Educating Julia

UPDATED 05/29/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/29/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

SINCE ANNOUNCING LAST MARCH that she would no longer be Mrs. Lyle Lovett, Julia Roberts has kept a low profile. No new romances, no new movies. But last week she was highly visible, touring the slums of Haiti. Earlier this spring, Roberts, 27, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF, had asked if she could meet some of the relief agency's neediest recipients. And so, on May 10, she arrived in Port-au-Prince "to educate myself." The poverty she found was overwhelming. "My heart is just bursting," she said.

UNICEF officials hope her six-day visit will trigger an outburst of giving: $10 million in aid is still needed. Roberts herself had no need for journalists, whom she kept at arm's length. "You in the orange shirt!" she snapped at one cameraman. "Out!" She did turn on the charm for Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 42, who glowingly described Roberts as a "Hollywood Haitian." Asked by a reporter if she would consider making a movie in Haiti, Roberts replied, "Certainly. Are you offering me a script?" No, but Aristide may have come up with a title.

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