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Julianne Moore tackles Palin

Julianne Moore was born December 3, 1960 in Fort Bragg, near Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has been nominated for several Academy Awards, including a best actress nomination for 'Far From Heaven' (2002) and best supporting actress for 'Boogie Nights' (1997).

Palin-Moore connection Moore, one of Hollywood's most gifted and liberal actresses, a supporter of gay rights and a woman's right to choose, will play trailer park hero and Tea Party profile Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, based on the book of the same name about the 2008 presidential campaign.

Moore is professional enough not to let her disdain of Palin get in the way of her performance. But it'll be fun to see what she does with the role, capturing the clueless Alaska governor thrust into the national spotlight, who then goes on to build a multi-million dollar celebrity-based enterprise which even benefits her daughter Bristol.

Palin is said to be irked that a liberal Hollywood icon will portray her. HBO might as well have chosen Katie Couric to play me, she told sources.

Best movies: Short Cuts 1993; Safe (1995); Boogie Nights (1997); The Big Lebowski (1998); Far From Heaven (2002); Children of Men (2006); A Single Man (2010); The Kids Are All Right (2010).

Worst movies: Assassins 1995; The Ladies Man (2000); Laws of Attraction (2004).

On her frequent nude scenes: It's not like I ever intend to! I never do. I think it's happened a lot of times because I'm involved in things that are love stories.

Armand Whyte: Julianne Moore is one of the most intelligent actresses of her generation, a new Meryl Streep. Without having to think too hard, I remember her in Todd Haynes' superb New Age horror story Safe (1995), hilarious as artist Maude Lebowski The Big Lebowski (1998), and quietly sad as a 50s housewife involved with a black man played by Dennis Haysbert in Far From Heaven (2002), also by Todd Haynes.

If Moore can be faulted for one thing, it's that she does weepy far too readily. It's as though she is expected to lip-quiver and cry in each movie.

Moore explains her ability to cry on cue: Every time I had to cry, I'd be like, 'Oh, thank God that was over!' And everybody's like, 'Why do you hate to cry?' And I'm like, 'I just do! I don't like doing it! I don't know.' I can do it, but it doesn't mean that I like it. I do it because you're supposed to. That's what the part is. That's where the character goes at that moment. I kind of like the range of it. I like the enormous range of emotion that you can do on a film.

Los Angeles Times reviewing Far From Heaven: The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization.

The Guardian: says Moore is the most talented actress of her generation.

Daily Telegraph: Moore is mainstream enough to be considered a genuine leading lady. But much of her most eye-catching work, often written for her by indie directors like Todd Haynes and Paul Thomas Anderson, is fiercely extreme in spirit.

Did you know?: Moore is best buddies with 80s bombshell Ellen Barkin, so sexy in Sea of Love (1989) with Al Pacino.

Buy Julianne Moore's best movies: Safe; Boogie Nights (New Line Platinum Series); Far From Heaven; The Big Lebowski - 10th Anniversary Edition.

By Armand Whyte.