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Also Known As: Julia Fiona Roberts Died:
Born: October 28, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Smyrna, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, producer, model, salesperson

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One of the few bankable female stars of the 1990s, actress Julia Roberts remained an iconic figure whose assured, winsome performances underscored her undeniable public appeal. Following a breakthrough role in "Mystic Pizza" (1988), Roberts earned critical acclaim and award recognition for her portrayal of the ill-fated Shelby in "Steel Magnolias" (1989). But it was her performance as a hooker with a heart of gold opposite Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" (1990) that propelled Roberts into the upper tier of Hollywood actresses. Roberts quickly became one of the highest paid stars - male or female - in the world, eventually raking in $25 million for a film. Equally in the limelight for a torrent of high-profile and often rocky romances, Roberts managed to maintain an output of projects that consistently topped the box office. While sometimes accused of lacking the chops to be a serious actress, she erased all doubts with her Oscar-winning performance in "Erin Brockovich" (2001), as well as other acclaimed roles in "Closer" (2004) and "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), all of which underscored Roberts' unique ability to be both a huge box office draw and an accomplished performer.

One of the few bankable female stars of the 1990s, actress Julia Roberts remained an iconic figure whose assured, winsome performances underscored her undeniable public appeal. Following a breakthrough role in "Mystic Pizza" (1988), Roberts earned critical acclaim and award recognition for her portrayal of the ill-fated Shelby in "Steel Magnolias" (1989). But it was her performance as a hooker with a heart of gold opposite Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" (1990) that propelled Roberts into the upper tier of Hollywood actresses. Roberts quickly became one of the highest paid stars - male or female - in the world, eventually raking in $25 million for a film. Equally in the limelight for a torrent of high-profile and often rocky romances, Roberts managed to maintain an output of projects that consistently topped the box office. While sometimes accused of lacking the chops to be a serious actress, she erased all doubts with her Oscar-winning performance in "Erin Brockovich" (2001), as well as other acclaimed roles in "Closer" (2004) and "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), all of which underscored Roberts' unique ability to be both a huge box office draw and an accomplished performer.

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 Larry Crowne (2011)
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 His Way (2011)
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 Eat Pray Love (2010)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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 Duplicity (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Smyrna, GA
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Moved to NYC immediately after high school graduation; lived with sister Lisa; worked briefly as a Click model
1986:
Made film acting debut in "Blood Red," co-starring brother Eric (released in U.S. in March 1989)
1987:
Made TV debut on "The Survivor" episode of NBC's "Crime Story"
1988:
First released film, "Satisfaction"
1988:
Appeared in first TV-movie, "Baja Oklahoma" (HBO)
1988:
Played first leading film role in "Mystic Pizza"
1989:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as Shelby, the doomed diabetic bride in "Steel Magnolias"
1990:
Breakthrough screen performance, the title role in "Pretty Woman"; first screen pairing with Richard Gere under the direction of Garry Marshall; garnered Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1991:
Starred as an abused wife on the run from her husband in the surprise hit "Sleeping With the Enemy"
1991:
Played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"
1992:
Appeared as herself (in a movie-within-the-movie) in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1992:
Formed a two year semi-exclusive production deal between her own YMA Productions and Joe Roth's Caravan Pictures
1993:
Starred opposite Denzel Washington in "The Pelican Brief"
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Formed Shoelace Productions
1994:
Had rare box office disappointment and teamed with Nick Nolte in "I Love Trouble"
1995:
Guest starred on an episode of the hit NBC sitcom "Friends"
1996:
Took on a dramatic role as the British maid to Dr. Jekyll in "Mary Reilly"
1996:
Portrayed Kitty Kiernan, erstwhile lover to "Michael Collins" in Neil Jordan's biopic of the Irish patriot
1996:
Co-starred in the Woody Allen directed musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You" as Allen's love interest; also sang "All My Life" for the soundtrack
1997:
Made a box-office hit comeback with the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"
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Formed Shoelace Productions
1998:
Appeared as herself on an episode of the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"
1998:
Narrated and appeared in the PBS' special "In the Wild: Orangutans With Julia Roberts"
1998:
Producing debut, "Stepmom"; played the title role of Ed Harris' young girlfriend competing with his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon)
1999:
Made rare TV dramatic guest appearance on an episode of "Law & Order"; garnered an Emmy nomination
1999:
Starred opposite Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy "Notting Hill"
1999:
Reteamed with Garry Marshall and Richard Gere for "Runaway Bride"
2000:
Won an Academy Award for her role as "Erin Brockovich," a based on fact tale of a legal secretary who championed a case of water poisoning into a class action lawsuit
2001:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in "The Mexican"
2001:
Played a personal assistant to a movie star in "America's Sweethearts"
2001:
Joined all-star ensemble cast in Steven Soderbergh's remake of "Ocean's Eleven" as the estranged wife of George Clooney's Danny Ocean
2002:
Co-starred with Blair Underwood in the Soderbergh directed "Full Frontal"
2002:
Reunited with Clooney for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," which he also directed
2003:
Played a free-spirited teacher at a women-only college in "Mona Lisa Smile"
2004:
Co-starred with Clive Owen and Jude Law in Mike Nichols' "Closer," an adaption of the Broadway play
2004:
Returned with the original cast for "Ocean's Twelve," directed by Soderbergh
2004:
Executive produced the "An American Girl" movies, which aired on Disney Channel; based on the popular American Girl dolls and books
2006:
Made stage debut in the Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg's play "Three Days of Rain"
2006:
Voiced the title character in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White
2007:
Re-teamed with director Mike Nichols for "Charlie Wilson's War," playing a Texan socialite opposite Tom Hanks; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Re-teamed with Clive Owen to play corporate spies in "Duplicity"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2010:
Starred in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia
2011:
Co-starred in "Larry Crowne" with Tom Hanks, who also co-wrote and directed
2012:
Starred in the fantasy comedy "Mirror Mirror" opposite Lily Collins as Snow White
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Education

Campbell High School: Smyrna , Georgia - 1985

Notes

In 1993, Roberts became the highest-paid actress to date, reportedly receiving $8.5 million per film. For "Mary Reilly" in 1996, she reportedly earned $10 million while a year later, she was paid $12 million for "Conspiracy Theory". In 1999, Roberts cracked the $20 million mark, making her once again the highest-paid female actor in Hollywood.

"If only, somehow, Julia Roberts could be as complicated on-screen as the feelings she prompts in one who looks carefully at her career. If that were possible, she might become a real actress, instead of remaining just a great beauty who gives off an uncanny sense of being flawed or damaged, and needing to be rescued. The flirt's secret message to her viewers is, after all, exactly that: RESCUE ME. But the serious actress must learn that that task is hers alone."---From "In Defense of Julia Roberts" by David Thomson, Movieline, April 1997.

"I don't think I'll ever really understand the fascination with [my private life]. And I comprehend less the idea that when there is nothing to report, something has to be manufactured."---Roberts to USA Today, June 20. 1997.

"Julia's smile is like a thousand-watt bulb. Everybody falls for it, but there's nothing like it when she smiles and laughs. You can't help but be drawn into it."---Dermot Mulroney, Roberts' co-star in "My Best Friend's Wedding" quoted to People, July 7, 1997.

"... there's no mistaking the tough core of intelligence and wit in her work, not just a willingness to take chances but a growing delight in doing so. Here's to future gambles in the still-surprising career of Julia Roberts. Risk looks good on her."---Peter Travers writing in US, August 1997.

"I'll tell you something, not long after 'Pretty Woman' came out, suddenly everyone who ever passed through Smyrna's city limits went to high school with me and was my best friend. I was suddenly reading accounts of my would-be life, based on people I had barely known in school. I find it more amusing than anything else ... every day of my life is just the greatest revenge, isn't it?"---Julia Roberts to the London Times, January 3, 1999.

"If people are going to support me, or pretend to support me, my belief is that they must support my desire to be a good actor, and in order to be a good actor it is my obligation to my desire to try different things. If I did the same thing all the time, how quickly would people get bored? They would be like, 'She's smiling again; oh God, that smile.'"---Roberts quoted in the London Times, April 29, 1999.

"It's nuts that the average person probably knows more about me than they do about their friends and families."---Roberts quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, May 23, 1999.

"What changes with fame, I think, are perceptions of an individual, more than the individual."---Julia Roberts to Stephen Schaefer in Boston Herald, May 28, 1999.

"I work when I want to work, and I work with people that I want to work with. I travel hither and yon to fabulous places. I'm surrounded by wonderful, interesting people. I live a privileged life, HUGELY privileged. It's an EXCELLENT life. I'm rich. I'm happy. I have a great job. It would be absurd to pretend that it's anything different. I'm like a pig in shit."---Roberts quoted in Vanity Fair, June 1999.

"The thing that I'm able to do now is put words to the feelings as opposed to once upon a time when, if someone approached me in a certain way, I might look at them and inside I'm thinking, please go away. Please stop looking at me. Please, please, please. I don't know how to deal with you. I don't know what to do."

"But it was a challenge that obviously I had to have in my life, and I think I was able to draw a lot of things from it. And I regret not a moment of it. Not even at its worst moment of really being apoplectic with ignorance, because my life is now so, I just live my life now. And each little steppingstone leads to the next thing, and it sounds corny, but to remove one element of it is to collapse the whole house of cards."---Roberts quoted in US, August 1999.

On starring in a movie about a woman with commitment problems given her own checkered romantic past, Roberts told US (August 1999): "Look, 'Runaway Bride' is a great title, incredibly evocative, but it doesn't attach to my life at all."

"My agent hates it when I say this, but if someone was making a real good movie and they had a nickel they could spare to get me to do the job, I'd do it. But when someone's making a no-budget independent film, going off to Nebraska to shoot a 105-page movie in 18 days, I don't think I'm the first name that springs to their mind. And that's unfortunate, because I would think it would be a gas."---From US, August 1999.

"Both 'Runaway Bride' and 'Notting Hill' are tailored to the public perception of Roberts herself, the actress who surges from one high profile romance to another. It is therefore easy to accept the fiction of the standard Roberts character as an adorable, slightly daffy commitment-phobe whose biggest problem is making up her mind. When we think of classic indecision, we think Hamlet. When we think of indecision Julia-style, we think of a frightened kitten being lured down from the tree by a kindly fireman."---From "The Trouble With Julia" by Jami Bernard, Daily News, August 8, 1999.

On her role in "Notting Hill": "It's not Julia Roberts. It's Anna Scott. For someone to think that I'm so fascinated with myself that I deserve to be the main character in a movie, they're out of their mind. A, my life is not to be documented in that way and B, I'm not that narcissistic. SO for people to think I'm playing myself is selling me way short. I worked way too hard on that movie. I work hard to look that natural. I can't prevent people from saying that. I'm not trying to change people's minds about me; never tried to, not interested in it. If they think Anna Scott is me playing myself, that's fine. But I didn't write the script. I didn't know the man who wrote it."---From Chicago Sun-Times, July 14, 1999.

On her rocky relationship with the press: "Everybody has a job to do, I appreciate that. But at the same time, my job is to act, not to clear things up, not to fill in the dotted lines of the ifs, ands, buts, whys and hows of my life. I have too often succumbed to the pressure of feeling that's my responsibility. I have been fleeced enough times, lied about enough times, raked over the coals, misrepresented, misunderstood and misconceived enough."---Julia Roberts quoted in Rolling Stone, July 14, 1999.

"I've never discussed this before, but as a child I used to bite my toenails off instead of clipping them. I was very limber."---Roberts to Movieline November 2002.

"The first time I felt famous was when I went to the movies with my mom. I had gone to the loo, and someone in the bathroom said in a very loud voice, 'Girl in stall No. 1, were you in Mystic Pizza?' I paused and said, 'Yeah, that was me.'"---Roberts to People August 22, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Liam Neeson. Actor. Co-starred in "Satisfaction" (1988); lived together in Venice, California.
companion:
Dylan McDermott. Actor. Briefly engaged; played her husband in "Steel Magnolias" (1989).
companion:
Kiefer Sutherland. Actor. Met during the filming of "Flatliners" (1990); became engaged; scheduled marriage on June 14, 1991 did not take place.
companion:
Jason Patric. Actor. Involved right after break-up with Sutherland in 1991.
husband:
Lyle Lovett. Singer, actor. Born on November 1, 1957; introduced by Susan Sarandon during filming of "The Player" (1992); married on June 27, 1993 in Marion, Indiana; divorced in March 1995.
companion:
Daniel Day-Lewis. Actor. Together c. 1994-95; no longer together.
companion:
Matthew Perry. Actor. Met while filming episode of "Friends" in 1995; briefly dated.
companion:
Pat Mannochia. Health club owner. Former hockey player; together c. 1995 to 1996.
companion:
Ross Partridge. Actor. Born c. 1967; dated in late 1996.
companion:
Benjamin Bratt. Actor. Born on December 16, 1963; dating as of November 1997; she made guest appearance on "Law & Order" in 1999; separated in spring 2001.
husband:
Danny Moder. Cameraman. Was married at time their relationship began in summer 2001; he filed for divorce in October 2001; Roberts and Moder married July 4, 2002 in Taos, New Mexico. Father of Roberts's two children.
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father:
Walter Roberts. Vacuum cleaner salesman, actor, writer. Born in February 1930; wed Betty Motes in 1955 after touring military bases in a production of "George Washington Slept Here", directed by Ron Howard's father, Rance; co-founded Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop with wife in 1963; divorced from Roberts' mother in 1971; died of cancer in March 1977.
mother:
Betty Motes. Real estate agent, church secretary, actor. Divorced from Roberts' father in 1971.
brother:
Eric Roberts. Actor. Born April 18, 1956; older; stayed with father in Atlanta after parents' divorce; estranged from sisters.
sister:
Lisa Roberts. Actor. Born c. 1965; moved with her sister and mother to Smyrna, Georgia after her parents' divorce.
half-sister:
Nancy Motes. Born c. 1976.
daughter:
Hazel Patricia Moder. Born November 28, 2004; twin of Phinnaeus Walter; father, Daniel Moder.
son:
Phinnaeus Walter Moder. Born November 28, 2004; twin of Hazel Patricia; father, Daniel Moder.
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