Million Dollar Smile
It is near impossible to imagine anyone not knowing who Julia Roberts is. From the lovely Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman (1990) to real-life mom of twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, Julia is currently said to be the highest paid actress in film history, and the first actress to be paid $20 million dollars a film. She has a mantle full of prestigious awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress, and a career and personal life anyone would be proud of. Considered to be a beauty, cute, funny, talented, well liked and possess a million-dollar smile, Julia has it all.
In 2004 Julia became a mother and had two Blockbusters released. Closer, a dramatic romance, places her in the limelight with Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen, and the highly anticipated sequel to Oceans Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, will place Julia again in the spotlight with such stars as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon.
Julia blooms, over and over again, and chances are the Georgia Peach will always bear amazing fruit.
"What changes with fame, I think, are perceptions of an individual, more than the individual." Boston Herald, Julia Roberts
"I just don't feel that my algebra teacher should ever know what
my butt looks like." Julia Roberts on why she does not do nude scenes.
Childhood and Family:
Georgia Peach, Julie Fiona Roberts, was born October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia to parents Walter and Betty Lou. Julia was the middle child, sandwiched between older brother Eric (actor, born 1956) and younger sister Lisa (actress, born 1976). Julia Roberts attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School and graduated from Campbell High School in 1985, 14 years after her parents divorced. Her father died of cancer in 1977.
As an adult, Julia Roberts has been linked to many famous men
including former husband singer/actor Lyle Lovett, former fiance actor Kiefer
Sutherland and actor Dylan McDermott. Julia married cameraman Daniel Moder on
July 4, 2002 and the happy couple recently celebrated the arrival of twins,
Phinnaeus Walter Moder and Hazel Patricia Moder, both born November 28, 2004.
Staying On Top
The list of Julia Robert films is a long and successful one. In 1998 Julia was cast in TV's Baja Oklahoma (1988) and the movies Satisfaction (1988) and Mystic Pizza (1988). In the forgettable movie Blood Red (1989), Julia took the backseat to big brother Eric Roberts.
In 1989, a blockbuster movie with a star-studded cast hit the movie screen with Julia Roberts playing the role of Shelby Eatenton Latcherie. Steel Magnolias, also starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and more, thrilled audiences, earned many award nominations including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Julia. A year later the movie Pretty Woman (1990) would smoke up the big screen with Julia playing the love interest of sexy Richard Gere. Another huge success with star Julia Roberts written all over it.
A good choice in films, and good acting, has kept Julia on top. She has starred in such hits as Flatliners (1990) with co-stars Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, the 1991 thriller Sleeping with the Enemy, co-starring Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson, and Dying Young (1991) co-star Campbell Scott, and 1991's delightful Hook, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams.
In 1993, Julia teamed up with another superstar, Denzel Washington, to play the role of Darby Shaw in the drama thriller The Pelican Brief. The next few years one could find Julia in such movies as I Love Trouble (1994), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Something to Talk About (1995), Mary Reilly (1996), Michael Collins (1996) and Everyone Says I Love You (1996). In 1997 Julia played Julianne Potter in the successful romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, also starring Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett. More star rich films included Conspiracy Theory (1997) with Julia, Mel Gibson and Patrick Stewart, Stepmom (1998) co-stars Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris, Notting Hill (1999) and Runaway Bride (1999), which teamed Julia again with actor Richard Gere.
The drama Erin Brockovich (2000), based on the life of real-life Erin Brockovich, won Julia her first Academy Award for Best Actress, 2001.
Julia continues to enjoy sweet success with films like The Mexican (2001), where she met her real life husband cameraman Daniel Moder, America's Sweethearts (2001), blockbuster Ocean's Eleven (2001), starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon (to just name a few), Grand Champion (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Closer (2004) and the highly anticipated Ocean's Twelve (2004). In 2006 one will find Julia providing the voice for Hova in John A. Davis' animated adventure, Ant Bully.
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actress - Drama, STEPMOM (1999)