Born As: Julie Fiona Roberts
Date Of Birth: October 28, 1967
Place of Birth: Smyrna, Georgia (USA)
Height: 1,75 m
Hair: chatain clair
Family: brother and sister
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Between the late '80s and early '90s, Julia Roberts was among Hollywood's top draws. Though not always taken seriously as a dramatic actress -- indeed she is at her best in romantic comedy or light drama -- Roberts has a special mischievous charm coupled with a wide-eyed vulnerability that translates into a screen charisma reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn. Like Hepburn, Roberts possesses an atypical beauty. Pencil thin, long-legged and sporting a thick curly mane of auburn hair upon her head, she is more coltish than elegant. Her great hazel eyes and impossibly large mouth are capable of much expression, particularly joy when she cuts loose with a broad grin and a braying laugh. Unlike Hepburn, Roberts projects a gal-next-door wholesomeness rather than an air of cool sophistication.
A born Southerner, Roberts grew up hanging around the theater people who attended her parents' Actors and Writers Workshop in their Atlanta home. Both she and her brother Eric Roberts were interested in acting and it was he who made it to movies first.
Roberts moved to New York after high school, but did not catch a break right away even though she did manage to score an agent. She made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother in Blood Red, which though completed in 1986 was not released until 1989. She appeared in a couple of made-for-TV movies and one low-budget feature, Firehouse (1987) before getting her first real break in the made-for-cable drama Satisfaction (1988). This led to a large supporting role in Mystic Pizza (1989). Her portrayal of a strong-headed pizza parlor co-owner who seduces a wealthy preppie earned Roberts acclaim and led to her playing the doomed Shelby opposite Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine and Dolly Parton in the melodramatic comedy Steel Magnolias (1989). Her portrayal earned Roberts an Oscar nomination and made her a star. For her next film, Roberts attempted to branch off into more serious waters playing a medical student who starts tinkering with life-after-death experiences with four other medical students in the uneven Flatliners (1990). During production, Roberts became involved with co-star Kiefer Sutherland. Later in 1990, she had her greatest success to date starring opposite Richard Gere in Garry Marshall's sentimental romantic- comedy Pretty Woman (1990). The film was a runaway international hit and Roberts became a household name. But despite her sudden rise to superstardom, her career faltered as her subsequent films, particularly Dying Young (1991), have been of uneven quality. Matters weren't helped when her break-up with Sutherland went public. After shooting her scenes as Tinker Bell in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), Roberts took some time off to repair her personal life, though she did appear briefly in Robert Altman's The Player (1992). In 1993, she married off-beat country singer Lyle Lovett (they amicably divorced two years later) and then made a successful come back in The Pelican Brief (1993). Her career picked up the following year with I Love Trouble and Pret-a -Porter, neither of which did much to further her career. The much-heralded Mary Reilly (1996) was a box-office fizzle, but Roberts career began picking up again with Michael Collins and Conspiracy Theory (both 1996). In 1997, Roberts made a triumphant return to romantic comedy in the darkly funny My Best Friend's Wedding, and continued her romantic comedy upswing in 1999 with Notting Hill and Runaway Bride. Although the latter of these--the much-anticipated sequel to Pretty Woman--proved to be a disappointment, both films helped to further restore Roberts to her status as the most bankable woman in Hollywood. This status was further demonstrated with the $20 million--the highest salary ever paid to a screen actress to date-- she received to star as the eponymous heroine of Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich in 2000. The film, about a secretary (Roberts) who exposes a major environmental scandal, turned out to be one of Roberts' most successful projects to date. Enthusiastically embraced by critics and audiences alike, Brockovich won Roberts both the Golden Globes' Best Actress in a drama award and the Best Actress Oscar at the 2000 Academy Awards.