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Emmys 2011: Julianna Margulies wins lead drama actress

September 18, 2011 |  6:56 pm

Julianna Margulies wins the Emmy

Julianna Margulies won her first Emmy for lead actress in a drama series Sunday as litigator Alicia Florrick on CBS' legal drama "The Good Wife." She was nominated last year for an Emmy and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for this role.

Margulies, 45, became a household name as Nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's "ER," winning an Emmy for supporting actress in a drama the first season. She left the show in 2000; subsequently she's appeared in the miniseries "The Mists of Avalon" and "The Grid," the series "Canterbury's Law," "The Sopranos" and several feature films including the 2005 thriller "Snakes on a Plane."

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on Fox TV. 

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Photo: Julianna Margulies in 2010. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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