Julia Roberts Biography

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Born: October 28, 1967


Date of Birth: October 28, 1967

Ever since she played the hooker with the heart of gold who learns the value of having a Gold Credit Card in Pretty Woman, this Smyrna, Georgia, native with the smile that seems to touch her ears has been an A-List actress.

Even when she's not making movies, she's still making headlines. The almost marriage to Kiefer Sutherland; the running off with Jason Patric, the quick marriage and divorce from Lyle Lovett, the disappearing from the screen for a long time after Dying Young while she planned her next career move and recuperated from the wave of celebrity that had engulfed her. Roberts' first real film breakthrough before Pretty Woman was the low budget charmer, Mystic Pizza. She did some good work after that, but it was the hooker movie with Richard Gere that turned her into a huge star. On becoming as well known for that film as she did, Roberts says, "Mediocre Girl might have bugged me. Pretty Woman I can live with."

She also has a theory about why she's become as well known as she has: "It's God's overcompensation for me being unpopular in high school." As for the money that comes along with her position atop the list of actresses on every producers wish-list, she has this to say: "I'm just the last person in the world who should be rich. I don't do anything with the stuff. I mean, I bought a house—it's an old dump, but I like it and will probably spend a considerable amount of money to do all of the little things that I want to do with it over time. That, to me, is a great luxury and extravagance. I don't have to say to myself, Well, if I tile the kitchen, maybe I can do the bathroom in a few months. I know it can all be accomplished at once, and that's a luxury. In general, the money is a sort of invisible security. I pay no attention to it, yet there's an element of power to it. Because I know if everything fell, I could live 10 lifetimes."

Having won the People's Choice Award nine times in 13 years (1991-2004), Roberts has become one of the most popular actresses among viewers. After being nominated three times for an Academy Award, she finally received the golden statuette in 2001 for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich (2000), as well as her third Golden Globe (the previous two were for Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman), a BAFTA award and an MTV Movie Award, to name just a few.

After a highly publicized four-year relationship with Benjamin Bratt, Julia surprised her fans when she married cameraman Danny Moder in 2002 following a relatively brief courtship. She gave birth to twins in November 2004. After taking a break to enjoy motherhood, she made her Broadway debut with a three-month run in Three Days of Rain beginning in March 2006. Since then she's returned to the big screen, starring in films such as Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Eat Pray, Love (2010) and Larry Crowne (2011).

In 2014 she played a role in August: Osage County opposite Meryl Streep. Julia received Golden Globe, Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for her work in the film.

Julia Roberts' career in film continued with a key role in the thriller Secret in Their Eyes (2015) with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman. She then appeared in Money Monster (2016), another thriller, alongside George Clooney. The star then made a rare excursion into the world of animated feature films by lending her voice to the character of SmurfWillow in Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017).

The same year, she played the mother of young Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay in the drama Wonder, with Owen Wilson playing her husband. In 2018, she played Lucas Hedges' mother in the drama Ben Is Back (2018) and headlined a new Amazon Prime suspense series, Homecoming. She received a 2019 Golden Globe nomination for her work on the show.


Ben is Back (2018)
Wonder (2017)
Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)
Money Monster (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
August: Osage County (2014)
Mirror Mirror (2012)
Larry Crowne (2011)
Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011) (voice)
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Valentine's Day (2010)
Duplicity (2009)
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Charlotte's Web (2006) (voice)
The Ant Bully (2006)(voice)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Closer (2004)
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Full Frontal (2002)
Grand Champion (2002)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
America's Sweethearts (2001)
The Mexican (2001)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Runaway Bride (1999)
Notting Hill (1999)
Stepmom (1998)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Michael Collins (1996)
Mary Reilly (1996)
Something to Talk About (1995)
Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear (1994)
I Love Trouble (1994)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Hook (1991)
Dying Young (1991)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Flatliners (1990)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Blood Red (1989)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Girls of Summer (1988)

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