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      Julia Roberts

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      Actress


      Date of birth:

        28 October 1967
        Smyrna, Georgia, USA


      Birth name:

        Julie Fiona Roberts


      Height:

        5' 9"


      Spouse:

        Daniel Moder (4 July 2002 - present) 2 children
        Lyle Lovett (25 June 1993 - 22 March 1995) (divorced)



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      Facts

      Julia Roberts was introduced to the world of performance at an early age by her theatrical parents, who ran the Atlanta-based Actors and Writers Workshop out of their home. She made her screen debut opposite her older brother Eric in Blood Red, although the 1986-produced film went unreleased for three years. Roberts first gained notice playing a fiery Portuguese waitress in Mystic Pizza (1988) and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as the doomed diabetic heroine of Steel Magnolias (1989).

      With her performance as a warm-hearted prostitute who transforms cold executive Richard Gere in Garry Marshall's saccharine but immensely successful rags-to-riches saga, Pretty Woman (1990), Roberts became one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable stars and earned a surprise Best Actress Academy Award nomination.

      While her contribution made the routine thrillers Flatliners (1990) and Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) popular successes, she faltered a bit at the box office later in 1991 with the weepie romance Dying Young, but her star power garnered an opening weekend take of over $9 million. She finished the year with the supporting role of Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's lavish update of the Peter Pan myth, Hook. Roberts' toothsome portrayal of the feisty fairy revealed no insights into the tiny winged character, and she struggled gamely with the physical and artistic rigors of doing most of her scenes alone on a special effects soundstage.

      Roberts took some time off to get her highly publicized personal life in order: romances with co-stars Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott and Kiefer Sutherland all petered out, though her romance with co-star Lyle Lovett ended in a brief marriage. Roberts made a cameo appearance as herself in Robert Altman's The Player (1992) before making her much ballyhooed return to the screen, re-asserting her commercial magic opposite Denzel Washington in the political thriller The Pelican Brief (1993), but faltered with audiences opposite Nick Nolte in the middling romantic comedy I Love Trouble (1994).

      Her next few film roles proved spotty: she was passable as a journalist in Robert Altman's high-fashion comedy Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter (1994), spunky as a woman coping with marital problems in the romantic comedy Something to Talk About (1995), and dour in the period horror film Mary Reilly (1996), all of which failed to find audience favor. As Woody Allen's leading lady in his musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996), she fared slightly better (and displayed a pleasant if not spectacular singing voice). Cast opposite old beau Neeson as his love interest in Neil Jordan's biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins (also 1996), Roberts gave a gallant try but was hampered by a wavering Irish accent.

      1997 saw the actress re-assert her position as a box-office performer with her starring role in the comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. Cast as a scheming restaurant critic who sets out to break up the wedding of the man she thinks she loves, Roberts turned what could have become an unsympathetic character into an audience favorite through the sheer force of natural charm and vibrancy. She was abetted by Rupert Everett's scene-stealing supporting turn as her editor and a subtle script by Ron Bass that inverted many of the cliches of screwball comedy. Roberts' much-anticipated teaming with Mel Gibson in Richard Donner's Conspiracy Theory (also 1997), however, proved to be somewhat disappointing thanks to a muddled script.

      Ron Bass was one of several writers who worked on the script of Stepmom (1998), a comedy-drama that cast Roberts as the much younger girlfriend of a divorced man coping with his two children and his saintly ex-wife. Most critics dismissed the film as pap but audiences lapped it up and made it a modest box-office success. She followed with a turn as a world-famous movie star who falls in love with a bumbling British bookseller (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill, an uneven romantic comedy, and a re-teaming with Gere under Garry Marshall's guidance in Runaway Bride (both 1999). Together these films earned over $300 million domestically justifying the actress' standing as the highest paid female actor.

      Roberts then took on the role of her life, essaying the real-life legal secretary who assisted in turning a case of water poisoning into one of the largest class-action lawsuits in US history in Erin Brockovich (2000). Her stellar work under the direction of Stephen Soderbergh earned her just about every accolade, including the Best Actress Oscar.

      In 2002, Roberts joined Drew Barrymore for the George Clooney feature Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

      Roberts returned to comedy playing the frustrated girlfriend of a low-level, somewhat bumbling gangster (played by Brad Pitt) in "The Mexican" (2001). Although she and Pitt were not on screen together for very long, the pair shared a nice easy chemistry. The actress also had a great rapport with James Gandolfini (as a hitman who kidnaps her as insurance). Despite fielding many offers, Roberts opted to play the personal assistant to a movie star (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in the disastrous, critically reviled and box-office impaired comedy America's Sweethearts before reteaming with director Soderbergh for a small role in his remake of Ocean's Eleven (both 2001). Robert's next project was also with Soderbergh, in the non-narrative sequel to his Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989); Roberts' character was shockingly uninteresting and unimportant to the story, such as it was. Worse was her limp turn in buddy George Clooney's directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), the supposed life story of game show producer/host-turned-government agent Chuck Barris, in which she plays a spy femme fatale in a performace so purposefully arch as to defy belief.

      Roberts fared better in her next project, Mona Lisa Smile (2003), playing Katherine Watson, a liberal-minded educator who takes a position at Wellesley in the 1950s and quickly comes under fire for teaching her students to aspire to become more than perfect wives for corporate CEOs. While the film's premise and storyline--a female spin on the familiar Dead Poets' Society model--was predictable, Roberts' delivered a mature and engaging performance that, in ways different from her previous efforts, had the audience rooting for her.

      Roberts then returned for the sequel Ocean's Twelve (2004), in which--while she and George Clooney took a backseat in favor of Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones, gamely playing off of her real-life pregnancy and, in a harder-to-swallow plot spin, her character's uncanny resemblence to movie star Julia Roberts. Just prior to the release of that film, Roberts made international headlines when she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, in November 2004. Hot on the heels of that arrival was the debut of the Mike Nichols-directed drama Closer (2004), in which she plays an American photographer in London caught up in the heated, sometimes erotic, often cruel love/sex gender war as amid two shifting sets of couples (Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Roberts and Clive Owen). The highly literate film received mixed reviews, though many were raves and Roberts' performance was her most praised since Erin Brokovich.

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