Julia Roberts
American actress
Julia Roberts
Not to be confused with Julie Roberts or Juliet Roberts. For the British Home Shopping host, see Julia Roberts. Title=Julia Roberts;ns=0/Main/;language:wiki=en,locale=en File:Julia Roberts 2011 Shankbone 3. JPGRoberts at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Jesus Henry ChristBorn Julia Fiona RobertsTemplate:Safesubst:October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28) (age 45)Template:Safesubst:Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
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Home On Kauai's North Shore Sells for $15.6 Million
Wall Street Journal - 13 days
On Weke Road in Hanalei, the property is a few doors down from the former home of actress Julia Roberts, which sold a few months ago.
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Advice For Beyoncé From One Twin Mama To Another
Huffington Post - 17 days
By Amanda Sorena Beyoncé and I have a lot in common. Stay with me here. I live in Houston, she's from Houston. She just announced she is pregnant with twins, I have twins. We had an older daughter before having our twins, and so does she. She likes to visit BB's Café when she's in town and we love that place, too. If we met in real life, I hope we would hit it off. It also doesn't hurt that "All the Single Ladies" is one of our bedtime songs. True story. So, since we are (clearly) already meant to be friends, I feel like I can give Beyoncé a little direct advice about twin parenthood. People will give you lots of advice -- only take it from other twin parents Things that applied to raising Blue Ivy don't necessarily apply when you have twins. "Never wake a sleeping baby," doesn't work when you need two kids on the same feeding schedule to have any chance of taking a shower or sleeping again. How do you feed two babies at once? What kind of stroller works best for two ...
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Trump Loved 'Excellent Actress And Fine Person' Meryl Streep In 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 month
What a difference a Golden Globes appearance makes. President-elect Donald Trump lashed Meryl Streep as “over-rated” after she sharply criticized his “bullying” as she accepted an award Sunday. But as recently as 2015 he named her as one of his favorite actresses. Asked in a Hollywood Reporter interview in August 2015 if there were any actresses he “loved,” Trump named Julia Roberts and Streep. “Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too,” Trump said.  That regard dissolved into a vicious Twitter tirade against the star after Streep took him to task for his anti-immigrant stance and his apparent mocking of a disabled New York Times reporter at a campaign rally. He blasted Streep as a “Hillary flunky” and “one of the most over-rated actresses of her time.” Trump also insisted he didn’t mock the reporter (”would never do that,” he tweeted), but only showed the journalist “groveling.” Streep was honored at the 2017 Golden Globes with a Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achieve ...
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Hollywood Still Loves Brad Pitt, Judging By This Massive Round Of Applause At The Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Julia Roberts Is Doing Her First TV Series, And It's Based On This Book
Huffington Post - 2 months
Nothing proves we’re in the golden age of TV so much as A-list movie stars signing on for small-screen projects. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Julia Roberts, who will star in her first TV series, a limited run based on Maria Semple’s newest book, Today Will Be Different.  Semple, the author of the bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette will write the script. (Side note: Bernadette is being adapted into its own feature film starring Cate Blanchett with Richard Linklater directing.) “Today Will Be Different” will follow one day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who wakes up plotting disciplined activities for herself. She’ll go to yoga. She’ll be calm and kind. She’ll initiate sex with her husband. Unsurprisingly, none of these things go according to plan as her day takes a strange turn. Producer extraordinaire Megan Ellison’s company Annapurna Pictures (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “American Hustle” and others) has bought the rights and will produce the ...
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Channing Tatum Shows Off His Tap Skills In Dance-Off With Neil Patrick Harris
Huffington Post - 3 months
Jimmy Kimmel’s famous friends came together for an epic holiday segment on his show Tuesday night.  Kristen Bell, Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, DJ Khaled, Halsey and Brandon Flowers of the Killers all really outdid themselves singing our new favorite single ― “We’re Going to Hell” ― for a (RED) Shopathon for AIDS research. With colorful lyrics like and plenty of star power, the song could go far on the iTunes charts this year. But our favorite part was getting to see Tatum show off his tapping skills in a little dance break with the one and only NPH.  Check out all the fun in the video above.  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'] ...
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Julia Roberts sells her oceanfront home in Hawaii for $16.2 million
LATimes - 3 months
Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts has officially sold her oceanfront home in Hawaii for $16.2 million, or roughly half of the original asking price of about $30 million. Situated on 231 feet of beach frontage on the crest of Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, the two-house compound was most recently offered...
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Brad Pitt Cleared Of Child Abuse Allegations As Investigation Comes To A Close
Huffington Post - 3 months
UPDATE: Nov. 10 ― In a statement to The Huffington Post, a representative for Angelina Jolie said she is “relieved” by the results of the DCFS investigation and continues move forward with the best interests of her children in mind.  “The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation,” the statement reads. “As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children [to] heal.” PREVIOUSLY: The investigation into an alleged incident of child abuse between Brad Pitt and his son Maddox has come to a close, according to TMZ. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has reportedly concluded t ...
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If There Was A 'My Best Friend's Wedding' Sequel, Dermot Mulroney Would Be Into It
Huffington Post - 4 months
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new ...
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Trump, You Can't Control Women's Bodies
Huffington Post - 5 months
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, but awareness of the patterns of domestic violence is something we need to cultivate all year long. In the excellent resources on domestic violence awareness now available, such as at Domestic Violence Awareness dot org, the signs are clear for an abuser personality and they should raise enormous red flags when you see them. Domestic violence is all about control of women's bodies. I will say frankly, and with some alarm, that I think Donald Trump is exhibiting an increasing number of characteristics of the abuser personality. His 3 a.m. tweetstorm attacking the former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, whom he fat-shamed after she gained some weight (16 pounds, according to Ms. Machado) after she won is alarming. Hillary Clinton brought up the issues with Trump attacking Alicia Machado for weight gain in the first presidential debate. Controlling what women eat is frequently a sign of an abusive personality. It is certainly ...
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How I Moved On From My What Not To Wear Style
Huffington Post - 5 months
Photo via Nick Onken. At my age, if you aren't Oprah or a man, the stigma of getting older starts to take shape. I'm 47. I am seriously and officially middle-aged. Like, deep into it. I'm here, but heck if I know how I got here so fast. I certainly don't feel it. In a sense, I've grown up without becoming a conventional grown-up. Meaning, I'm not married. I don't have kids, a second home, or a mortgage. I don't run an office full of employees. I don't go to the same job every day. And because of this, sometimes people (myself included) find it hard to measure my value without the traditional milestones of a life lived or a collection of identifiable CliffsNotes at the ready. There are moments when this unconventional approach to aging feels freeing, and I can romanticize it. Not being able to be labeled so easily has its advantages. I'm a curiosity of sorts. I'm a mystery. An enigma. People seemingly want to know more about me, because I haven't played by conventional social rule ...
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A Practical Dreamer: Talking with Ana Lily Amirpour about 'The Bad Batch' in Venice
Huffington Post - 6 months
When the line-up for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival was announced, in late July, there was one film that immediately jumped off the page at me, and I knew coming into this edition of the oldest film festival in the world, I just had to watch it. I craved to watch it, in fact, as one craves a good meal or the perfect glass of wine. In fact, "craving to watch it" is the perfect way to describe the desire that accompanies a film like The Bad Batch, which according to producer Eddy Moretti, was initially pitched by its filmmaker as "a cannibal falls in love with his next meal." And right I was to be ravenous about watching Ana Lily Amirpour's follow up to her modern cult classic (yes, it's already a classic, in case you were wondering) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Watching The Bad Batch turned out to be so spectacular for me, so infinitely ahead of the majority of filmmakers' visions and critics' perception that I wouldn't be surprised if everyone else was stil ...
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Gene Wilder Calls Tim Burton's Willy Wonka An 'Insult' In 2013 Interview
Huffington Post - 6 months
There are some things in Hollywood that should never be spoken of again: Julia Roberts’ hair in “Mother’s Day,” the name Martha after “Batman v Superman” and all of Adam Sandler’s movies from the last decade. But one of the film industry’s biggest mistakes to date was trying to recapture the magic of 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and the actor’s veneers.  Following the death of the original Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder, last month, his legendary career has been the subject of much adoration, as many have paid tribute to the comedy icon. In a recently resurfaced interview with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the 92nd Street Y, Wilder expressed his disdain for the current state of cinema, including Burton’s adaptation of the classic children’s tale in 2005. “I think it’s an insult,” Wilder told Osborne in conversation. “To do that with Johnny Depp, who I think is a good actor and I like him, but I don’t care for that dir ...
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Publishing Scam Artists: How to Spot Them
Huffington Post - 7 months
Experienced writers shun them. Bookstores refuse to stock their titles. And they're part of a multimillion dollar industry that scams first-time authors every day. Vanity presses, otherwise known as "self-publishing companies" or "subsidy publishers," will publish any book written by anyone with a large bank account and a spendthrift attitude. In the ocean of publishing, vanity presses are the sharks. Luckily, there are measures new authors can take to avoid becoming one of their next victims--as I almost was. Publishing Scam Artists: Spotting the Sharks Rather than carefully selecting and investing in books in exchange for a percentage of profits as do traditional publishers, or offering self-publishing services such as editing or design for a fee and letting authors keep their royalties, vanity presses take a cut from both pieces of the pie. It's unethical, but they get away with it by strategically targeting newbie authors who know little about the publishing in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julia Roberts
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In 2016 she starred in the Film, Mother's Day.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts runs the production company Red Om Films with her sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill. Through Red Om, Roberts served as an executive producer of the first four films of the American Girl film series (based on the American Girl line of dolls), released between 2004 and 2008.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    Roberts appears in Givenchy's spring/summer 2015 campaign.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    In 2014, Roberts narrated "Women in Hollywood", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Roberts appeared in August: Osage County, playing one of Meryl Streep's character's three daughters.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance earned her nominations for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, amongst other accolades. It was her fourth Academy Award nomination.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Roberts appeared in the 2012 Tarsem Singh adaptation of Snow White, titled Mirror Mirror, playing Queen Clementianna, Snow White's evil stepmother.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    In 2011, she co-starred as Mercedes Tainot in the romantic comedy Larry Crowne opposite Tom Hanks, who directed and played the title role.
    More Details Hide Details The movie received generally bad reviews with only 35% of the 175 Rotten Tomatoes reviews giving it high ratings, although Roberts's comedic performance was praised.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    Roberts starred with Clive Owen in the comedy-thriller Duplicity for which she received her seventh Golden Globe nomination. In 2010, she appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, with Cooper, and starred in the film adaptation of Eat Pray Love.
    More Details Hide Details Eat Pray Love had the highest debut at the box office for Roberts in a top-billed role since America's Sweethearts. Later in the year, she signed a five-year extension with Lancôme for million (million).
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In 2009, Lancôme announced that Roberts would become their global ambassador for their company.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 38
    Roberts made her Broadway debut on April 19, 2006 as Nan in a revival of Richard Greenberg's 1997 play Three Days of Rain opposite Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd.
    More Details Hide Details Although the play grossed nearly US$1 million in ticket sales during its first week and was a commercial success throughout its limited run, her performance drew criticism. Ben Brantley of The New York Times described Roberts as being fraught with "self-consciousness (especially in the first act) and only glancingly acquainted with the two characters she plays." Brantley also criticized the overall production, writing that "it's almost impossible to discern its artistic virtues from this wooden and splintered interpretation, directed by Joe Mantello." Writing in The New York Post, Clive Barnes declared, "Hated the play. To be sadly honest, even hated her. At least I liked the rain—even if three days of it can seem an eternity."
    Roberts had two films released in 2006: The Ant Bully and Charlotte's Web.
    More Details Hide Details Both films were animated features for which she provided voice acting. Her next film was Charlie Wilson's War (2007), with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols; it was released on December 21, 2007. Fireflies in the Garden (2008), also starring Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe, was released at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2008 and was subsequently shown in European cinemas; it did not get a North American release until 2011.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In 2005, she was featured in the music video for the single "Dreamgirl" by the Dave Matthews Band; it was her first music video appearance.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts appeared in The Hollywood Reporters list of the 10 highest-paid actresses every year from 2002 (when the magazine began compiling its list) to 2005.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    Also in 2004, she reprised the role of Tess Ocean in the sequel Ocean's Twelve.
    More Details Hide Details The film was deliberately much more unconventional than the first, epitomized by a sequence in which Roberts' character impersonates the real-life Julia Roberts, due to their strong resemblance. Though less well reviewed than Eleven, the film became another major success at the box office, with a gross of US$363 million worldwide, mostly from its international run. Unlike all the male cast members, Roberts did not appear in the series' third and final installment, Ocean's Thirteen (2007), due to script issues.
    In 2004, Roberts replaced Cate Blanchett in Mike Nichols's Closer, a romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film also starred Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003, Roberts was cast in Mike Newell's drama film Mona Lisa Smile, also starring Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Julia Stiles.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts received a record US$25 million for her portrayal of a forward-thinking art history professor at Wellesley College in 1953 – the highest ever earned by an actress until then. The film garnered largely lukewarm reviews by critics, who found it "predictable and safe".
  • 2002
    Age 34
    He filed for divorce a little over a year later, and after it was finalized, he and Roberts wed on July 4, 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they have three children: twins Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter Moder (born November 28, 2004) and son, Henry Daniel Moder (born June 18, 2007). Roberts disclosed in a 2010 interview for Elle magazine that she believes in and practices Hinduism. Roberts is a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). A picture of Neem Karoli Baba drew Roberts to Hinduism. In September 2009, Swami Daram Dev of Ashram Hari Mandir in Pataudi, where Roberts was shooting Eat Pray Love, gave her children new names after Hindu gods: Laxmi for Hazel, Ganesh for Phinnaeus and Krishna Balram for Henry. Roberts has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations. On May 10, 1995, Roberts arrived in Port-au-Prince, as she said, "to educate myself". The poverty she found was overwhelming. "My heart is just bursting", she said. UNICEF officials hoped that her six-day visit would trigger an outburst of giving: US$10 million in aid was sought at the time.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    In fall 2001, Roberts teamed with Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh for Ocean's Eleven, a comedy-crime caper film and remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name, featuring an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts played Tess Ocean, the ex-wife of leader Danny Ocean (Clooney), originally played by Angie Dickinson, who is dating a casino owner played by Andy García. In preparation for her role, Roberts studied Dickinson's performance by watching the original film at least seven times in order to get her part right. A success with critics and at the box office alike, Ocean's Eleven became the fifth highest-grossing film of the year with a total of US$450 million worldwide.
    Later in 2001 she starred in Gore Verbinski's road gangster comedy, The Mexican, giving her a chance to work with long-time friend Brad Pitt.
    More Details Hide Details The film's script was originally intended to be filmed as an independent production without major motion picture stars, but Roberts and Pitt, who had for some time been looking for a project they could do together, learned about it and decided to sign on. Though advertised as a typical romantic comedy star vehicle, the film does not focus solely on the Pitt/Roberts relationship and the two shared relatively little screen time together. The Mexican earned $66.8 million at the U.S. box office.
    In 2001, Roberts received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts' acceptance speech for the award went over the allowed time limit, but did not mention the real-life Brockovich, for which Roberts later apologized, saying she forgot. While presenting the Best Actor Award to Denzel Washington the following year, Roberts made a gaffe, saying she was glad that Tom Conti wasn't there; she meant the conductor, Bill Conti, who had tried to hasten the conclusion of her Oscar speech the previous year, but instead named the Scottish actor. Roberts' first film following Erin Brockovich was the romantic comedy America's Sweethearts along with Billy Crystal, John Cusack, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Directed by Joe Roth, the Hollywood farce centers on a supercouple, Gwen and Eddie, who separate when she dumps him for another man. Roberts portrayed Gwen's once-overweight sister and assistant who has been secretly in love with Eddie (Cusack) for years. Reviews of the film were generally unfavorable: critics' felt that despite its famous cast, the movie lacked "sympathetic characters" and was "only funny in spurts." A commercial success, it grossed over US$138 million worldwide however.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    Roberts and her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, met on the set of her film The Mexican in 2000, while she was still dating Bratt.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Moder was married to Vera Steimberg.
    In December 2000, Roberts, who had been the highest paid actress through the 1990s, became the first actress to make The Hollywood Reporters list of the 50 most influential women in show business since the list had begun in 1992.
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    In 2000 she played the lead role of real-life environmental activist Erin Brockovich in the film Erin Brockovich.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    She starred in the films Stepmom (1998), alongside Susan Sarandon, Notting Hill (1999), with Hugh Grant, and, also in 1999, in Runaway Bride, her second film with Richard Gere.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts was a guest star on the Law & Order television series episode "Empire" with series regular Benjamin Bratt (at that time her boyfriend). She earned a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    From 1998 to 2001, Roberts dated actor Benjamin Bratt.
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    In 1998, she appeared on Sesame Street opposite the character Elmo, demonstrating her ability to change emotions.
    More Details Hide Details She was offered the role of Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love (1998), but turned it down.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Over the next few years, she starred in Stephen Frears' Mary Reilly (1996), followed by My Best Friend's Wedding in 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    In 1996, she appeared in season 2 of Friends (episode 13 "The One After the Superbowl").
    More Details Hide Details She had a relationship with cast member Matthew Perry at the time. According to an audience member, Roberts said to Perry about their on-screen kiss, "I'm glad we rehearsed this over the weekend." She was offered the role of Lucy Eleanor Moderatz in While You Were Sleeping (1995), but turned it down. Roberts co-starred with Liam Neeson in Michael Collins (1996).
  • 1993
    Age 25
    On June 25, 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett; the wedding took place at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana. They separated in March 1995 and subsequently divorced.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    Roberts co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief (1993), based on John Grisham's 1992 novel of the same name.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    Roberts reportedly had romantic relationships with actors Jason Patric, Liam Neeson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, and Matthew Perry. She was briefly engaged to Sutherland; they broke up three days before their scheduled wedding on June 11, 1991.
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    She played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's Hook in 1991, and also played a nurse in the 1991 film, Dying Young.
    More Details Hide Details This work was followed by a two-year hiatus, during which she made no films other than a cameo appearance in Robert Altman's The Player (1992). In early 1993, she was the subject of a People magazine cover story asking, "What Happened to Julia Roberts?" She was offered the role of Annie Reed in Sleepless in Seattle (1993), but turned it down.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    Roberts became known to worldwide audiences when she starred with Richard Gere in the Cinderella/Pygmalionesque story, Pretty Woman, in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts won the role after Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Karen Allen, and Daryl Hannah (her co-star in Steel Magnolias) turned it down. The role also earned her a second Oscar nomination, this time as Best Actress, and second Golden Globe Award win, as Motion Picture Best Actress (Musical or Comedy). Her next box office success was the thriller Sleeping with the Enemy, playing a battered wife who escapes her abusive husband, played by Patrick Bergin, and begins a new life in Iowa.
  • 1989
    Age 21
    In 1989, she was featured in Steel Magnolias, as a young bride with diabetes, and received both her first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) and first Golden Globe Award win (Motion Picture Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.
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  • 1988
    Age 20
    Her first critical success with moviegoers was her performance in the independent film Mystic Pizza in 1988; that same year, she had a role in the fourth season finale of Miami Vice.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    Her first television appearance was as a juvenile rape victim in the initial season of the series Crime Story with Dennis Farina, in the episode titled "The Survivor", broadcast on February 13, 1987.
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    She had previously performed a small role opposite her brother, Eric, in Blood Red (she has two words of dialogue), filmed in 1987, although it was only released in 1989.
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  • 1983
    Age 15
    The marriage ended in 1983, with Betty Lou divorcing Motes on cruelty grounds; she had stated that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts's own father died of cancer when she was ten. Roberts wanted to be a veterinarian as a child. She also played the clarinet in her school band. After graduating from Smyrna's Campbell High School, she attended Georgia State University, but did not graduate. She later headed to New York City to pursue a career in acting. Once there, she signed with the Click Modeling Agency and enrolled in acting classes. Roberts made her first big screen appearance in the film Satisfaction (1988), alongside Liam Neeson and Justine Bateman, as a band member looking for a summer gig.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 4
    In 1972, her mother married Michael Motes, who was abusive and often unemployed; Roberts despised him.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a daughter, Nancy Motes, who died at 37 on February 9, 2014 of an apparent drug overdose.
    From 1972, Roberts lived in Smyrna, Georgia, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Campbell High School.
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  • 1971
    Age 3
    Roberts's mother filed for divorce in 1971; the divorce was finalized in early 1972.
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  • 1967
    Born
    Roberts was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou Bredemus (1934–2015) and Walter Grady Roberts (1933–1977).
    More Details Hide Details She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. Her father was a Baptist, her mother a Roman Catholic, and she was raised Catholic. Her older brother, Eric Roberts, from whom she was estranged until 2004, sister Lisa Roberts Gillan, and niece Emma Roberts, are also actors. Roberts's parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces. They later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, off Juniper Street in Midtown. They ran a children's acting school in Decatur, Georgia, while they were expecting Julia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school; Walter Roberts was their daughter Yolanda Denise King's acting coach. As a thank-you for his service, Mrs. King paid Mrs. Roberts's hospital bill when Julia was born.
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