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Publisher's Summary

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.

“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 listeners intrigued and inspired. 

©2021 Julianna Margulies (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Loved it!

I listened to this biography on my commute to work & actually could hardly wait to get back in my car to listen more! Julianna’s voice & the way she pronounced words was what I noticed right away! I didn’t even know the book existed until I saw a quick clip of Oprah interviewing Julianna. I was intrigued as I loved her character on The Good Wife. This book did not disappoint! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about where she started & where she is now. I would definitely listen to it again.

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Only unexpected is the whining about her privilege

I went into this memoir with no particular pre-conceptions about Ms. Margulies. I’d never seen The Good Wife, and had only vague memories of ER, a show I sometimes caught when my toddler was sleeping. But I was intrigued by the subtitle and thought I’d give it a go.
First, this is a very ordinary life for a white girl born to parents who had the luxury of choosing to do unconventional things. But whining about 5 years of horse riding and horse camp, of a childhood spanning the great cities of London, Paris and New York, and not even bothering to look at all critically at the Steiner/Waldorf ideology that still educates in pursuit of creating a “superior race” from the best stock is, at best, tedious. Millions upon millions of kids grow up with parents who divorce with far greater acrimony, and far far worse than the somewhat benign neglect and somewhat narcissistic personality of a parent — Themes Ms. Margulies really does not delve into but repeatedly glances off.
By the end of the book she is so self-impressed that she refers to her days on set as a pretend-lawyer as “having to be in court for 5 hours”. That’s not an actor taking her craft seriously; it’s bloody delusional.
And the disdain for colleagues she perceives as inadequately serious taints whatever truisms there *might be* about gender issues in the workforce. Yet again, Ms. Margulies forgets the most working mothers do not have the privileges she enjoys. She was hardly down in the trenches with the rest of us.
By the end of the audio-book I was shouting aloud, “Oh please!” and “You can’t be serious!”
Enough. Listen/read at your own discretion.

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  • 2021-06-22

Super!

It was such a delight listening, fascinating stories. I enjoyed her narration very much.

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Excellence. Pure excellence.

What a fantastic book. I was so enthralled by her story. I couldn't believe some of it and yet felt so connected to her. Well spoken and easy to listen. I want to be her friend.

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Interesting compelling story told well

Loved her voice and felt the story was told more meaningfully as it was hers. Interesting life, person, perspective. Enjoyed it very much.

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refreshing story

this was a great story, very well narratorated, I couldn't turn it off. I didn't want it to end.

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Loved........Sunshine Girl

I loved this book and so delighted to hear Julianna narrate it!! Interesting life story that I think alot of us can relate to as our childhood is what shapes who we are, what choices we make and good on her to have figured that all out...haha coz the rest of us are still trying to. I was so sad when the book was over....I just wanted to hear more.

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Down to earth

Though I thought her story was short, I really loved it she is really down to earth and has explained her life with the ups and downs a very nice read. Congrats sunshine girl

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  • Jeannette L.
  • 2021-06-21

Cringe-y at times, but entertaining

I feel like this book is perfect for Juliana Margulies super fans or the upper class. Since I’m neither, I didn’t love it. In fact, at certain points I was cringing and hard eye rolling. She seems like a sweet and genuine person, but sooo out of touch with what real struggle is.

She talks about “having” to waitress to make a living before she made it in acting, but she always had a rich father to fall back on for support if ever she needed. She laments not having a regular doctor as a kid and not going to the dentist for like two years. I know everyone has struggles and I am not trying to demean hers, but the complaints seemed quite out of touch with 99% of America and trite sometimes. She even complained about people recognizing her and trying to talk to her while purchasing a $300 pan at the store. Hard eye roll.

Having said all that, I listened to the whole thing and found lots of the story fun to listen to. So if you’re not already kind of angry about income inequality and the rich/poor divide, give it a listen!

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  • Edward Barck
  • 2021-05-08

Unexpectedly fabulous!

I saw her on the Jimmy Kimmel late night show. Just listening to her talk, I knew I had to get the book, which I did that night. I have listened to the entire book in two days and loved it. I feel like I know her. She reads her words so beautifully. It was a great listening experience. Needless to say, I loved it.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 2021-05-07

Julianna is an outstanding narrator and author.

You really learn about what Margulies went through as a child and as an actor and how she became this incredible woman.

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  • S. Zapata
  • 2021-05-09

Great Book.

I have Loved Julianna Margulies since her first appearance on ER. Carol was my favorite character and still is to this day. Her book is great. Very real. I felt like I was listening to a good friend. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Julianna.

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  • 2021-07-13

Beautiful memoir

Loved every minute of this book. Juliana is not only a beautiful woman but also a beautiful soul.

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  • 2021-07-09

poor little rich girl I couldn't even finish this

all I can say is that I couldn't finish this book. I thought it was exciting but it was about how privileged her childhood was from traveling to country to country summer camp ballet.

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  • Barbara W.
  • 2021-07-05

Very disappointing.

This book is remarkably short on all the stories I was hoping for yet goes on endlessly outlining countless casual friendships, insignificant events and a LOT of whining written to make it seem like it is not actually whining. I kept hoping the book would get better but the monotone is ever-present throughout. In a word: boring.

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  • Ali Fitzgerald
  • 2021-07-01

Incredible, Fun Book!

Loved it! Flew by! Her voice was soothing and her story was incredible. I didn't want it to be over. I was completely thrown into her life and inspired by the decisions she made.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-30

Sunshine girl

This was a fun read! It was so interesting and revealing! I would recommend it to all!

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  • GCS18
  • 2021-06-19

Glad I stuck to it

She’s a wonderful narrator of course but a very special and interesting personality. Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-31

Just great!

Great story, great job narrating it, her voice is wonderful! A wonderful book about the life of a wonderful person! Please narrate more books!