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Margulies CHARTS A COURSE THROUGH HER FAVORITE FRENCH
CITY. PHOTOGRAPH BY ONDREA BARBE.
"French was my first language,"
SAYS JULIANNA MARGULIES, "BUT, OF COURSE, I'VE
FORGOTTEN IT ALL, EXCEPT FOR THE ACCENT." THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE,
GIVEN THAT MARGULIES MOVED TO PARIS WITH HER MOTHER AND TWO SISTERS
WHEN SHE WAS ONLY THREE AND STAYED THERE JUST TWO YEARS. HER
PARENTS HAD DIVORCED, BUT IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER,
THEY BOTH MOVED FROM NEW YORK TO PARIS WHEN HER FATHER'S WORK AS AN
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE TOOK HIM OVERSEAS. "MY DAD LIVED ON THE RIGHT
BANK, AND MY SISTERS AND I LIVED WITH MY MOM ON THE LEFT BANK," SHE
SAYS. "I DON'T REMEMBER MUCH, EXCEPT FOR WHAT THEY TELL ME. BUT
PARIS HAS JUST ALWAYS STAYED WITH ME."
That's why the actress started making nearly annual trips to the
French capital once she'd grown up and put some money in the bank.
At first, it wasn't much money. Her initial return to Paris was
just after high school graduation, when she visited the city as a
backpacker. "It isn't so much fun in Paris when you're broke,"
Margulies says. On her next trip, she wasn't quite as broke; she
was on a publicity tour for ER, the NBC
show on which she earned a fan base, critical acclaim, an Emmy
Award, and enough money to do what she wanted to artistically. In
1999, after six seasons on the show, Margulies walked away from a
$27 million contract extension because she felt that her character
- nurse Carol Hathaway - had run its course. But in April she
returns to series TV with a new character in a new profession. In
Fox's Canterbury's Law, Margulies stars as
Elizabeth Canterbury, a criminal-defense attorney who is smart,
sexy, and willing to push the limits of the law in order to protect
Margulies's return to TV is highly anticipated in Hollywood
circles. But when she wants to escape those circles, she returns,
as always, to Paris, where her main objective is just to get lost.
Here's her "map" to losing yourself in the City of Light.
You are here: My favorite place to stay is
on the Île Saint-Louis. It's a really small island that's central
to everything. The Seine is on both sides, and you have this
unbelievable view of Notre-Dame and an unbelievable view of the
entire city. You've got the whole city surrounding you, so you
really feel what Paris is. You can walk the whole [island] in less
than 20 minutes. You see all the boats going by. It's magical. I
like staying in an apartment there so you can go to the open
markets and you can buy the food and cook something. You get more
of a feel of any city if you actually stay in an apartment.