Julia Fiona Roberts - born 28 October, 1967
An American actress, she became well-known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and crime films such as The Pelican Brief and Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.
Julia had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter’s annual "power list" of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990’s Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2007, Julia’s net worth was estimated to be $140 million. Over the years she has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations.
She was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue. She has been named one of People magazine’s "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America, beating out then national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and first lady Laura Bush. Julia has a production company called Red Om Films, formerly Shoelace Productions ("Moder" spelled backwards, after her husband’s last name).
Julia was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman, and her mother, Betty Lou Motes, was a church secretary and real estate agent. Her parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, the two divorced in 1971.
Julia wanted to be a vet as a child, but after graduating, she headed to New York to join her sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and pursue a career in acting. Once there, she signed with the Click modelling agency and enrolled in acting classes. She reverted to her original name "Julia Roberts" when she discovered that a "Julie Roberts" was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild.
Julia made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother, Eric, in Blood Red (she has just two words of dialogue), which, although filmed in 1987 was not released until 1989. In 1989, she was featured in Steel Magnolias as a young bride battling diabetes and garnered her first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.
She became known to worldwide audiences when she co-starred with Richard Gere in the film Pretty Woman in 1990. Julia won the role after the first two choices for the part, Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan, both turned it down.
Roberts made her Broadway debut on April 19, 2006 as Nan in a revival of Richard Greenberg’s 1997 play Three Days of Rain. Although the play grossed nearly $1 million dollars in ticket sales during its first week and was a commercial success, her performance drew criticism. The New York Times’ critic Ben Brantly, a self-proclaimed ’Juliaholic,’ described her as being fraught with "self-consciousness (especially in the first act) and only glancingly acquainted with the two characters she plays."
Julia’s personal life has often been in the spotlight. She has had widely reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, David Warmee, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. She was briefly engaged to Dylan McDermott, her Steel Magnolias co-star. In 1990, she became engaged to Kiefer Sutherland, breaking it off just three days before the wedding.
On June 27, 1993, Julia married country singer Lyle Lovett. They separated in 1995, and subsequently divorced.
Julia met her current husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, on the set of her movie The Mexican in 2000. They married in July, 2002 and became the parents of twins, daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter, in November 2004. Their third child, son Henry Daniel Moder, was born on June 18, 2007.