Julia Roberts Biography
Childhood and FamilyThe famous American actress with a disarming smile, Julia Fiona Roberts, was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia. Her parents, Betty and Walter Roberts, both amateur actors and scriptwriters, met while working on a play for the US army; they married in 1955.
At the age of 13, Julia Roberts started working as a waitress at a pizza place; she worked there after classes. At school she was keen on biology, as she wanted to become a vet; and she also played the clarinet in the school band.
First RolesJulia Roberts made her first big-screen appearance in 1988 when she debuted in the musical comedy Satisfaction as Daryle, a member of The Mystery band. The film also starred Liam Neeson, Justine Bateman, and Trini Alvarado.
Pretty WomanBy the time the movie Steel Magnolias was released, Roberts was already finishing working on the film with a working title of $3000. That was the amount of money that the title character Edward, a wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere, promised to play Vivian, a prostitute played by Julia Roberts, for a week of her escort.
Flourishing CareerThe two hours of the Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts so famous that people recognized her in the streets; she was invited to TV shows and photographed for glossy magazine covers. She was also cast for new roles, in particular, in the science fiction horror film Flatliners that was released the same year, she played one of the young scientists who decided to immerse themselves in an artificial coma for the sake of science. The movie also featured Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and William Baldwin.
Closer, a famous drama film was released in 2004. It tells the story about the difficult relationships of two couples. The film, based on Patrick Marber’s play of the same name, was directed by Mike Nichols. Julia Roberts demonstrated excellent teamwork skills while working with her fellow actors Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen on the set.
Julia Roberts rarely appears in movies lately. In 2017, however, she starred in the touching family drama Wonder telling the story of a boy that was born with a malformed face. In 2018, Julia Roberts will appear in Peter Hedges’ drama film Ben Is Back, where she starred as the mother of the young man returning from the rehabilitation center.