A “Pretty Woman” at 55: How Julia Roberts Won People’s Hearts

Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, former actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German and Swedish descent.

As a child, because of her love for animals, Julia initially wanted to become a veterinarian, but later studied journalism.

When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieves success in Hollywood, Julia decides to try her luck. Her first breakthrough came in 1988 when she appeared in two youth-oriented films, Mystic Pizza (1988) and Satisfaction (1988). The audience immediately falls in love with her.

Soon, the greatest success came for Julia – the film Pretty Woman (1990). For her participation in it, she received an Oscar nomination, and also won the audience award for favorite actress. Although over the next few years she would either star in serious films or play fantasy roles like Tinkerbell, film audiences will always love Julia the most in romantic comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).

Personal life

Julia breathes new life into a genre that has been missing from Hollywood for some time. Off-screen, after a brief marriage, Julia had romantic relationships with several actors, and in 2002 she married cameraman Daniel Moder, the couple had three children together.

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She was chosen by “People” magazine among the “50 most beautiful people in the world” in 1990, 1991, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006. In 1997, she took 66th place in the ranking of “Empire” magazine ( UK) “The 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” (October 1997). She was ranked first in the ranking of “Forbes” magazine “100 celebrities” (2000).

She was named one of the “Top 20 Artists of 2001.” on E! and as one of the “25 Most Intriguing People of 2001.” of People magazine. The same year, she was ranked 6th in FHM Taiwan’s 100 Sexiest Women and was named America’s Favorite Movie Star in a Harris Poll.

In 2003, she was No. 10 on Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s and No. 16 in 2003 on Premiere’s annual Hollywood Power List. In 2005, Premiere magazine’s “Stars in Our Constellation” column ranked Julia the 7th greatest movie star of all time. in the column “The Stars in Our Constellation” (2005). In November 2006, she was voted “Sexiest Celebrity With a Blank Face” by the readers of In Touch (November 2006). In 2007, she was named #57 on Empire magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars.

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In 2006, Roberts voiced Charlotte the Spider in the animated adaptation of the beloved children’s book by E.B. White “Charlotte’s Web”. That same year, she made her Broadway debut in Three Days of Rain, to mixed reviews. Roberts then appeared alongside Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), based on the true events of the US government’s involvement in the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Her subsequent films include the family drama Fireflies in the Garden (2008); “Duplicate” (2009), in which he played a corporate spy; and the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day (2010).

After starring in Eat, Pray, Love (2010), which was adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same name, Roberts, as a community college teacher, reunited with Hanks in Larry Crowne ( 2011). In “Mirror in the Mirror” (2012), a comedy version of the Snow White fairy tale, she reincarnated the role of the Evil Queen. She then crossed swords with Meryl Streep, who played her harshly critical mother, in the family drama August: Osage County (2013), based on the play by Tracy Letts; the role earned Roberts an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She later starred as a doctor helping homosexuals in the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York in The Normal Heart (2014), a television adaptation of the play by Larry Kramer.

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In the feature film “The Secret in Their Eyes” (2015), Roberts played the role of an FBI agent whose daughter is raped and murdered. She then joined the cast of the comedy Mother’s Day (2016) as a stubborn businesswoman. In Jodie Foster’s thriller Monster of Wall Street (2016), Roberts’ character is a producer of a financial advice show who is taken hostage along with the host (Clooney) and their crew. In 2017, Roberts lent her voice to the animated film The Smurfs and played the mother of a child with a rare disease. The following year, she starred as a therapist working at a facility to help veterans readjust to civilian life in Homecoming, her first television series, and as a mother whose son misses his rehab program for to return home for Christmas in Ben Returns.

Roberts next appeared in the television miniseries Gaslit (2022), a drama centered on Martha Mitchell, the outspoken wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, and her attempts to discredit her as she tries to uncover the truth about the scandal. Watergate”. Also in 2022, Roberts reunites with Clooney for “Ticket to Heaven,” a romantic comedy in which a divorced couple tries to stop their daughter’s wedding.

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Julia is also involved with UNICEF charities and has visited many different countries including Haiti and India to promote goodwill. Julia Roberts remains one of Hollywood’s most popular and sought-after talents.

Lending her celebrity name to help raise funds for research to develop a cure for Rett syndrome (a potentially fatal disease that randomly strikes girls between the ages of 2 and 6).

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