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Celebrity Then And Now
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Julia Roberts

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Famous For:
Oceans Series, Erin Brockovich, and Pretty Woman
Networth:
$140 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress and Producer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
October 18, 1967
Julia Roberts


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  famous for:
Oceans Series, Erin Brockovich, and Pretty Woman

  networth:
$140 Million

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“Making movies is not rocket science. It’s about relationships and communication and strangers coming together to see if they can get along harmoniously, productively, and creatively. That’s a challenge.” Julia Roberts is one of the most bankable actresses in Hollywood after first rising to fame in the early 1990s with her starring role opposite Richard Gere in Pretty Woman (1990). The film established Roberts as a leading lady and she hasn’t looked back since with stellar performances in Steel Magnolias (1989), Runaway Bride (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), the Ocean’s film series, and more! Most recently, she turned her attention to television in the Prime Video psychological thriller series, Homecoming (2018). But how exactly did the Georgia native end up in Hollywood in the first place? Let’s find out!

1960s to Stardom

Julia Fiona Roberts came into this world on October 18, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia where her parents, both former actors and playwrights, ran a children’s acting school in Decatur. Her parents divorced in 1972, leaving Roberts to live with her mother in Smyrna where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Campbell High School. As a student, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and later enrolled at Georgia State University. However, she quickly realized that her true passion was for acting. She dropped out of college and set out for New York City to launch her career.

Roberts signed on with Click Modeling Agency and briefly worked as a model. She enrolled in acting classes and saw her hard work pay off in 1988 when she made her film debut alongside Liam Neeson in Satisfaction (1988). She joined her older brother, Eric, in Blood Red (1989) and turned heads with her performance in Mystic Pizza (1989). A year later, she took home her first Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work alongside Sally Field and Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias (1989).

In 1990, Roberts established herself as a leading lady when she joined Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. The film earned Roberts a $300,000 paycheck as well as her second Golden Globe Award, both of which were well-deserved since the film set a new record for the highest number of ticket sales for a romantic comedy in the United States. Just as Pretty Woman sealed her fate in Hollywood, Roberts upped the ante with hits like Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Hook (1991), and Dying Young (1991). She took a brief hiatus from film for two years before she returned to the silver screen alongside Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief (1993).

Although her next projects were less than stellar—I Love Trouble (1994) and Something to Talk About (1995), Roberts rekindled her fame in 1997 opposite Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). The film was a global box-office hit and is considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time. This catapulted Roberts back into the spotlight as she joined Susan Sarandon in Stepmom (1998), and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill (1999), the latter of which earned Roberts a new title as the “Queen of Romantic Comedy.”

By the new millennium, there was no question that Roberts was one of the most bankable and highest-paid stars in Hollywood. She stunned critics with her award-winning performance in Erin Brockovich (2000) and joined George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven (2001), which spurred sequels like Ocean’s Twelve (2004). During this time, she set a new record when she earned $25 million, the highest salary ever earned by an actress at the time, for her work in Mona Lisa Smile (2003). She followed up with a starring role in Closer (2004) and lent her voice to characters in The Ant Bully (2006) and Charlotte’s Web (2006). She joined Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) and Clive Owen in Duplicity (2009), the latter of which earned her another Golden Globe Award nomination.

Recent Projects and Relationships

Over the last decade, Roberts has become increasingly selective with her projects. She starred in Eat Pray Love (2010) and appeared alongside Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne (2011) before she earned numerous award nominations for her work opposite Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor in August: Osage County (2013). Roberts surprised her fans in 2014 when she starred in the HBO film, The Normal Heart (2014). The role earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and hinted at Roberts’ future in television (but more on that in a moment)!

After co-starring alongside Nicole Kidman in Secret in Their Eyes (2015), Roberts joined Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson in Mother’s Day (2016), the latter of which was panned by critics. However, Roberts redeemed herself with her 2017 film, Wonder, which is one of the most seen films of her entire career. In 2018, she starred in Ben is Back and returned to television in the Amazon Video series, Homecoming, which she also executive produced. Outside of her work on television and film, Roberts also launched Red Om Films, a production company she runs with her sister, Lisa, and Marisa Yeres Gill. Red Om is known for producing the American Girl films, which Roberts also executive produced.

When she isn’t busy filming, producing, or running Red Om, Roberts focuses the rest of her attention on her life at home with her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, and their three children—twins Hazel and Finn, and son Henry. In her early career, Roberts was known for her romantic relationships with leading men like Jason Patric, Liam Neeson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, and Matthew Perry. She was briefly engaged to Sutherland, but the couple called off their wedding just three days before the ceremony in June 1991. She married country singer Lyle Lovett in 1993, but the marriage ended two years later in 1995. She met Moder on the set of The Mexican in 2000 but was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time (1998-2001). After Roberts ended her relationship with Bratt and Moder divorced his wife, they married on July 4, 2002, at Roberts’ ranch in Taos, New Mexico.

Still with Moder today, Roberts couldn’t be happier. “I don’t have the luxury of sitting around anymore,” she says. “I must have had bags of spare time before I had children, but I don’t know what I did with it and I didn’t appreciate it. but it’s such a terrific trade-off.”

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