Known for her outstanding performances on the groundbreaking television series The Good Wife and ER, Julianna Margulies deftly chronicles her life and her work in this deeply powerful memoir.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY GOOD HOUSEKEEPING • “At once a tender coming-of-age story and a deeply personal look at a young woman making sense of the world against a chaotic and peripatetic childhood.”—Katie Couric
As an apple-cheeked bubbly child, Julianna was bestowed with the family nickname “Sunshine Girl.” Shuttled back and forth between her divorced parents, often on different continents, she quickly learned how to be of value to her eccentric mother and her absent father. Raised in fairly unconventional ways in various homes in Paris, England, New York, and New Hampshire, Julianna found that her role among the surrounding turmoil and uncertainty was to comfort those around her, seeking organization among the disorder, making her way in the world as a young adult and eventually an award-winning actress.
Throughout, there were complicated relationships, difficult choices, and overwhelming rejections. But there were also the moments where fate, faith, and talent aligned, leading to the unforgettable roles of a lifetime, both professionally and personally—moments when chaos had finally turned to calm.
Filled with intimate stories and revelatory moments, Sunshine Girl is at once unflinchingly honest and perceptive. It is a riveting self-portrait of a woman whose resilience in the face of turmoil will leave readers intrigued and inspired.
The Emmy-winning star of ER and The Good Wife reflects on family chaos and toxic men in this thoughtful memoir. Margulies spends much of the book on her unsettled upbringing with her divorced mom, Francesca, a seeker who dragged her and her sisters back and forth across the Atlantic and had a string of sketchy boyfriends, while her father, Paul Margulies, the adman behind Alka-Seltzer's immortal "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is" jingle, fretted from a distance. Acting later brought fame and money, but Margulies felt undermined by her toxic 10-year relationship with an actor who goes unnamed in these pages. Once rid of him, a happy marriage and motherhood ensued, along with guilt over endless hours spent away from her family on the Good Wife set. Margulies's narrative is full of piquant anecdotes such as the time her mother brought home a man she met at a nightclub, along with his pet monkey and subtle, evocative character studies that suggest how her rapt attunement to her family's mercurial personalities and self-actualizing impulses nurtured her own creative ambitions. The result is an entertaining and revealing portrait of how a young girl becomes an accomplished actor. Photos.
A very honest and interesting life story that you could pick up and read a few interesting chapters at a time, and pick it up again at a later date but still stay connected. Real people, real emotions and experiences.
Great Read from start to finish
I really enjoyed reading her life story.
We had similar mothers.
So interesting and honestly told.
I couldn’t wait to read it everyday.
Really interesting memoir. Had difficulty putting this book down. I’d say Julianna is an old soul from the start. She had goals and met them! Nice to read that she didn’t turn to drugs and alcohol which would have been easy to do. I admired her as an actress and now I do as a person. Great read.