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Julia Roberts

julia roberts' career has always been a bit of a rollercoaster when it comes to box office and critical acceptance. julia roberts still with the success of 2000's Erin Brockovich and 1999's Runaway Bride and Notting Hill, julia roberts seems to be in the fun part of the ride. julia roberts was born in Smyrna, Georgia on October 28th, 1967. julia roberts film debut was opposite julia roberts brother Eric in Blood Red. Though the film was actually made in 1986, it remained unreleased for three years, making audience first glimpse julia roberts in Mystic Pizza. julia roberts earned good notices for that film and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Steel Magnolias. julia roberts then won audiences' hearts and a surprise Best Actress nomination for julia roberts portrayal of the warm-hearted hooker opposite Richard Gere in the red light Cinderella story Pretty Woman. That film's huge success rubbed off on the box office numbers of Flatliners and Sleeping With the Enemy.

julia robert's box office magic stumbled a bit with the syrupy romance Dying Young. 1991 also saw Roberts appear as Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan flick, Hook. Critics either panned julia roberts performance or said her huge spirit and energy was wasted on the pint-size character. 1991 was also a big year for Julia Roberts personally and launched julia roberts into the tabloids in a big way. In fact julia roberts career has always survived on equal parts of talent and celebrity. In 1991, julia roberts was supposed to walk down the aisle and marry Flatliners co-star Kiefer Sutherland. Instead julia roberts set mouths a-buzzing when julia roberts ran off to Ireland with Kiefer's friend, Jason Patric. (The incident raised its head again in 1999. Roberts told Vanity Fair that julia roberts thought Steven Spielberg was a "turncoat" for telling 60 Minutes that the breakup made julia roberts work on Hook difficult.) julia roberts disappeared from movie screens (except for a cameo in Robert Altman's The Player) for two years.

julia roberts returned to the screens in 1993 with a commercial hit, appearing opposite Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief. julia roberts followed that with mixed reactions to I Love Trouble, Ready to Wear, Something to Talk About and the period horror film Mary Reilly. After three years of being bashed by critics and audiences julia roberts received pretty good notices for julia roberts work in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. 1996 also saw julia roberts appear as Liam Neeson's love interest in the historical drama Michael Collins. Julia put another jewel in her sometimes tarnished box-office crown when julia roberts starred in the very successful My Best Friend's Wedding. However julia roberts repeated her roller-coaster pattern by following that up with mixed receptions for Conspiracy Theory and Stepmom. julia roberts zipped back up when she appeared in the ratings-winning 200th episode of then boyfriend Benjamin Bratt's TV show Law & Order. On December 20th, 1999, Julia was nominated for the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards for her role in Notting Hill.

julia roberts received another Golden Globe nomination in 2000 for Erin Brockovitch. julia roberts followed that up by winning the People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress. julia roberts role in Erin Brockovich earned her Golden Globe in January 2001. julia roberts also won the Screen Actors Guild award for the role and on March 25th, 2001, julia roberts added her first Oscar® to her collection. David Letterman's favorite guest kept herself busy in 2001. julia roberts worked opposite Brad Pitt in The Mexican, John Cusack, Billy Crystal and Catherine Zeta Jones in America's Sweethearts and George Clooney (and Matt Damon...and Brad Pitt...and...) in Ocean's Eleven. julia roberts married cameraman Daniel Moder in a midnight ceremony on July 4th, 2002. 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 julia roberts 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, julia roberts is more coltish than elegant. julia roberts great hazel eyes and impossibly large mouth are capable of much expression, particularly joy when julia roberts 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 julia roberts parents' Actors and Writers Workshop in their Atlanta home. Both julia roberts 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 julia roberts did manage to score an agent.

julia roberts made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite julia roberts brother in Blood Red, which though completed in 1986 was not released until 1989. julia roberts 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 julia 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 julia roberts a star. For her next film, julia 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, julia roberts became involved with co-star Kiefer Sutherland. Later in 1990, julia roberts 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 julia roberts became a household name. But despite her sudden rise to superstardom, julia roberts career faltered as julia roberts subsequent films, particularly Dying Young (1991), have been of uneven quality.

Matters weren't helped when julia roberts break-up with Sutherland went public. After shooting julia roberts scenes as Tinker Bell in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), julia roberts took some time off to repair julia roberts personal life, though julia roberts 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). julia roberts 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 julia roberts career began picking up again with Michael Collins and Conspiracy Theory (both 1996). In 1997, julia roberts made a triumphant return to romantic comedy in the darkly funny My Best Friend's Wedding.


Filmography
2001 - OCEAN'S 11 (OCEAN'S ELEVEN)
2001 - AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS
2001 - THE MEXICAN
2001 - Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story (TV)
2000 - ERIN BROCKOVICH
2000 - IN THE WILD : HORSEMEN OF MONGOLIA (TV)
2000 - THE RETT SYNDROME (TV / APPEARANCE) Official Silent Angels site
1999 - AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (TV)
1999 - RUNAWAY BRIDE
1999 - NOTTING HILL
1999 - LAW & ORDER - EPISODE: "EMPIRE" (TV)
1998 - STEPMOM
1998 - IN THE WILD : ORANGUTANS (TV)
1998 - AFI'S 100 YEARS (TV)
1998 - MURPHY BROWN - EPISODE : "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE: PART 2" (TV)
1998 - MURPHY BROWN - EPISODE : "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE: PART 1" (TV)
1998 - SESAME STREET - EPISODE : #1.3801 (TV)
1997 - CONSPIRACY THEORY
1997 - MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING
1996 - EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU
1996 - MICHAEL COLLINS
1996 - MARY REILLY
1996 - FRIENDS - EPISODE: "THE ONE AFTER THE SUPER BOWL p. II" (TV)
1995 - SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
1995 - DEAD MAN WALKING (GA)
1994 - I LOVE TROUBLE
1994 - PRET-A-PORTER
1994 - A CENTURY OF CINEMA (TV)
1994 - INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (GA)
1993 - THE PELICAN BRIEF
1992 - THE PLAYER
1991 - HOOK
1991 - DYING YOUNG
1991 - SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
1990 - FLATLINERS
1990 - PRETTY WOMAN
1989 - STEEL MAGNOLIAS
1988 - SATISFACTION
1988 - BAJA OKLAHOMA
1988 - BLOOD RED
1988 - MYSTIC PIZZA
1988 - MIAMI VICE - EPISODE : "MIRROR IMAGE" (TV)
1987 - FIREHOUSE
1987 - CRIME STORY - EPISODE: "SURVIVOR, THE" (TV)
1983 - FOREVER YOUNG (TV MOVIE)







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