Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts
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Roberts at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Jesus Henry Christ
Born
Julia Fiona Roberts

(1967-10-28) October 28, 1967 (age 52)
Smryna, Georgia, US
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, executive producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Lyle Lovett
(1993–1995)
Daniel Moder
(2002–present)[1]
ChildrenPhinnaeus Moder (son) Henry Daniel Moder (son) Hazel Moder (daughter)
Parent(s)Betty Lou Bredemus (mother) Walter Grady Roberts (father)
FamilyEric Roberts (brother)
Lisa Roberts Gillan (sister)
Emma Roberts (niece)

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,[2][3] to Betty Lou (née Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts[2][3][4] She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish ancestry.[5][6] Her father was a Baptist and her mother a Roman Catholic,[7] and she was raised a Catholic.[8][9] 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]

Title Year Role Director(s) Notes
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
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

References[change | change source]

  1. "Danny Moder and Julia Roberts Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 4, 2004. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Julia Roberts Biography (1967–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Julie "Julia" Fiona Roberts". Ancestry.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. Taylor, Clarke (November 24, 1983). "Eric Roberts: His 'Star 80' Shines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. "Julia Robert's Swedish ancestors" in Swedish, Genealogi.se
  6. "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts" February 27, 2011, Huffington Post
  7. Oh, Eunice (August 4, 2010). "Why Julia Roberts Refuses to Get Botox". people.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  8. Talmadge, Eric (August 18, 2010). "'Eat Pray Love' star Julia Roberts happy as is". The Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved September 12, 2010. Julia, who was raised a Catholic...
  9. Thomson, Katherine (August 18, 2010). "Hindu Julia Roberts: I'm Done Talking About Religion". Huffington Post. USA. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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