Julia Fiona Roberts Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer.
Among the most famous films of Julia Roberts are the romantic comedies "Mystic Pizza" (1988), "Pretty Woman" (1990), "Best Friend's Wedding" (1997), "Notting Hill" (1999), "Runaway Bride" (1999), as well as the crime films The Case of the Pelicans (1993) and Ocean's Eleven (2001), the biopics Erin Brockovich (2000), Eat Pray Love (2010).
Place of Birth. Education. Julie Roberts was born on October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia, USA. The future actress became the third child in the family. She has an older brother, Eric Roberts, and a sister, Lisa. Julia's father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a water mattress salesman who was also an actor and writer. Julia's mother, Betty Lou Bredemas, worked as a secretary in the parish and part-time acting. Roberts is of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, German and Swedish ancestry.
Julia's parents at the time of her appearance in the family were in a difficult financial situation. Roberts' father owned a small acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia, which was attended by the children of Martin Luther King. When Mrs. Roberts gave birth to Julia, King, in gratitude for the attention to his children, paid the hospital bill.
From the age of 13, Julie Roberts worked as a waitress in a pizzeria, attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin High School and Campbell College in Smyrna. At school I was fond of playing the clarinet. Several times she took part in a local beauty contest, but she never went beyond the final. During her school years, she was so impressed by her older brother's acting success that she began to participate in local amateur productions.
After graduating from high school in Smyrna, Julia Roberts entered the University of Georgia and moved to New York with her sister to try her hand at films. In New York, she signed with the Click Modeling Agency and began attending acting classes.
Film career. After numerous auditions and film screenings, Julia landed a tiny role in a film called "Fire Brigade": her 15-second screen appearance was the only thing that could now interest her in this unsuccessful 1986 comedy.
A little later, Roberts receives an invitation from his brother Eric, then already a popular actor, to star in a small role of his sister in the action movie "Blood Red", which, however, has been waiting for its release for three years. At this time, Julia played in several more films. In "Satisfaction", she portrayed a girl involved in a rock band (Roberts learned to play drums and bass guitar for the role); in the same 1987, Julia Roberts agrees to a role in the comedy Mystic Pizza, for which she had to dye her blond hair red (which later became one of her trademarks). Roberts earned $50,000 for this painting.
But the very next role of Julia Roberts makes critics and viewers talk about her as one of the most promising actresses in America. Roberts landed a minor but plot-driven role as Shelby Latchery, a diabetic girl about to celebrate her wedding, in Steel Magnolias. The film becomes a big box office hit, grossing over $80 million in US theaters, and Roberts won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
The painting "Steel Magnolias" was released on US screens at the end of 1989 in the "pre-Oscar season"; Julia at that time was finishing her participation in the filming of the film with the working title "$ 3000", named after the amount of money that a rich businessman promised a prostitute for a week spent with him. The main star of the film was the popular actor Richard Gere; the producers wanted a famous name for the role of the prostitute Vivienne Ward, but director Garry Marshall convinced them to cast Julia Roberts.
The actress received a check for $ 300 thousand for this role. The original version of the film did not imply a happy ending: it was originally planned that Vivien would be a drug addict, and Edward Louis' condition would be the requirement to abstain from a dose for a week; in the end, Edward kicks Vivien out of the car and drives away, and in the final scene she and her friend are on the bus to Disneyland - her childhood dream.
However, after the resounding success of Julia Roberts with Steel Magnolias, which made her a recognizable actress, Marshall decided to remove all the darkest scenes and reshoot the film's ending. The name "$3000" also disappeared: the painting was now called "Pretty Woman", after Roy Orbison's famous song "Pretty Woman". "Pretty Woman" was released in the United States on March 23, 1990 and, despite a rather lukewarm critical reception, earned $ 180 million at the box office, becoming the second highest-grossing picture of 1990, bringing Roberts a second consecutive nomination for the "Oscar" already as the best actress and the second Golden Globe statuette.
After the phenomenal success of "Pretty Woman" with viewers around the world (almost half a billion dollars at the global box office), Julia Roberts becomes a full-fledged movie star with all the circumstances that accompany this status: "Pretty Woman" and the following "Flatliners" allowed Julia to raise the bar for her next film " In bed with the enemy" up to one $1 million.
In the early 1990s, Roberts released several "serious" films in a row: "In Bed with the Enemy" about a woman who runs away from her beating husband; "Die Young" where her heroine falls in love with a terminally ill man; The Case of the Pelicans, a thriller based on the novel by John Grisham starring Denzel Washington; Steven Spielberg's "Captain Hook" and a few purely entertaining films stand somewhat apart.
Roberts appeared in small roles with the legendary Robert Altman, in Stephen Frears' super-dark drama "Mary Reilly" (Julia's first financial failure), and also in a cameo role in Woody Allen's Everybody Says I Love You (1996). At this stage, Julia disappears from the public eye, ceasing to act in films for a while, and the press immediately announces the decline of her career.
The return of the actress to the cinema was more than triumphant. The 1997 romantic comedy "Best Friend's Wedding" once again showed the audience Julia the way they loved her: an ironic comedian with an infectious laugh and a wide smile.
The role of restaurant critic Julianne Potter from "Best Friend's Wedding" was followed by several more box office successes: Notting Hill (1999, a Golden Globe nomination for Roberts, box office worldwide $ 363 million), "Runaway Bride" became the most profitable (1999, worldwide box office $310 million), Ocean's Eleven (2001, worldwide $450 million).
However, the real triumph of Julia Roberts was the biographical role in Steven Soderbergh's film "Erin Brockovich" (2000). The film, which not only enjoys great success with the audience ($256 million worldwide), but also brings the creators five Oscar nominations, one of which goes to Julia. The award of a golden statuette to her finally cemented her status as the main movie star of Hollywood and the universal "darling of America." In addition to the Oscar, the actress was awarded the BAFTA and the third Golden Globe.
In 2007, she starred in the drama Charlie Wilson's War, starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
Julia Roberts bought the film rights to Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling Eat Pray Love (2010), in which she played the title role.
In 2013, Roberts played one of Meryl Streep's daughters in the tragicomedy August: Osage County. Critics highly appreciated her acting game, considering it one of the best since the film "Erin Brockovich". The actress was again nominated for the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2014.
After Julia Roberts starred in the films: "The Normal Heart" (2014), "The Secret in Their Eyes" (2015), "Money Monster" (2016), "Horrible Ladies" (2016) and "The Smurfs: The Lost Village" (2017) .
Fees and fees. Roberts became one of the highest paid actresses in the world, topping The Hollywood Reporter's annual top ten from 2002 to 2005. Since 2006, Nicole Kidman has come out on top.
Roberts' fee for Pretty Woman was $300,000, and in 2003 she was paid a record $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile.
Julia Roberts is one of the highest paid actresses in the world. Her films have grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
Personal life. Roberts' first marriage to actor and country singer Lyle Lovett, in 1993, lasted less than two years.
On July 4, 2002, Julia married cinematographer Daniel Moder. On November 28, 2004, the couple had twins - a girl, Hazel Patricia, and a boy, Finneas Walter. On June 18, 2007, Julia gave birth to a boy. The boy was named Henry Daniel Moder.
October 27, 2023