relatable both onscreen and off, that she was kept on board what soon became a monster hit. She was, however, often left out of the spotlight, particularly during the publicity for the show, but Margulies was eventually vindicated with an Emmy win and earned the envy of millions of women for forging an onscreen romance with George Clooney's Dr. Doug Ross. After leaving "ER" in 2000, Margulies embarked on a series of low-profile features and guest starring roles that kept her out of the mainstream spotlight, despite their challenging nature. She finally returned to a leading series role with the short-lived "Canterbury's Law" (Fox, 2007), followed by the critical and commercial hit "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ), reminding audiences of the exceptional talent and onscreen charisma they had fallen for years before.