Julia Roberts Biography
Julie Fiona Roberts, born in Smyrna, Georgia, never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. As a child, due to her love of animals, Julia originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but later studied journalism. When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieved some success in Hollywood, Julia decided to try acting. Her first break came in 1988 when she appeared in two youth-oriented movies Mystic Pizza (1988) and Satisfaction (1988). The movies introduced her to a new audience who instantly fell in love with this pretty woman. Julia's biggest success was in the signature movie Pretty Woman (1990), for which Julia got an Oscar nomination, and also won the People's Choice award for Favorite Actress. Even though Julia would spend the next few years either starring in serious movies, or playing fantasy roles like Tinkerbell, the movie audiences would always love Julia best in romantic comedies. With My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) Julia gave the genre fresh life that had been lacking in Hollywood for some time. Offscreen, after a brief marriage, Julia has been romantically linked with several other actors. Julia has also become involved with UNICEF charities and has made visits to many different countries, including Haiti and India, in order to promote goodwill. Julia is one of the most popular and sought-after talents in Hollywood.
Spouse - Daniel Moder (4 July 2002 - present) 2 children
Lyle Lovett (25 June 1993 - 22 March 1995) (divorced)
More Interesting Information for Julia Roberts
Lent her Julia Roberts to help raise money for research to develop a cure for Rett Syndrome (a disease which is potentially fatal and randomly strikes girls between the ages of 2 to 6 years).
On People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list. 
Has a half-sister, Nancy Motes (b. 1976).
Dated Benjamin Bratt. [1998 - June 2001]
Turned down the female lead in Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Ranked #66 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Was engaged to Kiefer Sutherland for a short period.
Dated Matthew Perry.
Sister of Lisa Roberts Gillan and Eric Roberts.
Played clarinet in the band. She attended Griffin Middle School and then Campbell High School.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1990 & 91]
Has "movie within a movie" scenes in The Player (1992), Notting Hill (1999), America's Sweethearts (2001) and Full Frontal (2002).
Was considered for the role of Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997).
She once tried out for a part on "All My Children" (1970), but was turned down.
Lived with Liam Neeson.
Dated Daniel Day-Lewis.
Father died of cancer when Julia was 10.
Ranked #1 (in Hollywood Power) and #12 (in $$) on Forbes magazine 'Power 100'.
Tops the list of the 200 "hottest" actors and actresses in the business in "James Ulmer's Hollywood Hot List: The Complete Guide to Star Power - 2000" book which is published in October 2000. [June 2000]
Changed her name from Julie to Julia when she applied for a SAG card and there was another SAG member actress named Julie Roberts.
Turned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).
Was engaged to her Steel Magnolias (1989) co-star, Dylan McDermott.
Beat out Sandra Bullock for the role of Maggie Carpenter in Runaway Bride (1999).
Lies on her back to have her make-up applied before going onto a film set -- she insists it gives her a relaxed look.
Frequently works with Steven Soderbergh
Sister-in-law of Tony Gillan
Sister-in-law of Eliza Roberts
Aunt of Emma Roberts
After George Clooney and Brad Pitt found out that she was going to be joining them in Ocean's Eleven (2001), they sent her a card that read "We heard that you get 20 per film" and in it was a $20 bill; the joke was that she reportedly gets $20 million per film.
Named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
Highest paid actress in film history.
At the 2002 Peoples Choice Awards she admitted to being a huge fan of "Days of Our Lives" (1965) and asked to be seated near the cast.
Splits her down time between her ranch in Taos, New Mexico and a home in New York City
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
Was ranked 6th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
Married boyfriend, cameraman Daniel Moder, at their home in New Mexico in a midnight ceremony. [4 July 2002]
She never acted in a sequel until Ocean's Twelve (2004).
She has Irish ancestry.
Ranked #16 in Premiere's 2003 annual Hollywood Power List. Had ranked #18 in 2002.
Ranked #10 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)
Measurements: 34B-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
She is a huge fan of actress Aishwarya Rai, whom she once commented on as being unassumingly beautiful.
Pakistani film director Rauf Khalid wanted her to work in his film, and even invited her to Pakistan to discuss the project. But she refused because of prior commitments.
Observed art history classes at New York University in order to prepare for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).
Her Oscar-winning performance as Erin Brockovich-Ellis was ranked #31 on the American Film Institute's Heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
Bruce Willis was the only celebrity that attended her wedding to Daniel Moder.
In the film America's Sweethearts (2001), her charcter is nicknamed "Kiki". This is the nickname of her Mona Lisa Smile (2003) co-star Kirsten Dunst.
Announced that she and husband Daniel Moder are expecting twins. Twins run in her family. She is due in early 2005. [June 2004].
Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk wrote the song "Julia" about her after seeing her at a Los Angeles restaurant.
Shares a birthday with actor Joaquin Phoenix.
A 9000 year old female skeleton excavated in Bulgaria in November 2004, was called by the archaeologists "Julia Roberts" because of the perfect teeth it had. They said that woman would have had a perfect smile - just like the actress.
28 November 2004: Gave birth to twins in Los Angeles, a son named Phinnaeus Walter and a daughter named Hazel Patricia.
Has worked with both Hector Elizondo and Richard Gere in two different movies, first in Pretty Woman (1990), and then again in Runaway Bride (1999).
Because Erin Brockovich-Ellis is right handed and Roberts is not, she had to learn to use her right hand for Erin Brockovich (2000).
She was voted the 7th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Has played an art historian twice, once in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and also in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).
In Ocean's Twelve (2004), her character posed as Julia Roberts (herself) to gain access to a secure museum.
First actress to reach 20 million dollar mark salary (for Erin Brockovich (2000))
She and her Ocean's Eleven (2001) / Ocean's Twelve (2004) co-stars, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Elliott Gould, all have guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episodes
Personal quotes from Julia Roberts
"I enjoy hats. And when one has filthy hair, that is a good accessory."
"I'm too tall to be a girl, I never had enough dresses to be a lady, I wouldn't call myself a woman. I'd say I'm somewhere between a chick and a broad."
"My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair."
(From 1998 interview) "I've sort of grown into my cuteness."
"We all need to take a deep breath and think about being a Bush daughter and having that cross to bear. I'd go out and have a couple of drinks, too." - about President George W. Bush's daughters being caught with alcohol as minors
"It doesn't bring out the Einstein moment that you hoped it would."-- Julia Roberts, on forgetting to include the real-life Erin Brockovich in her Academy Award acceptance speech.
You know I'm like a total geek, right? First of all, I sit on the set and knit. It's a very social hobby, as opposed to reading at work - I can chat with people and still be fully engaged.
"He's embarrassing, he's not my president. He will never be my president" - talking about President George W. Bush
"I'm just an ordinary person who has an extraordinary job."
"I get dressed up like a doll, a nice man puts lipstick on my lips and I say words - it's deeply satisfying" - on the essence of her job
On why she will never do a nude scene: "I just don't feel that my algebra teacher should ever know what my butt looks like."
"You can be true to the character all you want, but you've go to go home with yourself."
"The first time I felt I was famous was when I went to the movies with my mom. I had gone to the loo, and someone in the bathroom said in a very loud voice, 'Girl in stall No. 1 were you in "Mystic Pizza"? I paused and I said, yeah that was me." - (People Magazine 8/22/99)
I think it's dangerous to talk in the big generalities of sexism and ageism and face lift-isms. You really have to speak only from your own experience. And my experience so far has been ridiculously nice. Yeah, do the boys get paid more? Yes. But do we all get paid too much? Yes. I'm confused at what I'm supposed to complain about.
"I wouldn't do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary."
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) $25,000,000
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) $250,000 (scale)
Ocean's Eleven (2001) $10,000,000
America's Sweethearts (2001) $15,000,000
The Mexican (2001) $20,000,000
Erin Brockovich (2000) $20,000,000
Runaway Bride (1999) $17,000,000
Notting Hill (1999) $15,000,000
Conspiracy Theory (1997) $12,000,000
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) $12,000,000
Mary Reilly (1996) $10,000,000
The Pelican Brief (1993) $8,000,000
Hook (1991) $7,000,000
Dying Young (1991) $3,000,000
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) $1,000,000
Flatliners (1990) $500,000
Pretty Woman (1990) $300,000
Steel Magnolias (1989) $90,000
Mystic Pizza (1988) $50,000
Julia Roberts Filmography
Actress - filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
Charlie Wilson's War (2008) .... Joanne Herring
Charlotte's Web (2006) (voice) .... Charlotte
The Ant Bully (2006) (voice) .... Hova
Ocean's Twelve (2004) .... Tess Ocean
Closer (2004/I) .... Anna
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) .... Katherine Ann Watson
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) .... Patricia Watson
... aka Confessions d'un homme dangereux (Canada: French title)
Full Frontal (2002) .... Catherine/Francesca
Grand Champion (2002) .... Julia, pregnant ticket taker
Ocean's Eleven (2001) .... Tess Ocean
... aka 11 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka O11 (USA: informal short title)
America's Sweethearts (2001) .... Kathleen "Kiki" Harrison
The Mexican (2001) .... Samantha Barzel
Erin Brockovich (2000) .... Erin Brockovich
Runaway Bride (1999) .... Maggie Carpenter
Notting Hill (1999) .... Anna Scott
Stepmom (1998) .... Isabel Kelly
Conspiracy Theory (1997) .... Alice Sutton
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) .... Julianne Potter
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) .... Von Sidell
Michael Collins (1996) .... Kitty Kiernan
Mary Reilly (1996) .... Mary Reilly
Something to Talk About (1995) .... Grace King Bichon
... aka Grace Under Pressure
Before Your Eyes: Angelie's Secret (1995) (TV) (voice) .... Narrator
Prêt-à-Porter (1994) .... Anne Eisenhower
... aka Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear (Canada: English title)
... aka Ready to Wear
I Love Trouble (1994) .... Sabrina Peterson
The Pelican Brief (1993) .... Darby Shaw
Hook (1991) .... Tinkerbell
Dying Young (1991) .... Hilary O'Neil
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) .... Sara Waters/Laura Burney
Flatliners (1990) .... Rachel Mannus
Pretty Woman (1990) .... Vivian Ward
Steel Magnolias (1989) .... Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Blood Red (1989) .... Maria Collogero
Mystic Pizza (1988) .... Daisy Arujo
Baja Oklahoma (1988) (TV) .... Candy Hutchins
Satisfaction (1988) .... Daryle Shane
... aka Girls of Summer (Canada: English title)
Firehouse (1987) (uncredited) .... Babs