Julianna Margulies, born June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley, New York, USA, is an actress. She stars as Nurse Carol Hathaway from the first season until the sixth season. She reprised the role for "Old Times", an episode of the fifteenth and final season. She initially appeared in the series pilot "24 Hours" as a guest star, with her character's suicide attempt being a major plot point. The character was expected to die at the end of the pilot episode. Test audience response to her character was so positive that the producers elected to make her a series regular. She has also appeared in the films Ghost Ship (2002) and Snakes on a Plane (2006). She has been the lead actress in the CBS drama series The Good Wife since 2010.