Origins: Born Julie Anne Smith in Fayetteville, N.C., the daughter of a military judge and a psychiatric social worker.

Birthdate: December 3, 1960.

Higher education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the School of Performing Arts, Boston University.

Personal details: Natural redhead; left-handed. Advocates pro-choice and is an active member of Planned Parenthood.

Residences: Lives in Greenwich Village in a three-bedroom loft she and her partner Bart Freundlich purchased in 1999 for a reported $900,000. Has recently bought a penthouse in the same building.

As seen on TV: For her turn as psycho half-sisters, Frannie and Sabrina, on the long-running soap “As the World Turns” from 1985-1988, she took the Outstanding Ingenue Daytime Emmy Award in 1988.

Most challenging role: Linda Partridge in “Magnolia.” “That was very difficult. Paul [Thomas Anderson] wanted her performed at a high pitch constantly and she wasn’t likeable. Yet I wanted people to understand this person defined by being rich.”

On watching her films: “I usually only see my own movies once, twice at the most.”

Biggest paycheck: A reported $3 million for “Hannibal” in 2001.

Biggest model deal: Her new Revlon contract, which is over $3 million.

On motherhood: “Everything you do in life expands your life as an artist and, in that sense as well, motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me. It has given me access to things, artistically and emotionally, that I never had before.”

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