Place of Birth: Spring Valley, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 8, 1966 (possibly 1967)
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Julianna Margulies is an American actress and producer. She has starred on the shows ER and The Good Wife, and in the films What’s Cooking? and Ghost Ship, among others.
Julianna is the daughter of Francesca (Goldberg, later Gardner) and Paul Margulies (Paul Eli Margulies). Her father was a writer, philosopher, and creative director in the advertising industry; he wrote many jingles, including “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh What a Relief it Is!” for Alka-Seltzer. Her mother worked as a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher.
Julianna’s parents were both born Jewish (their families were Jewish emigrants from Romania, Austria, Hungary, Latvia, and Russia). During her childhood, Julianna’s parents divorced, and her mother converted to Christianity. Julianna identifies herself as Jewish (though she is not religious). Julianna is married to lawyer Keith Lieberthal (who was raised Jewish). The couple has a son.
Julianna’s patrilineal ancestry most likely traces back to Rabbi Jacob Margolith, who was born in the 15th century, in Worms, Bavaria.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Julianna’s genetic ancestry is:
*96.3% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*3.2% Broadly European
*0.2% Broadly Southern European
*0.1% Eastern European
*0.1% Broadly Northern European
Julianna’s paternal grandfather was Irving Margulies (the son of Pincus Margulles/Margulies and Matilda Lazarus). Irving was born in New York. Pincus and Matilda were born in Romania. Pincus was the son of Abraham Margulies and Beila Riker. Matilda was born in Galatz, the daughter of B. Lazarus/Lazar and Malka Herman.
Julianna’s paternal grandmother was Henrietta G. Greenspan (the daughter of Wolf William Grünspan and Molly/Mollie Tiger/Tieger). Henrietta was born in New York. Wolf and Molly were born in Austria, with Wolf being from Galicia. Molly was the daughter of Samuel A. Tieger and Edith Bodenstein.
Julianna’s maternal grandfather was named Mandel Max Goldberg (later Michael Gardner).
Julianna’s maternal grandmother was Isabel Berman (the daughter of Morris Berman and Ida Ginsberg). Isabel was born in New York. Morris and Ida were born in the Russian Empire, with Ida being from Glazmanka, now in Latvia. Morris was the son of Isack Berman and Annie/Anna Lanar. Ida was the daughter of Merkel/Max Ginsberg and Rebecca/Lena Cohen.
Sources: Genealogy of Julianna Margulies – https://www.geni.com
Julianna’s paternal grandfather, Irving Margulies, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Julianna’s paternal grandmother, Henrietta G. Greenspan, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Julianna’s maternal grandfather, Michael Gardner – http://obits.abqjournal.com
Julianna’s maternal grandmother, Isabel Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org