Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts

Roberts at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Jesus Henry Christ
Born Julia Fiona Roberts
October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28) (age 47)
Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, executive producer
Years active 1987–present
Religion Hinduism[1]
Spouse Lyle Lovett
(1993–1995)
Daniel Moder
(2002–present)[2]
Children 3

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles in the movies Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Runaway Bride (1998) and Erin Brockovich (2000). Roberts regularly plays characters of attractive powerful women. She has been among People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the world eight times.

It is commonly mistaken that Julia's birth name is "Julie". Roberts has said in interviews that "Julie" was a nickname given to her by classmates in elementary school, and she never took well to it. She reverted to her original name "Julia Roberts" when she discovered that a "Julie Roberts" was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. Roberts originally wanted to be a veterinarian (an animal doctor), but later studied journalism. When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieved success in Hollywood, Julia decided to try acting. Her first breakthrough came when she played in two youth-oriented movies called Mystic Pizza and Satisfaction, both filmed in 1987. Roberts' sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and niece Emma Roberts are actresses.

Early life and family[change | change source]

Roberts was born in Smyrna, Georgia,[3][4] to Betty Lou (nee Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts[3][4][5] She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish ancestry.[6][7] Her father was a Baptist and her mother a Roman Catholic,[8] and she was raised a Catholic.[9][10] Her older brother, Eric Roberts, from whom she was estranged until 2004; sister Lisa Roberts Gillan; and niece Emma Roberts, are also actors.

Personal life[change | change source]

Roberts' first marriage was to musician Lyle Lovett; they divorced. She and her husband Danny Moder have three children. She gave birth to twins, Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter, in 2004. In 2007, she gave birth to a son, Henry Daniel.

Roberts is a convert to Hinduism.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Firehouse Babs
1988 Blood Red Maria Collogero
Mystic Pizza Daisy Arujo Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Satisfaction Daryle Also known as Girls of Summer
1989 Steel Magnolias Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990 Flatliners Rachel Mannus Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pretty Woman Vivian Ward Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1991 Hook Tinkerbell
Dying Young Hilary O'Neil
Sleeping with the Enemy Sara Waters/Laura Burney Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1992 The Player Cameo
1993 The Pelican Brief Darby Shaw
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Anne Eisenhower Also known as Ready to Wear
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
I Love Trouble Sabrina Peterson
1995 Something to Talk About Grace King Bichon
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Von Sidell
Michael Collins Kitty Kiernan
Mary Reilly Mary Reilly
1997 Conspiracy Theory Alice Sutton
My Best Friend's Wedding Julianne Potter Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998 Stepmom Isabel Kelly
1999 Runaway Bride Maggie Carpenter
Notting Hill Anna Scott Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2000 Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich Academy Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2001 Ocean's Eleven Tess Ocean Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
America's Sweethearts Kathleen "Kiki" Harrison
The Mexican Samantha Barzel
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Patricia Watson
Grand Champion Jolene
Full Frontal Catherine/Francesca
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Katherine Ann Watson
2004 Ocean's Twelve Tess Ocean Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Closer Anna Cameron National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2006 Charlotte's Web Charlotte the Spider (voice)
Beslan: Three Days In September Narrator
The Ant Bully Hova (voice)
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Joanne Herring Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Lisa Waechter
2009 Duplicity Claire Stenwick Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2010 Valentine's Day Kate
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

Television[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Crime Story Tracy Episode "The Survivor" (1.19)
1996 Friends Susie Moss Episode "The One After the Superbowl: Part 2" (2.13)
1988 Miami Vice Polly Wheeler Season 4 episode 22: "Mirror Image"
Baja Oklahoma Candy Hutchins TV
1999 Law & Order Katrina Ludlow Episode "Empire"
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series
2003 Freedom: A History Of Us Virginia Eyewitness 2 episodes: "What Is Freedom?" (1.07); "Yearning to Breathe Free" (1.10)

References[change | change source]

  1. Blake, Heidi (August 5, 2010). "Julia Roberts: I'm a Hindu". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/7928961/Julia-Roberts-Im-a-Hindu.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. "Danny Moder and Julia Roberts Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 4, 2004. http://www.celebritybrideguide.com/danny-moder-julia-roberts-wedding/. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Julia Roberts Biography (1967–)". FilmReference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/29/Julia-Roberts.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Julie "Julia" Fiona Roberts". Ancestry.com. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/celeb/roberts.htm. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. Taylor, Clarke (November 24, 1983). "Eric Roberts: His 'Star 80' Shines". Los Angeles Times. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/671674182.html?dids=671674182:671674182&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Nov+24%2C+1983&author=&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=ERIC+ROBERTS%3A+HIS+'STAR+80'+SHINES&pqatl=google. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. "Julia Robert's Swedish ancestors" in Swedish, Genealogi.se
  7. "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts" February 27, 2011, Huffington Post
  8. Oh, Eunice (August 4, 2010). "Why Julia Roberts Refuses to Get Botox". people.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20407807,00.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. Talmadge, Eric (August 18, 2010). "'Eat Pray Love' star Julia Roberts happy as is". The Washington Times. Associated Press. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/18/eat-pray-love-star-julia-roberts-happy-as-is/. Retrieved September 12, 2010. "Julia, who was raised a Catholic..."
  10. Thomson, Katherine (August 18, 2010). "Hindu Julia Roberts: I'm Done Talking About Religion". Huffington Post (USA). http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/hindu-julia-roberts-im-do_n_685893.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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