Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Infobox Actor

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caption = Julia Roberts
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1967|10|28
birthname = Julia Fiona Roberts
birthplace = Atlanta, Georgia [http://www.angelfire.com/de/bullhead2/julianews.html Angelfire]
yearsactive = 1987–present
occupation = Actress, producer
spouse = Lyle Lovett (1993–1995)
Daniel Moder (2002-present)
academyawards = Best Actress
2000 "Erin Brockovich"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2000 "Erin Brockovich"
Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 "Pretty Woman"
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1990 "Steel Magnolias"
baftaawards = Best Actress in a Leading Role
2000 "Erin Brockovich"
sagawards = Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture
2000 "Erin Brockovich"
awards = NBR Award for Best Cast
1994 "Prêt-à-Porter"
2004 "Closer"
NBR Award for Best Actress
2000 "Erin Brockovich"

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American - Academy Award winning film actress and former fashion model. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" opposite Richard Gere, which grossed US $463 million worldwide. She won the Best Actress Academy Award in 2000 for her critically acclaimed turn as the title character in ""Erin Brockovich"" and earned Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress for "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and Best Actress for "Pretty Woman" (1990). Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Mystic Pizza", "Notting Hill", "Runaway Bride", and crime films such as "The Pelican Brief" and "Ocean's Eleven," have collectively earned box office receipts of over US$2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts. [ [http://boxofficemojo.com/people/?view=Actor&sort=sumgross&p=.htm Box Office Mojo - People Index ] ]

Roberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the "Hollywood Reporter"'s annual "power list" of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990's "Pretty Woman" was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in "Mona Lisa Smile". As of 2007, Roberts's net worth was estimated to be US$140 million. [ [http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/17/richest-women-entertainment-tech-media-cz_lg_richwomen07_0118womenstars_lander.html The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment - Forbes.com ] ]

Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of "Vogue" and the first woman to land the cover of "GQ". She has been named one of "People" magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 "Ladies Home Journal" ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America, beating out then national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and first lady Laura Bush. [ [http://www.lhj.com/lhj/story.jhtml?storyid=/templatedata/lhj/story/data/powerindex_10012001.xml The power index ] ] Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films ("Moder" spelled backwards; formerly Shoelace Productions).

Early life

Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Crawford Long Hospital. Her father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman, and her Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent. [ [http://landing.ancestry.com/famoustree/index.aspx?name=roberts&offerId=0:679:0 HomeRedirect ] ] Her parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off Juniper Street in Midtown; the two divorced in 1971. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019215/bio Julia Roberts Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] Her mother later married Michael Motes and had another daughter, named Nancy Motes who was born in 1976. Roberts's father died of cancer when she was ten. Her older brother and sister, Eric Roberts (from whom she was once estranged but reconciled since 2004) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors.

Roberts moved to Smyrna, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) in 1972, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School and Campbell High School. [http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1517 "The New Georgia Encyclopedia"] She played clarinet in the band. Roberts wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but soon after graduating from Smyrna's Campbell High School, [ [http://www.cobbk12.org/~campbellhs Menu1 ] ] she headed to New York to join her sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and pursue a career in acting. Once there, she signed with the Click modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes. She reverted to her original name "Julia Roberts" when she discovered that a "Julie Roberts" was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. Her niece, Emma Roberts, whom Julia used to take to movie sets when she was a young girl, has joined her father and aunts in the acting business.



Roberts made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother, Eric, in "Blood Red" (she has just two words of dialogue), which, although completed in 1986, was not released until 1989. Her first television appearance was as a juvenile rape victim in the initial season of the series Crime Story with Dennis Farina, in the episode titled "The Survivor", broadcast on February 13, 1987. She also once appeared on Sesame Street opposite the character Elmo, demonstrating her ability to change emotions. Roberts first caught the attention of moviegoers with 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. The following year, she was featured in "Steel Magnolias" as a young bride battling diabetes and garnered her first Oscar nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.


Roberts become known to worldwide audiences when she co-starred with Richard Gere in the Cinderella/Pygmalionesque story "Pretty Woman" in 1990. Roberts won the role after the first two choices for the part, Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan both turned it down. The role also earned her a second Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress. Her next box office success was the thriller "Sleeping with the Enemy", playing a battered wife who escapes her demented husband, Patrick Bergin, and begins a new life in Iowa. She played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's "Hook" in 1991, and also played a Nurse in the 1991 film Dying Young; which was followed by a two-year hiatus, during which she made no films other than a cameo appearance in Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992). In early 1993, she was the subject of a "People" magazine cover story asking, "What Happened to Julia Roberts?"

In 1993, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in the successful "The Pelican Brief", based on the John Grisham novel. She also starred alongside Liam Neeson in the 1996 film "Michael Collins". Over the next few years, she starred in a series of films that were critical and commercial failures, primarily because she was cast in roles that strayed too far from her film persona, such as Stephen Frears' Mary Reilly (1996) for which earned a Razzie Worst Actress nomination. She broke her losing streak with the hugely popular comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997), and eventually regained her earlier reputation as an actress who could open a movie and guarantee box office success. She starred with Hugh Grant in the popular 1999 film "Notting Hill". That same year, she also starred in "Runaway Bride", the second film with the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere duo. Roberts was a guest star on the "Law & Order" television series in an episode broadcast on May 5, 1999 entitled "Empire", with series regular Benjamin Bratt (at that time her boyfriend).


In 2001, Roberts received the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, who helped wage a successful lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric. Whilst presenting the Best Actor Award to Denzel Washington the following year, she made a gaff when she said she was glad that Tom Conti wasn't there. She meant the conductor Bill Conti, who had tried to hasten the conclusion of her Oscar speech the previous year, but instead named the Scottish actor. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006015/news Julia Roberts criticized for behavior at Oscars] Roberts would team up with "Erin Brockovich" director Steven Soderbergh for three more films: "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), "Full Frontal" (2002), and "Ocean's Twelve" (2004). Later in 2001 she starred in the road gangster comedy "The Mexican" giving her a chance to work with long time friend Brad Pitt. In 2005, she was featured in the music video for the hit single "Dreamgirl" by the Dave Matthews Band.


Roberts's two films released in 2006, "The Ant Bully" and "Charlotte's Web", were both animated features for which she provided only voice acting. Her next film was "Charlie Wilson's War", with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols and based on the book by former CBS journalist George Crile; it was released on December 21, 2007. "Fireflies in the Garden", also starring Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe is currently in post-production, with release set for 2008. It has also been announced that Roberts will star in "The Friday Night Knitting Club," based on the novel of the same name by Kate Jacobs. Her niece, Emma Roberts, is said to be considered for the role of her daughter.

Broadway debut

Roberts made her Broadway debut on April 19, 2006 as Nan in a revival of Richard Greenberg's 1997 play "Three Days of Rain" opposite Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd. Although the play grossed nearly US$1 million dollars in ticket sales during its first week and was a commercial success throughout its limited run, most critics heavily criticized Roberts' performance. The "New York Times"' critic Ben Brantly, a self-proclaimed 'Juliaholic,' described her as being fraught with "self-consciousness (especially in the first act) [and] only glancingly acquainted with the two characters she plays." Brantley also criticized the production of “Greenberg's slender, elegant play,” writing that “it's almost impossible to discern its artistic virtues from this wooden and splintered interpretation, directed by Joe Mantello.” "Three Days of Rain" received two Tony Award nominations in stage design categories, but took home neither prize. Roberts did, however, receive a Broadway.com audience award (a minor theatrical prize) for her performance.

American Girl Films

Julia Roberts has brought to life some of the books from "American Girl" as movies and serves as Executive Producer, along with her sister Lisa. The company's product lines and services are focused on pre-teen-girl characters from various periods of American history, who are embodied as dolls and featured in narratives including books and movies. Its flagship line is a collection of historical 18-inch dolls that have books and accessories. Currently Julia Roberts has produced four movies. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000210/ Julia Roberts' credits at IMDB] ]


Directors Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, Joel Schumacher, Steven Soderbergh, and Garry Marshall have repeatedly cast Roberts in their films. But Steven Spielberg, after directing her in "Hook" (1991) for which she earned a Razzie Worst Supporting Actress nomination, never worked with her again. In a 1993 interview with Barbara Walters, Roberts said that she was confused by Spielberg's recollection of working with her, as she only has positive memories of working on his film. [ [http://juliaroberts.narod.ru/intwbw1993.htm Julia Roberts on the WEB! - Interview - interview with Barbara Walters-1993 ] ] In 1993, The New York Times [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE0DC1730F931A25751C1A965958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2 FILM; Julia Roberts, After the Layoff and With Lyle - New York Times ] ] wrote that Herbert Ross, the director of Steel Magnolias, criticized that Julia's acting was one-dimensional, despite the fact that she received her first Academy Award nomination for it. Although, Roberts eventually called for a truce, they two never worked together again.


As of February 2007, Roberts's films have grossed $2,204,631,930 at the American box office making her the biggest female movie star in history and achieving this feat with only 31 films to her name. [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Actor&id=juliaroberts.htm Julia Roberts Movie Box Office Results ] ] She was also placed at the pinnacle of the Ulmer Scale, a comprehensive guide to the global star power of actors and directors in independent and studio films created by James Ulmer, ahead of such other luminaries as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. This was partly owing to her ability to attract filmgoers solely on the basis of her name's appearance above the title and without the support of a male co-star, something few other actresses have been able to do.

Personal life


Roberts's personal life has often been in the spotlight. She has had widely reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. She was briefly engaged to McDermott, her "Steel Magnolias" co-star. She met Sutherland in 1990, when he was her co-star in "Flatliners"; he left his wife and children to move in with Roberts. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for June 14, 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding when she discovered Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. Roberts subsequently went to Ireland with Jason Patric, a friend of Sutherland's. On June 27, 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett; the couple had met only three weeks earlier. The wedding took place on 72-hours' notice and was held in Marion, Indiana, near where Lovett was appearing on tour with his band. Less than two years later, in March 1995, the couple announced their separation. They subsequently divorced.

In 1998, Roberts began dating "Law & Order" star Benjamin Bratt, who was her escort for the March 25, 2001 Academy Awards ceremony at which she won her Oscar. Three months later, in June 2001, Roberts and Bratt announced that they were no longer a couple. "It's come to a kind and tenderhearted end," she said of their relationship. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,622133,00.html Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line - David Letterman, Julia Roberts : People.com ] ] Roberts met her current husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, on the set of her movie "The Mexican" in 2000 and they began an affair. Though at the time, Moder was married to Vera Steinberg Moder, he filed for divorce a little over a year later, and after it was finalized, he and Roberts wed on Fourth of July 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. [cite web|last=Schneider|first=Karen|title=Hideaway Bride|publisher=People Magazine|date=2002-07-11|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,628189_3,00.html|accessdate=2007-12-18] On November 28, 2004, they became the parents of fraternal twins, daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter. Their third child, son Henry Daniel Moder, was born on June 18, 2007 in Los Angeles. [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070618/ap_on_en_mo/people_julia_roberts] [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20042936,00.html Julia Roberts Welcomes a Baby Boy - Birth, Julia Roberts : People.com ] ]


Roberts has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations. In Spring 1995, Roberts, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF, asked if she could meet some of the relief agency's neediest recipients. On May 10, she arrived in Port-au-Prince, as she said, "to educate myself". The poverty she found was overwhelming. "My heart is just bursting", she said. UNICEF officials hoped that her six-day visit would trigger an outburst of giving: $10 million in aid was sought at the time Fact|date=February 2008.

In 2000, Roberts narrated "Silent Angels", a documentary about Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, which was shot in Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York. The documentary was designed to help raise public awareness about the disease. In July 2006, Earth Biofuels announced Roberts as a spokeswoman for the company and as chair of the company's newly formed Advisory Board promoting the use of renewable fuels.


Awards and nominations


Further reading

*Mark Bego. "Julia Roberts: America's Sweetheart" (New York: AMI Books, 2003) [ [http://www.markbego.com Mark Bego's Home Page ] ]

*Paul Donnelley. "Julia Roberts Confidential: The Unauthorised Biography" (London: Virgin, 2003) [ [http://www.pauldonnelley.com PaulDonnelley.com - Home ] ]

*Frank Sanello. "Julia Roberts: Pretty Superstar" (Edinburgh: Mainstream 2000) [ [http://hometown.aol.com/fsanello/ghostwriter/frank_sanello.htm Frank Sanello ] ]

* James Spada. "Julia: Her Life" (New York: St Martin's Press, 2004) [ [http://www.jamesspada.com James Spada ] ]


External links

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PLACE OF BIRTH=Smyrna, Georgia

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