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Julia Fiona Roberts

October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28) (age 53)
Alma mater Georgia State University (academic withdrawal)
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1987–present
Lyle Lovett
(m. 1993; div. 1995)

Daniel Moder (m. 2002)
Children 3
Parent(s) Walter Grady Roberts
Betty Lou Bredemus
Relatives Eric Roberts (brother)
Lisa Roberts Gillan (sister)
Emma Roberts (niece)

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress and producer. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990), which grossed $464 million worldwide. She has won three Golden Globe Awards (out of eight nominations) and has been nominated for four Academy Awards for her film acting, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).

Her films have collectively brought box office receipts of over US$2.8 billion, making her one of the most successful actresses in terms of box office receipts. Roberts was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in the HBO television film The Normal Heart (2014).

Roberts was the highest-paid actress in the world throughout most of the 1990s and in the first half of the 2000s. Her fee for 1990's Pretty Woman was US$300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003). As of 2007 Roberts's net worth was estimated to be $140 million. She has been named the world's most beautiful woman by People a record five times.

Early life and family

Roberts in May 2002

Roberts was born in Smyrna, Georgia. She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. She was raised Catholic. Her older brother Eric Roberts, older sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and niece Emma Roberts, are also actors.

Roberts' parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing in theatrical productions for the armed forces. They later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, off Juniper Street in Midtown. They ran a children's acting school in Decatur, Georgia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school; Walter Roberts was their daughters Yolanda Denise King's acting coach.

From 1972, Roberts lived in Smyrna, Georgia, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Campbell High School. 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.

Early career

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Julia Roberts at the Toronto Film Festival 2013

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. 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 not released until 1989. 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. 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.

Personal life

Roberts 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. Roberts and her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, met on the set of her film The Mexican in 2000, he and Roberts wed on July 4, 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. Together, they have three children.

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.



Title Year Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
Firehouse 1987 Babs J. Christian Ingvordsen Uncredited
Straight-to-video release
Satisfaction 1988 Daryle Shane Joan Freeman
Mystic Pizza 1988 Daisy Arujo Donald Petrie
Blood Red 1989 Marisa Collogero Peter Masterson Filmed in 1986
Steel Magnolias 1989 Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Herbert Ross
Pretty Woman 1990 Vivian Ward Garry Marshall
Flatliners 1990 Rachel Mannus Joel Schumacher
Sleeping with the Enemy 1991 Laura Williams Burney/ Sara Waters Joseph Ruben
Dying Young 1991 Hilary O'Neil Joel Schumacher
Hook 1991 Tinker Bell Steven Spielberg
The Player 1992 Herself Robert Altman Cameo
The Pelican Brief 1993 Darby Shaw Alan J. Pakula
I Love Trouble 1994 Sabrina Peterson Charles Shyer
Prêt-à-Porter 1994 Anne Eisenhower Robert Altman
Something to Talk About 1995 Grace King Bichon Lasse Hallström
Mary Reilly 1996 Mary Reilly Stephen Frears
Michael Collins 1996 Kitty Kiernan Neil Jordan
Everyone Says I Love You 1996 Von Sidell Woody Allen
My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 Julianne Potter P.J. Hogan
Conspiracy Theory 1997 Alice Sutton Richard Donner
Stepmom 1998 Isabel Kelly Chris Columbus Also executive producer
Notting Hill 1999 Anna Scott Roger Michell
Runaway Bride 1999 Maggie Carpenter Garry Marshall
Erin Brockovich 2000 Erin Brockovich Steven Soderbergh
The Mexican 2001 Samantha Barzel Gore Verbinski
America's Sweethearts 2001 Kiki Harrison Joe Roth
Ocean's Eleven 2001 Tess Ocean Steven Soderbergh
Grand Champion 2002 Jolene Barry Tubb
Full Frontal 2002 Francesca/Catherine Steven Soderbergh
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 Patricia Watson George Clooney
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Katherine Ann Watson Mike Newell
Tell Them Who You Are 2004 Herself Mark Wexler
Closer 2004 Anna Cameron Mike Nichols
Ocean's Twelve 2004 Tess Ocean Steven Soderbergh
The Ant Bully 2006 Hova John A. Davis Voice only
Charlotte's Web 2006 Charlotte the Spider Gary Winick Voice only
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 Joanne Herring Mike Nichols
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 Lisa Taylor Dennis Lee
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 Patricia Rozema Executive producer
Duplicity 2009 Claire Stenwick Tony Gilroy
Valentine's Day 2010 Captain Kate Hazeltine Garry Marshall
Eat Pray Love 2010 Elizabeth Gilbert Ryan Murphy
Jesus Henry Christ 2011 Dennis Lee Executive producer
Love, Wedding, Marriage 2011 Ava's Therapist Dermot Mulroney Voice only
Larry Crowne 2011 Mercedes Tainot Tom Hanks
Mirror, Mirror 2012 Queen Clementianna Tarsem Singh
August: Osage County 2013 Barbara Fordham John Wells
Secret in Their Eyes 2015 Jess Cobb Billy Ray
Mother's Day 2016 Miranda Garry Marshall
Money Monster 2016 Patty Fenn Jodie Foster
Smurfs: The Lost Village 2017 Smurf Willow Kelly Asbury Voice only
Wonder 2017 Isabel Pullman Stephen Chbosky
Ben Is Back 2018 Holly Burns Peter Hedges


Title Year Role Channel Notes Ref(s)
Crime Story 1987 Tracy NBC Episode: "The Survivor"
Miami Vice 1988 Polly Wheeler NBC Episode: "Mirror Image"
Baja Oklahoma 1988 Candy Hutchins HBO Television film
Before Your Eyes: Angelie's Secret 1995 Narrator CBS Television film
Friends 1996 Susie Moss NBC Episode: "The One After the Superbowl"
Murphy Brown 1998 Herself CBS Episode: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Law & Order 1999 Katrina Ludlow NBC Episode: "Empire"
Silent Angels: The Rett Syndrome Story 2000 Narrator Discovery Health Channel
Queens Supreme 2003 CBS Executive producer
Freedom: A History of US 2003 Virginia Eyewitness/
Appleton's Journal
PBS 2 episodes
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday 2004 The WB Executive producer
Television film
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure 2005 The WB Executive producer
Television film
Beslan: Three Days In September 2006 Narrator Showtime Documentary
Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front 2007 Disney Channel Executive producer
Television film
Extraordinary Moms 2011 Presenter OWN Documentary
Also executive producer
Makers: Women Who Make America 2014 Narrator PBS Episode: "Women in Hollywood"
The Normal Heart 2014 Dr. Emma Brookner HBO Television film
Running Wild with Bear Grylls 2017 Herself NBC Episode: "Julia Roberts"
Homecoming 2018 Heidi Bergman Amazon Video

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