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Julia Roberts



Born October 28th, 1967, Georgia native Julia Roberts was raised in a fervently pro-theater environment. Her parents regularly hosted acting and writing workshops, and both of the Roberts children (Julia and her brother Eric) showed an interest in the performing arts at an early age. Ironically enough, Eric was the first to break into film; in 1978, one year after their father died of lung cancer at 47, Eric Roberts starred in director Frank Pierson's psychological drama King of the Gypsies. Though her older brother would go on to have a solid acting career, it was, of course, Julia Roberts who earned a spot among Hollywood's elite.



After making her film debut in Blood Red -- which wouldn't be released until 1989, despite having been completed in 1986 -- and appearing in several late '80s television features, Roberts got her first real break in the 1988 made-for-cable drama Satisfaction. That role, consequently, led to her first significant supporting role -- a feisty pizza parlor waitress in 1989's Mystic Pizza with Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, and a then 19-year-old Matt Damon. While Mystic Pizza was not a star-making film for Roberts, it certainly helped earn her the credentials she needed to land the part of Shelby, an ill-fated would-be mother in Steel Magnolias. The 1989 tearjerker found her acting alongside Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine, and culminated in an Oscar nomination for Roberts.



While the success of Steel Magnolias played no small part in launching Roberts' career, and undoubtedly secured her role in the mediocre Flatliners (1990) with former flame Kiefer Sutherland, it was director Garry Marshall's romantic comedy Pretty Woman with Richard Gere that served as her true breakthrough role. Roberts' part in Pretty Woman (a good-hearted prostitute who falls in love with a millionaire client) made the young actress a household name and cemented what would become a permanent spot in tabloid fodder. Roberts broke off her engagement with Sutherland in 1991, just three days before they were scheduled to be married, and surprised the American public in 1993, when she began her two-year marriage to country singer Lyle Lovett. Roberts' personal life kept her name in the spotlight despite a host of uneven performances throughout the early '90s (neither 1991's Dying Young or Sleeping With the Enemy garnered much acclaim), as did a reputed feud with Steven Spielberg during the filming of Hook (1991).



Luckily, Roberts made decidedly less embarrassing headlines in 1993, when her role alongside future Oscar winner Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief reaffirmed her status as a dramatic actress. Her career, however, took a turn back to the mediocre throughout the following year; both Prêt-à-Porter and I Love Trouble proved commercial flops, and Mary Reilly (1996) fizzled at the box office as well. The downward spiral reversed directions once again with 1996's Michael Collins and Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson, and led to several successful comic roles including Notting Hill with Hugh Grant, Runaway Bride, and most notably, My Best Friend's Wedding with Rupert Everett and a then virtually unknown Cameron Diaz.



Roberts' biggest success didn't present itself until 2000, though, when she delivered an Oscar-winning performance playing the title role in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich. The film, based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother who, against all odds, won a heated battle against corporate environmental offenders, earned Roberts a staggering 20-million-dollar salary. Officially the highest paid actress in Hollywood, Roberts went on to star in 2001's America's Sweethearts with Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and John Cusack, as well as The Mexican with Brad Pitt. While on the set of The Mexican, Roberts met cameraman Danny Moder, whom she would marry in 2001 almost immediately after ending a four-year relationship with fellow actor Benjami

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
7% Mother's Day
  • Miranda
2016
38% Secret in Their Eyes
  • Jess
2015
94% The Normal Heart
  • Dr. Emma Brookner
2014
64% August: Osage County
  • Barbara Weston
2013
24% Jesus Henry Christ
  • Executive Producer
2012
49% Mirror Mirror
  • The Evil Queen
2012
20% Fireflies in the Garden
  • Lisa Taylor
2011
36% Larry Crowne
  • Mercedes Tainot
2011
0% Love Wedding Marriage
  • Ava's Therapist
2011
36% Eat Pray Love
  • Liz Gilbert
2010
18% Valentine's Day
  • Captain Kate Hazeltine
2010
No Score Yet The Friday Night Knitting Club
  • Actor
2010
65% Duplicity
  • Claire Stenwick
2009
72% Fuel
  • Actor
2008
79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Executive Producer
2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War
  • Joanne Herring
2007
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Charlotte
2006
No Score Yet Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
  • Executive Producer
2006
63% The Ant Bully
  • Hova
2006
No Score Yet Famous - Hollywood's Leading Ladies
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
  • Executive Producer
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Nature - Kusasi and Snowflake
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shelter From The Storm
  • Actor
2005
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • Tess Ocean
2004
68% Closer
  • Anna
2004
No Score Yet Samantha - An American Girl Holiday
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2004
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Katherine Watson
2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Patricia
2003
38% Full Frontal
  • Francesca
2002
20% Grand Champion
  • Julia
2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
82% Ocean's Eleven
  • Tess
2001
32% America's Sweethearts
  • Kiki Harrison
2001
56% The Mexican
  • Samantha
2001
84% Erin Brockovich
  • Erin Brockovich
2000
46% Runaway Bride
  • Maggie Carpenter
1999
83% Notting Hill
  • Anna Scott
1999
44% Stepmom
  • Executive Producer
  • Isabel Kelly
1998
No Score Yet In the Wild - Orangutans with Julia Roberts
  • Actor
1998
52% Conspiracy Theory
  • Alice Sutton
1997
71% My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Julianne Potter
1997
No Score Yet 50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong
  • Actor
1997
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Von
1996
78% Michael Collins
  • Kitty Kiernan
1996
26% Mary Reilly
  • Mary Reilly
1996
37% Something to Talk About
  • Grace King Bichon
1995
No Score Yet Before Your Eyes: Angelie's Secret
  • Actor
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Anne Eisenhower
1994
20% I Love Trouble
  • Sabrina Peterson
1994
52% The Pelican Brief
  • Darby Shaw
1993
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
30% Hook
  • Tinkerbell
1991
23% Dying Young
  • Hilary O'Neil
1991
22% Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Sara Waters/Laura Burney
1991
49% Flatliners
  • Rachel Mannus
1990
61% Pretty Woman
  • Vivian Ward
1990
69% Steel Magnolias
  • Shelby Eatenton
1989
77% Mystic Pizza
  • Daisy Arujo
1988
No Score Yet Blood Red
  • Maria Collogero
1988
No Score Yet Satisfaction
  • Daryle Shane
1988
No Score Yet Baja Oklahoma
  • Candy Hutchins
1987
No Score Yet Firehouse
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Forever Young
  • Actor
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Katrina Ludlow
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Makers
2013-2014
  • Narrator

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