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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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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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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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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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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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Beautiful memoir

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

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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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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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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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Sunshine girl

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

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Glad I stuck to it

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