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Julia Roberts

Julia RobertsAKA Julie Fiona Roberts

Born: 28-Oct-1967
Birthplace: Smyrna, GA

Gender: Female
Religion: Hindu
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pretty Woman

As a child, she was Julie Roberts, mocked for her string-bean physique, thick glasses, and toothy grin. Her parents divorced when she was in kindergarten, and her father died when she was 10. In adolescence she switched to contact lenses and bloomed to beautiful, and to match her new look she asked friends to call her "Julia" instead of "Julie". After high school, she moved to New York and spent a few years modeling, selling shoes, and working at an ice cream stand. At 19, she landed her first film role, a tiny part in a raunchy R-rated comedy of sexual harassment, Firehouse. At 20, she played bass and sang back-up behind Justine Bateman in Satisfaction, a barely watchable comedy about a big-hair all-girl rock-n-roll cover band. Her first film worth remembering was Mystic Pizza (1988), a comedy about three teens working at a small-town pizza parlor.

She played the doomed bride Shelby in Steel Magnolias (1989), opposite Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, and Olympia Dukakis. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and suddenly became Hollywood's new "It" girl. In Pretty Woman (1990), she played a Disneyfied prostitute, falling for client Richard Gere. The film was a shallow, predictable, and utterly unbelievable fairy tale that managed to earn $178 million in America, establishing Roberts as a major star. Typical of her films are Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Erin Brockovich with Albert Finney. She was reportedly paid $20 million for Brockovich, making Roberts the highest-paid female film starlet of all time.

Roberts has had a wild romantic life. She broke an engagement to Kiefer Sutherland, calling off the wedding mere days before the scheduled ceremony in 1991, when she heard that Sutherland had been unfaithful to her. She was whispered to have had a nervous breakdown in the aftermath, and ended up in the arms of actor Jason Patric. She was married to the singer Lyle Lovett for two years, and spent three years dating actor Benjamin Bratt. She is now married to a camera operator.

Roberts was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress for Pretty Woman, and won the honor for Erin Brockovich. She is booked to appear on Broadway in a 2006 production of Three Days of Rain, and she has recorded voice work for two upcoming cartoons, Charlotte's Web and Ant Bully. There are rumors that she may retire from Hollywood to raise her twins, born in 2004.

For years, Roberts was quiet about politics, but she began speaking out after the Bush administration came to power in 2001. She described Bush as "embarrassing", and said, "He's not my president. He will never be my president".

Father: Walter Roberts (b. 1933, stage actor, d. 1977, throat cancer)
Mother: Betty Lou Roberts (b. 1934, real estate agent, d. 19-Feb-2015 lung cancer)
Father: Michael Motes (stepfather)
Brother: Eric Roberts (actor, b. 1956)
Sister: Lisa Roberts Gillan (actress, b. 1965)
Sister: Nancy Motes (half sister, b. 19-May-1975, d. 9-Feb-2014 drug overdose)
Boyfriend: Liam Neeson (actor, dated late 1980s)
Boyfriend: Richard Gere (actor, dated 1989)
Boyfriend: Dylan McDermott (actor, dated 1989)
Boyfriend: Kiefer Sutherland (broken engagement in 1991)
Boyfriend: Jason Patric (actor, dated 1991-92)
Husband: Lyle Lovett (singer, dated 1992-93, m. 25-Jun-1993, div. 22-Mar-1995)
Boyfriend: Ethan Hawke (actor, dated mid-1990s)
Boyfriend: Matthew Perry (actor, dated mid-1990s)
Boyfriend: Daniel Day-Lewis (actor, dated mid-1990s)
Boyfriend: Benjamin Bratt (actor, dated 1998-2001)
Husband: Danny Moder (cameraman, b. 1969, dated 2001-02, m. 4-Jul-2002, three children)
Daughter: Hazel Patricia Moder (b. 28-Nov-2004, twin)
Son: Phinnaeus Walter Moder (b. 28-Nov-2004, twin)
Son: Henry Daniel Moder (b. 18-Jun-2007)

    High School: Campbell High School, Smyrna, GA (1985)

    Endorsement of AOL
    Endorsement of Avon (2006)
    Endorsement of Lavazza Coffee (2010)
    Baskin-Robbins clerk, New York City
    Caribou Club
    Nervous Breakdown
    Converted to Hinduism
    Oscar for Best Actress 2001 for Erin Brockovich
    Golden Globe 1990 for Steel Magnolias
    Golden Globe 1991 for Pretty Woman
    Golden Globe 2001 for Erin Brockovich
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker, Marijuana, Yoga

    Ben Is Back (8-Sep-2018)
    Wonder (14-Nov-2017)
    Smurfs: The Lost Village (23-Mar-2017) [VOICE]
    Money Monster (12-May-2016)
    Mother's Day (13-Apr-2016)
    Secret in Their Eyes (12-Nov-2015)
    The Normal Heart (25-May-2014)
    August: Osage County (9-Sep-2013)
    Mirror Mirror (15-Mar-2012)
    Larry Crowne (30-Jun-2011) · Mercedes Tainot
    Love, Wedding, Marriage (3-Jun-2011) · Ava's Therapist [VOICE]
    Eat Pray Love (13-Aug-2010) · Liz Gilbert
    Valentine's Day (10-Feb-2010) · Capt. Kate Hazeltine
    Duplicity (18-Mar-2009)
    Fuel (17-Oct-2008) · Herself
    Fireflies in the Garden (10-Feb-2008) · Lisa
    Charlie Wilson's War (21-Dec-2007)
    Charlotte's Web (7-Dec-2006) · Charlotte the Spider [VOICE]
    The Ant Bully (28-Jul-2006) · Hova [VOICE]
    Ocean's Twelve (8-Dec-2004)
    Closer (3-Dec-2004) · Anna
    Tell Them Who You Are (11-Sep-2004) · Herself
    Mona Lisa Smile (19-Dec-2003) · Katherine Ann Watson
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (31-Dec-2002) · Patricia
    Full Frontal (2-Aug-2002)
    Grand Champion (Mar-2002)
    Ocean's Eleven (5-Dec-2001) · Tess Ocean
    America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) · Herself
    America's Sweethearts (17-Jul-2001) · Kiki Harrison
    The Mexican (2-Mar-2001)
    Erin Brockovich (14-Mar-2000)
    Light Keeps Me Company (5-Feb-2000) · Herself
    Runaway Bride (25-Jul-1999)
    Notting Hill (13-May-1999) · Anna Scott
    Stepmom (15-Dec-1998) · Isabel Kelly
    Conspiracy Theory (8-Aug-1997) · Alice Sutton
    My Best Friend's Wedding (20-Jun-1997) · Julianne Potter
    Everyone Says I Love You (6-Dec-1996)
    Michael Collins (28-Aug-1996) · Kitty Kiernan
    Mary Reilly (23-Feb-1996) · Mary Reilly
    Something to Talk About (4-Aug-1995) · Grace
    Prêt-à-Porter (25-Dec-1994) · Anne Eisenhower
    I Love Trouble (29-Jun-1994)
    The Pelican Brief (17-Dec-1993)
    The Player (3-Apr-1992) · Herself
    Hook (11-Dec-1991) · Tinkerbell
    Dying Young (21-Jun-1991) · Hilary O'Neil
    Sleeping with the Enemy (8-Feb-1991) · Sara
    Flatliners (10-Aug-1990) · Rachel
    Pretty Woman (23-Mar-1990)
    Steel Magnolias (15-Nov-1989) · Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
    Blood Red (18-Aug-1989)
    Mystic Pizza (21-Oct-1988) · Daisy
    Baja Oklahoma (20-Feb-1988)
    Satisfaction (12-Feb-1988) · Daryle

Appears on the cover of:
People, 8-May-2000, DETAILS: The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2000
People, 28-Jul-2003, DETAILS: The Truth About Julia's Marriage

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