Julia Fiona Roberts is an American actress and producer. She established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood after headlining the romantic comedy film Pretty Woman, which grossed $464 million worldwide.
She has won three Golden Globe Awards, from 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).
- Full name: Julia Fiona Roberts
- Profession: American actress
- Born: 28 October 1967 (age 52 years), Smyrna, Georgia, United States
- Height: 1.75 m
- Spouse: Daniel Moder (m. 2002), Lyle Lovett (m. 1993–1995)
- Children: Hazel Moder, Phinnaeus Moder, Henry Daniel Moder
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About Julia Roberts
Julia was born on 28 October 1967 Smyrna, Georgia, United States. She is the daughter of Walter Grady Roberts (1933-1977) and Betty Lou Bredemus (1934-2015)
She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. Her father was a Baptist, her mother a Catholic, and she was raised Catholic.
Her older brother Eric Roberts (b. 1956), from whom she was estranged for several years until 2004, older sister Lisa Roberts Gillan (b. 1965), and niece Emma Roberts, are also actors. She also had a younger half-sister named Nancy Motes (1976–2014).
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, while they were expecting Julia.
The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school; Walter Roberts was their daughter, Yolanda Denise King’s, acting coach. As a thank-you for his service, Mrs. King paid Mrs. Roberts’s hospital bill when Julia was born.
Her parents married in 1955. Her mother filed for divorce in 1971; the divorce was finalized in early 1972.
From 1972, Roberts lived in Smyrna, Georgia, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Campbell High School.
In 1972, her mother married Michael Motes, who was abusive and often unemployed; Roberts despised him.
The couple had Nancy, who died at 37 on February 9, 2014, of an apparent drug overdose.
The marriage ended in 1983, with Betty Lou divorcing Motes on cruelty grounds; she had stated that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life. Roberts’s own father died of cancer when she was ten.
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 Modelling Agency and enrolled in acting classes.
Her films have collectively brought box office receipts of over US$2.8 billion, making her one of the most bankable actresses in Hollywood.
Her most successful films include Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010), Eat Pray Love (2010), Money Monster (2016), and Wonder (2017).
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). In 2018, she starred in the Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming.
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 2017, Roberts’s net worth was estimated to be $170 million. People magazine has named her the most beautiful woman in the world a record five times.