Julianne Nicholson (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress.
Nicholson was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts
(outside Boston), and is the oldest of four siblings. After graduating from Arlington Catholic High School
, she modeled in New York for six months, quit for a year, then resumed her modeling career in Paris for another six months. After returning to New York, she attended Hunter College
as a general studies major for two years. While in New York, Nicholson supported herself by waitressing and eventually left school to study acting and begin her professional career.
In 2004, she married British actor Jonathan Cake in Italy; their son Ignatius was born in September 2007. They met playing a couple on an unaired HBO pilot called Marriage.
One of Nicholson's favorite movies is Living in Oblivion, by director Tom DiCillo.
In her first feature film role she starred opposite Michael Caine
and James Spader
in Curtain Call
. Later she won what proved to be both her breakthrough and favorite role as a headstrong young feminist in The Love Letter
with Tom Selleck
and Kate Capshaw
. Her other feature film credits include the independent films Tully
and Passion of Mind
, as well as One True Thing
and Long Time Since
Among Nicholson's television credits are a starring role in the television miniseries Storm of the Century and guest-starring roles in ER and Law & Order. She was also one of the main cast members of hit show Ally McBeal for half a season. Nicholson played Christina Finn on the short-lived NBC television drama, Conviction. She replaced Annabella Sciorra as a detective, Megan Wheeler, in the sixth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Nicholson said her favorite Criminal Intent episode was Weeping Willow, which she described it as "really different from a lot of the ones we've done before and very exciting and current."
Nicholson is to play the lead role of Sara Quinn in John Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, for release in 2008.
- Law & Order - Jessie Lucas (episode 11.20 "All My Children") (2001)
- ER - Jordan Dunn (episodes 10.19 "Just a Touch" and 10.20 "Abby Normal") (2004)