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Name: Julia Roberts

Real name: Julia Fiona Roberts

Birth date: 28 of October 1967 (51 y.o.)

Place of birth: Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.

Height: 175 cm Weight: 52 kg

Birth Sign: Scorpio

Chinese zodiac: Goat

Occupation: actress, producer

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Julia Roberts Biography

Childhood and Family

The 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.
Photo on the left: Julia Roberts’s father. Photo on the right: Julia Roberts with her motherPhoto on the left: Julia Roberts’s father. Photo on the right: Julia Roberts with her mother
Later, the couple started a workshop for actors and playwrights in Atlanta; and when Betty was pregnant with Julia, they also founded a children's acting school in Decatur, Georgia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. were among the students of the school, and as a sign of gratitude, Mr. King paid the hospital bill when Mrs. Roberts gave birth to Julia.
Julia Roberts spent most of her childhood in this homeJulia Roberts spent most of her childhood in this home
It’s worth noting that many Julia Roberts’ close family members also chose acting career, including her older sister Lisa, her older brother Eric, and his daughter, i.e. Julia’s niece, Emma Roberts.
Julia Roberts in her childhoodJulia Roberts in her childhood
In 1972, Walter and Betty divorced; Julia stayed with her mom. Shortly, Betty got married again. Unlike Julia’s own father, her stepfather Michael Motes was very rude, abusive and often unemployed. Julia Roberts despised him wholeheartedly but she never complained about domestic violence and didn’t bring up this issue in the press when she was already famous.
Julia Roberts (on the right) with her mom, stepfather and sistersJulia Roberts (on the right) with her mom, stepfather and sisters
In 1977, Betty and Michael had a baby girl, Nancy. Six years later, their relationship deteriorated and they divorced. After a while, Julia Roberts’ mother admitted that her marriage was the biggest mistake of her life. The actress and her family does not keep in touch with Michael. Roberts' own father died of cancer when she was ten.

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.
Julia Roberts as a high school studentJulia Roberts as a high school student
After graduating from school, Roberts enrolled at Georgia State University but she didn’t graduate. By that time, she reconsidered many things in her life and moved to New York. Roberts signed with the Click Modeling Agency and started attending acting classes.
Photo from Julia Roberts’ model portfolio (1986)Photo from Julia Roberts’ model portfolio (1986)

First Roles

Julia 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.
 Julia Roberts’ first role (Satisfaction, 1988) Julia Roberts’ first role (Satisfaction, 1988)
In fact, she played her first role as a character with two lines addressing her older brother’s character; but even though the Western Blood Red was filmed in 1987, it was released only in 1989.
Julia Roberts and her brother Eric RobertsJulia Roberts and her brother Eric Roberts
Julia Roberts then played one of the key roles in the tragicomedy Mystic Pizza. The title of the movie was inspired by a pizza place of the same name; and the plot revolves around three waitresses working there. Roberts played one of them, beautiful Daisy who fell in love with a well-off law student. By the way, Matt Damon played his first role in this film.
Shot from the movie Mystic PizzaShot from the movie Mystic Pizza
The role of a young bride with diabetes in the tragicomedy Steel Magnolias brought Roberts her first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) and her first Golden Globe Award.
Julia Roberts in the film Steel MagnoliasJulia Roberts in the film Steel Magnolias

Pretty Woman

By 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 pay Vivian, a prostitute played by Julia Roberts, for a week of her escort.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts made one of the best onscreen duets of all timeRichard Gere and Julia Roberts made one of the best onscreen duets of all time
Initially, instead of a prostitute, Roberts was supposed to play a drug addict who would get the money from Gere’s character for staying clean for a week; and at the end, Vivian was supposed to part with Edward and fulfil her childhood dream – go to Disneyland. However, after the tremendous success of Steel Magnolias, the director Garry Marshall changed the plot, and ended up with a story that people know so well all over the world. The movie was named after Roy Orbison’s soundtrack «Pretty Woman».
Pretty Woman. Scene in a restaurant
The story, that looks like a contemporary adaptation of «Pygmalion» or «Cinderella», collected the revenue 33 times more than what was spent on making the movie. Julia Roberts earned her second Academy Award nomination (already as Best Actress), and her second Golden Globe Award.
Julia Roberts’ re-embodiment. Pretty Woman (1990)Julia Roberts’ re-embodiment. Pretty Woman (1990)

Flourishing Career

The 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.
Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland at the premiere of FlatlinersJulia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland at the premiere of Flatliners
Then, the actress again astonished the audience with her beauty in the romantic thriller film Sleeping with the Enemy, where she played a girl who simulated her own death to escape from her aggressive husband.
Roberts’ first Golden Globe Awards for Steel Magnolias and Pretty WomanRoberts’ first Golden Globe Awards for Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman
That same year, she played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's Hook, a sequel to Peter Pan.
Shot from the film HookShot from the film Hook
The second half of the 90’s was triumphant for Julia Roberts. Every film she starred in brought her millions of earnings and became box office success, including the sinister thriller Mary Reilly co-starring John Malkovich; the heartbreaking drama Stepmom co-starring Susan Sarandon, the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding co-starring Dermot Mulroney; the action thriller film Conspiracy Theory co-starring Mel Gibson; and, finally, a sweet love story of a movie star and a book store owner depicted in the romantic comedy film Notting Hill co-starring Hugh Grant.
Julia Roberts and Hugh GrantJulia Roberts and Hugh Grant
In 2000, Julia Roberts’ acting talent was finally appreciated and honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Roberts received the long-awaited Best Actress Oscar award for her performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, the story about not only beautiful and daring but also very intelligent and selfless human rights defender who was able to obtain justice in the lawsuit against the corporation poisoning the environment.
Erin Brockovich is another outstanding starring role played by Julia RobertsErin Brockovich is another outstanding starring role played by Julia Roberts
Roberts’ character Erin Brockovich, an impulsive and self-confident human rights activist and a mother of three children, had a prototype and the real Erin Brockovich even had a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia. After the movie premiere, the name Erin Brockovich became a household name for all determined women who are used to doing everything on their own and who can overcome any difficulties they may face.
Erin Brockovich. Negotiations scene
In the following years, Roberts continued her tight cooperation with Steven Soderbergh. In 2001, she played in his film Ocean's Eleven; in 2002, she appeared in Full Frontal; and in 2004, she starred in the sequel Ocean's Twelve.
Once, when sending Julia Roberts the script for the film Ocean's Eleven, Steven Soderbergh, Brad Pitt and George Clooney played a joke on her. They put a $20 bill into the envelope and wrote a note: «We heard that you get 20 per film.» Roberts replied correspondingly: she admitted she would work with Steven Soderbergh even for $20 but asked not to tell her agent on her.
Of course, $20 is way too much of an exaggeration but Julia Roberts (as well as Drew Barrymore) did agree to play for only $250K, i.e., a very modest Hollywood remuneration, in George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind co-starring Sam Rockwell. This very symbolic payment was a token of friendship with George Clooney whose film budget was limited to $30 million (in fact, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon worked on the movie totally for free).

Closer, a famous drama film, was released in 2004. It tells the story about 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.
Shot from the film CloserShot from the film Closer
Julia Roberts is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses: for her role in Mona Lisa Smile she was paid an unprecedented $25 million while her previous record was $20 million for starring in Erin Brockovich, The Mexican, and Closer. In 2005, Roberts had a fortune estimated to be worth $250 million, according to Forbes.
 Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile
The role in the life-affirming film Eat Pray Love based on the Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling book of the same name is one of Roberts’ latest great works. The title character Liz gets divorced and starts looking for her inner self by alternately visiting Italy, India and Bali, where she finds her love.
One of the best moments was the scene in Rome, when I order lunch for my friends. It was incredibly nice to just sit and watch all those people, and how they knock themselves out for the film to turn out well. In India I was impressed with one little village in the province of Rajasthan. Local women wear bright clothes and complex twisted ornaments. They look so elegant and stunning in those outfits. What place in Bali I liked the most? Well, all places are great in Bali! By the way, I still remember how I ate fresh mangoes in the evenings. It was so cool!

Personal Life

In the 90s, Julia Roberts was not only famous for her acting skills, she was also very popular in the tabloids and the paparazzi did everything possible to catch her in the company of a new date.
Roberts had romantic relationships with Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew Perry, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, and Benjamin Bratt.
After guest-starring in an episode of Friends, Julia Roberts started an affair with Matthew PerryAfter guest-starring in an episode of Friends, Julia Roberts started an affair with Matthew Perry
Lyle Lovett, a country singer, became Julia Roberts’ first official husband. After dating for three weeks, they secretly married in 1993. Two years later, they divorced because, according to the actress, he devoted too little time to his wife. Nevertheless, they stayed friends; and Lovett even wrote the song «If I Needed You» for Roberts to perform in the movie Stepmom.
Julia Roberts and Lyle LovettJulia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
Daniel Moder, a cameraman, became Julia Roberts’ second husband. They had their nuptials in summer of 2002. Two years later, they had twins: Phinnaeus Walter and Hazel Patricia; and in 2008, they had one more son Henry Daniel Moder.
Julia Roberts and Daniel ModerJulia Roberts and Daniel Moder
In 2014, Julia Roberts’ 37-year-old half-sister Nancy Motes was found dead in the bathroom at her apartment. It was reported that she had overdosed on strong medicines.
Julia Roberts’ sister died in 2014Julia Roberts’ sister died in 2014
There was a suicide note next to her body. Nancy wrote a 3-page letter describing their relationship with her sister and accusing Julia of provoking her to commit suicide. She claimed that the beautiful celebrity inflicted irreparable emotional trauma on her by taunting her about excessive weight (back in her years of youth, Motes weighed up to 136 kg; later, she lost 70 kg with the help of weight-loss surgery)

Julia Roberts Nowadays

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 malformed face. In summer of the same year, Roberts announced her appearance in Today Will Be Different, a series for HBO. Nowadays, Julia Roberts’ family lives in their penthouse in Manhattan, New York. The actress is busy raising their children, she’s also heavily involved in charity work, and she runs the production company Red Om Films.
Julia Roberts with her husband and kidsJulia Roberts with her husband and kids
In October 2017, the actress celebrated her 50th birthday. Roberts does not conceal her beauty secrets: she exercises regularly (aerobics and running); she adds olive oil to all her skin care products; she always protects her face with sunscreen and her eyes with sunglasses.
On the right: Julia Roberts without makeupOn the right: Julia Roberts without makeup
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.
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