Julianna Margulies deftly chronicles her life and her work in this deeply powerful memoir ... 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 readers intrigued and inspired.
One empathizes with Margulies’ rough childhood and marvels at her sheer resilience over her mother’s erratic behavior. Children of divorce rarely have it easy. Overall, Sunshine Girl is a fascinating, quick read.
The veteran actor delivers the intriguing tale of her unusual childhood and successful career ... this book is more about the strength of the storytelling than the star power of the author ... the author focuses on her childhood and how shuttling between the homes of her divorced parents across Europe and America influenced her life and acting career ... What the author shares and doesn’t is deliberate, all offered to advance the fascinating story she wants to tell. It’s the mark of a talented storyteller and a sign she can have another creative future if she wants it. Margulies’ unflinching quest to explain her life makes her well-crafted memoir compelling whether you know her roles or not.
The Emmy-winning star of ER and The Good Wife reflects on family chaos and toxic men in this thoughtful memoir ... Margulies’s narrative is full of piquant anecdotes—such as the time her mother brought home a man she met at a nightclub, along with his pet monkey—and subtle, evocative character studies that suggest how her rapt attunement to her family’s mercurial personalities and self-actualizing impulses nurtured her own creative ambitions. The result is an entertaining and revealing portrait of how a young girl becomes an accomplished actor.