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Julianna Margulies Honors Her Late Father: 'I'll Miss Him Forever'

Julianna Margulies Honors Her Late Father: 'I'll Miss Him Forever'

Originally posted 05/25/2016 10:10AM

Even chicken pox can't faze Julianna Margulies' happiness over her late father's recently released children's book. Though the actress was home-bound for two weeks while she recovered from her illness and missed several book promotions, she was grateful to have some downtime with her thoughts and memories.

"Instead of me going out to talk about the book, I had to internalize it with my dad. And it was kind of great," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "It's been a real blessing for it to come out and be received so beautifully."

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The Good Wife Lives on! Find Out What We Know So Far ...

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CBS Greenlights The Good Wife Spin-Off Starring Christine Baranski

Originally posted 05/18/2016 05:40PM

Diane Lockhart has slapped her way to her own spin-off.

Christine Baranski's character from The Good Wife has gotten her own spin-off, CBS announced at its annual Upfronts presentation in New York City on Wednesday.

Cush Jumbo will continue to play fan-favorite Lucca Quinn in the extension series, which will appear on CBS's subscription-only streaming service CBS All Access.

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The Good Wife Finale: Alicia, like the Cheese, Stands Alone

Originally posted 05/09/2016 12:10AM

CBS' The Good Wife ended Sunday night on a note of deep, deliberate ambiguity that, for all its clever dodging of definitiveness, struck an oddly incorrect note.

Nothing changes the fact that this was the best network drama of the past 20 years or so. Mad Men, by contrast, may have concluded on a note of crystalline, acidic perfection, but the show itself was often bafflingly uneven. I'll take Good Wife.

I mean, it's not as if Kalinda Sharma lept out of the bathtub with a knife.

Still.

Spoiler warning: For those who haven't seen The Good Wife series finale, plot details will follow.

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We Can't Say Goodbye: 10 Ideas for The Good Wife Spin-offs

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We Can't Say Goodbye: 10 Ideas for The Good Wife Spin-offs

Originally posted 05/08/2016 09:00PM

We're still mourning the loss of The Good Wife, which aired its final episode May 8. After seven years of drama, intrigue and romance with Alicia Florrick, Diane Lockhart and company, the idea of life without them is simply unbearable. So, Robert and Michelle King, we humbly offer these ideas for spin-off series.

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Goodbye to The Good Wife: Look Back at the Show's 12 Best Guest Stars

Originally posted 05/08/2016 10:15AM

The series finale of The Good Wife is upon us. What's the best way to say goodbye to a show we've loved for seven dramatic, captivating and fantastic seasons? A celebration of our favorite guest stars, to start.

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The PEOPLE Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife

The PEOPLE Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife

Originally posted 05/06/2016 02:35PM

Sex and politics are both immensely complicated topics. Combine the two into sexual politics, and you have something approaching psychological string theory.

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Good Women: Saying Goodbye to the Fierce Females of The Good Wife

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Good Women: Saying Goodbye to the Fierce Females of The Good Wife

Originally posted 05/05/2016 04:00PM

The title alone makes you think twice. Upon first hearing the words "the good wife," the phrase sounds like a reference to the Stepford Wives era of the 1950s. But, after seven years on air before concluding its run May 8, Robert and Michelle King's complex and complicated television show The Good Wife has demonstrated that being "good" is anything but simple.

The legal drama has followed the life of once-happy housewife and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who was thrust into the public eye when her husband, State's Attorney Peter (Chris Noth), was caught with a prostitute, lost his job and was put in prison. Re-entering the workforce after spending years at home, Alicia finds herself in the mist of political and personal drama and tragedy – and in the middle of reinventing herself and building a new life as a woman in her 40s faced with new independence and opportunities.

It's safe to say The Good Wife passes the Bechdel test. While the show has contained numerous romantic plot lines – some of them involving Alicia herself – it has also introduced some of the most fascinating, complex and strongest female characters in primetime TV. The women, whether they are lawyers, lovers, law firm clients or merely civilians, have never been relegated to the sidelines while important events are taking place.

Below, we break down just a few of the women who were a part of the complicated world of The Good Wife.

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Julianna Margulies Is Battling Chicken Pox

Julianna Margulies Is Battling Chicken Pox

Originally posted 05/05/2016 01:25PM

Julianna Margulies was forced to cancel an event Thursday after coming down with the chicken pox.

The Emmy Award-winning Good Wife star was scheduled to attend a New York city cocktail party in celebration of the release of her children's book Three Magic Balloons, featuring illustrations by Grant Shaffer.

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Julianna Margulies' Good Wife Son Talks About Her 'Maternal' Side – and How She Motivated Him to Go to College

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Why The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies Was 'Instrumental' in Her TV Son's Decision to Attend College

Originally posted 04/29/2016 02:20PM

Graham Phillips spent the better part of seven years playing Zach, the son of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) on The Good Wife, and during that time he developed a close mother-son dynamic with Margulies.

"Having Julianna as my fake mother for the last seven years was great," Phillips told PEOPLE at Thursday's The Good Wife's series finale party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. "She really was very maternal to me these last seven years."

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Julianna Margulies Reflects on The Good Wife's First Season: 'I Was Overwhelmed with Being a New Mom'

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Julianna Margulies Reflects on The Good Wife's First Season: 'I Was Overwhelmed with Being a New Mom'

Originally posted 04/29/2016 11:30AM

After seven stunning seasons, The Good Wife is finally coming to an end on May 8.

When the cast looks back on the show's early years, it's hard not to be surprised by how far they've come – especially for the show's lead, Julianna Margulies, who had a particularly hard time in the first season.

"I was so overwhelmed with being a new mom and being the lead of the show and trying to make everything work," Margulies told PEOPLE Thursday at the show's series finale party at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. "Anyone that has done a show can tell you that your first season is the hardest because nothing has been fleshed out yet."

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