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Roberts in 2002 Born Julia Fiona Roberts October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28) Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1] Actress, producer 1987–present Lyle Lovett (1993–1995) Daniel Moder (2002–present) 3 children

Roberts had become one of the highestpaid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter’s annual "power list" of topearning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990’s Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2007, Roberts’s net worth was estimated to be $140 million.[3] Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue and the first woman to land the cover of GQ. She has been named one of People magazine’s "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America, beating out then national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and first lady Laura Bush.[4] Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films, formerly Shoelace Productions ("Moder" spelled backwards, after her husband’s last name).

Occupation Years active Spouse(s)

Early life
Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Crawford Long Hospital, which is now Emory Hospital Midtown. Her father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman, and her Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent. Her parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later cofounded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off Juniper berry Street in Midtown; the two divorced in 1971.[5] Her mother later married Michael Motes and had another daughter, named Nancy Motes who was born in 1976. Roberts’s father died of cancer when she was ten. Her older brother, Eric Roberts, (from whom she was once estranged but reconciled since 2004) and sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. While Julia’s mother was pregnant with Julia, she and her husband ran an acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia. The

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, in 1994 she stared in I Love Trouble and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and crime films such as The Pelican Brief and Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve have collectively earned box office receipts of over $2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.[2]


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children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school. As a thank-you for their service, Mrs. King paid the hospital bill when Mrs. Roberts gave birth to Julia. Roberts moved to Smyrna, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) in 1972, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School and Campbell High School.[6] She played clarinet in the band. Roberts wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but soon after graduating from Smyrna’s Campbell High School,[7] she headed to New York to join her sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and pursue a career in acting. Once there, she signed with the Click modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes. She reverted to her original name "Julia Roberts" when she discovered that a "Julie Roberts" was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. Her niece, Emma Roberts, whom Julia used to take to movie sets when she was a young girl, has joined her father and aunts in the acting business.

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in the Cinderella/Pygmalionesque story Pretty Woman in 1990. Roberts won the role after the first two choices for the part, Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan both turned it down. The role also earned her a second Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress. Her next box office success was the thriller Sleeping with the Enemy, playing a battered wife who escapes her demented husband, Patrick Bergin, and begins a new life in Iowa. She played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg’s Hook in 1991, and also played a Nurse in the 1991 film Dying Young; which 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?" In 1993, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in the successful The Pelican Brief, based on the John Grisham novel. She also starred alongside Liam Neeson in the 1996 film Michael Collins. Over the next few years, she starred in a series of films that were critical and commercial failures, primarily because she was cast in roles that strayed too far from her film persona, such as Stephen Frears’ Mary Reilly (1996) for which she earned a Razzie Worst Actress nomination. She starred with Hugh Grant in the 1999 film Notting Hill. That same year, she also starred in Runaway Bride, the second film with the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere duo. Roberts was a guest star on the Law & Order television series in an episode broadcast on May 5, 1999 entitled "Empire", with series regular Benjamin Bratt (at that time her boyfriend). Also in 1999, she starred in the critically panned film Stepmom alongside Susan Sarandon.

Roberts made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother, Eric, in Blood Red (she has just two words of dialogue), which, although filmed in 1987 was not released until 1989 (She was just about to have her 19th birthday during the filming). 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. She also once appeared on Sesame Street opposite the character Elmo, demonstrating her ability to change emotions. Roberts first caught the attention of moviegoers with 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. The following year, she was featured in Steel Magnolias as a young bride battling diabetes and garnered her first Oscar nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.

In 2001, Roberts received the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, who helped wage a successful lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric. While presenting the Best Actor Award to Denzel Washington the following year, she 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.[8] Roberts would team up with Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh for three more films:

Roberts became known to worldwide audiences when she co-starred with Richard Gere


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’Juliaholic,’ described her 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 production of “Greenberg’s slender, elegant play,” writing that “it’s almost impossible to discern its artistic virtues from this wooden and splintered interpretation, directed by Joe Mantello.” Three Days of Rain received two Tony Award nominations in stage design categories, but took home neither prize. Roberts did, however, receive a audience award (a minor theatrical prize) for her performance.

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy García, Roberts, cast of Ocean’s Eleven along with director Steven Soderbergh in December 2001 Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Full Frontal (2002), and Ocean’s Twelve (2004). Later in 2001 she starred in the road gangster comedy The Mexican giving her a chance to work with long time friend Brad Pitt. In 2005, she was featured in the music video for the hit single "Dreamgirl" by the Dave Matthews Band.

American Girl Films
Julia Roberts has brought to life some of the books from American Girl as movies and serves as Executive Producer, along with her sister Lisa. The company’s product lines and services are focused on pre-teen-girl characters from various periods of American history, who are embodied as dolls and featured in narratives including books and movies. Its flagship line is a collection of historical 18-inch dolls that have books and accessories. Currently Julia Roberts has produced four movies.[9]

Roberts’s two films released in 2006, The Ant Bully and Charlotte’s Web, were both animated features for which she provided only voice acting. Her next film was Charlie Wilson’s War, with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols and based on the book by former CBS journalist George Crile; it was released on December 21, 2007. Fireflies in the Garden, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe is currently in post-production, with release set for 2009. It has also been announced that Roberts will star in The Friday Night Knitting Club, based on the novel of the same name by Kate Jacobs. Her niece, Emma Roberts, is said to be considered for the role of her daughter.

Directors Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, Joel Schumacher, Steven Soderbergh, and Garry Marshall have repeatedly cast Roberts in their films. But Steven Spielberg, after directing her in Hook (1991) for which she earned a Razzie Worst Supporting Actress nomination, never worked with her again. In a 1993 interview with Barbara Walters, Roberts said that she was confused by Spielberg’s recollection of working with her, as she only has positive memories of working on his film.[10] In 1993, The New York Times[11]wrote that Herbert Ross, the director of Steel Magnolias, criticized that Julia’s acting was one-dimensional, despite the fact that she received her first Academy Award nomination for it. Although, Roberts eventually called for a truce, the two never worked together again.

Broadway debut
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. Although the play grossed nearly US$1 million dollars in ticket sales during its first week and was a commercial success throughout its limited run, most critics heavily criticized Roberts’ performance. The New York Times’ critic Ben Brantly, a self-proclaimed

As of February 2007, Roberts’s films have grossed $2,204,631,930 at the American box


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office making her the biggest female movie star in history and achieving this feat with only 31 films to her name.[12] She was also placed at the pinnacle of the Ulmer Scale, a comprehensive guide to the global star power of actors and directors in independent and studio films created by James Ulmer, ahead of such other luminaries as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. This was partly owing to her ability to attract filmgoers solely on the basis of her name’s appearance above the title and without the support of a male co-star, something few other actresses have been able to do.

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Roberts met her current husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, on the set of her movie The Mexican in 2000 and they began an affair. Though at the time, Moder was married to Vera Steimberg Moder, he filed for divorce a little over a year later, and after it was finalized, he and Roberts wed on Fourth of July 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico.[14]On November 28, 2004, they became the parents of fraternal twins, daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter. Their third child, son Henry Daniel Moder, was born on June 18, 2007, in Los Angeles.[15][16]

Personal life
Roberts’s personal life has often been in the spotlight. She has had widely reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, David Warmee, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. She was briefly engaged to McDermott, her Steel Magnolias co-star. She met Sutherland in 1990, when he was her co-star in Flatliners; he left his wife and children to move in with Roberts. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for June 14, 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding when she discovered Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. Roberts subsequently went to Ireland with Jason Patric, a friend of Sutherland’s. On June 27, 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett; the couple had met only three weeks earlier. The wedding took place on 72-hours’ notice and was held in Marion, Indiana, near where Lovett was appearing on tour with his band. Less than two years later, in March 1995, the couple separated, and subsequently divorced. In 1998, Roberts began dating Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt, and he was her escort for the March 25, 2001 Academy Awards ceremony at which she won her Oscar. Three months later, in June 2001, Roberts and Bratt announced that they were no longer a couple. "It’s come to a kind and tenderhearted end," she said of their relationship.[13]

Roberts has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations. In Spring 1995, Roberts, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF, asked if she could meet some of the relief agency’s neediest recipients. On May 10, she 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: $10 million in aid was sought at the time. In 2000, Roberts narrated Silent Angels, a documentary about Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, which was shot in Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York. The documentary was designed to help raise public awareness about the disease. In July 2006, Earth Biofuels announced Roberts as a spokeswoman for the company and as chair of the company’s newly formed Advisory Board promoting the use of renewable fuels.

Filmography Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film Steel Magnolias Result Nominated 1989 Academy Best SupAward porting Actress Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture



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Year Title 1987 Firehouse 1988 Blood Red Miami Vice Mystic Pizza Baja Oklahoma Satisfaction 1989 Steel Magnolias Role Babs Maria Collogero Polly Wheeler Daisy Arujo Candy Hutchins Daryle Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Notes

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TV (season 4 episode 22: Mirror Image) Independent Spirit Award Nomination: Best Lead Actress TV Also known as Girls of Summer Academy Award nomination: Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe win: Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination: Best Actress BAFTA nomination: Best Actress Golden Globe win: Best Musical/Comedy Actress Razzie Award Worst Supporting Actress

1990 Flatliners Pretty Woman

Rachel Mannus Vivian Ward

1991 Hook Dying Young Sleeping with the Enemy 1992 The Player 1993 The Pelican Brief 1994 Prêt-à-Porter I Love Trouble 1995 Something to Talk About 1996 Everyone Says I Love You Michael Collins Mary Reilly 1997 Conspiracy Theory My Best Friend’s Wedding 1998 Stepmom 1999 Runaway Bride Notting Hill 2000 Erin Brockovich

Tinkerbell Hilary O’Neil Sara Waters/Laura Burney

Cameo Darby Shaw Anne Eisenhower Sabrina Peterson Grace King Bichon Von Sidell Kitty Kiernan Mary Reilly Alice Sutton Julianne Potter Isabel Kelly Maggie Carpenter Anna Scott Erin Brockovich Golden Globe nomination: Best Musical/ Comedy Actress Academy Award win: Best Actress BAFTA win: Best Actress Golden Globe win: Best Drama Actress Golden Globe nomination: Best Musical/ Comedy Actress Razzie Award Worst Actress Also known as Ready to Wear


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2001 Ocean’s Eleven America’s Sweethearts The Mexican 2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Grand Champion Full Frontal 2003 Mona Lisa Smile 2004 Ocean’s Twelve Closer 2006 Charlotte’s Web Beslan: Three Days In September The Ant Bully 2007 Charlie Wilson’s War 2008 Fireflies in the Garden 2009 Duplicity 2010 The Friday Night Knitting Club 1990 Academy Best Award Actress BAFTA Award Golden Globe Award Best Actress Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Best Supporting Actress Best Actress Worst Supporting Actress Best Cast Worst Actress Flatliners Tess Ocean Kathleen "Kiki" Harrison Samantha Barzel Patricia Watson Jolene Catherine/ Francesca Katherine Ann Watson Tess Ocean Anna Cameron Charlotte the Spider (voice) Narrator Hova (voice) Joanne Herring Lisa Waechter Claire Stenwick Georgia Walker forthcoming film

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Golden Globe nomination - Best Supporting Actress

Pretty Woman

Nominated Golden 1997 Globe Nominated Award Won 1999 Emmy Award

Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

My Best Friend’s Wedding


Saturn Award 1991 Saturn Award Razzie Award 1994 NBR Award 1996 Razzie Award


Outstanding Law & Guest Order Actress Drama Series Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Notting Hill


Sleeping with the Enemy Hook


Golden Globe Award



Prêt-àPorter Mary Reilly

Won Nominated


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Awards and achievements Preceded by Sigourney Weaver for Working Girl

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Succeeded by Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Pic- Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost ture for Steel Magnolias 1991 Succeeded by Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical Bette Midler for For the Boys or Comedy for Pretty Woman 1991 Academy Award for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich 2000 Succeeded by Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball

Preceded by Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy

Preceded by Hilary Swank for Boys Don’t Cry Preceded by Annette Bening for American Beauty Preceded by Annette Bening for American Beauty Preceded by Hilary Swank for Boys Don’t Cry

BAFTA Award for Best Actress in Succeeded by Judi Dench a Leading Role for Iris for Erin Brockovich 2001 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture for Erin Brockovich 2000 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for Erin Brockovich 2001 Erin Won Brockovich Won Succeeded by Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball Succeeded by Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom

2000 Academy Best Award Actress BAFTA Award Empire Award Golden Globe Award NBR Award SAG Award Best Actress Best Actress Best Actress Motion Picture Drama Best Actress Outstanding Actress Motion Picture Best Cast Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture

Further reading

• Mark Bego. Julia Rica’s Sweetheart (New York: AMI Books, 2003)[17] • Paul Donnelley. Julia Roberts Confidential: Nominated Unauthorised Biography (London: The Virgin, 2003)[18] Won • Frank Sanello. Julia Roberts: Pretty Superstar (Edinburgh: Mainstream 2000)[19] • James Spada. Julia: Her Life (New York: St Martin’s Press, 2004)[20] Won Won


2004 NBR Award 2007 Golden Globe Award

Closer Charlie Wilson’s War

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[8] news Julia Roberts criticized for behavior at Oscars [9] Julia Roberts’ credits at IMDB [10] Julia Roberts on the WEB! - Interview interview with Barbara Walters-1993 [11] FILM; Julia Roberts, After the Layoff and With Lyle - New York Times [12] Julia Roberts Movie Box Office Results [13] Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line - David Letterman, Julia Roberts : [14] Schneider, Karen (2002-07-11). "Hideaway Bride". People Magazine. 0,,628189_3,00.html. Retrieved on 2007-12-18. [15] ap_on_en_mo/people_julia_roberts [16] Julia Roberts Welcomes a Baby Boy Birth, Julia Roberts : [17] Mark Bego’s Home Page [18] - Home [19] Frank Sanello [20] James Spada

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External links
• Julia Roberts at the Internet Movie Database • Julia Roberts at the Internet Broadway Database • Julia Roberts at Persondata NAME ALTERNATIVE NAMES SHORT DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH Roberts, Julia Julie Roberts American actress October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28) Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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