Julia Roberts: Snapshot

Julia Roberts
Date of Birth
October 28, 1967
Birth Place
Atlanta, Ga.
Julia Roberts won over audiences with her signature smile, booming laugh and red curls playing a loveable prostitute in Pretty Woman. But it was her role as a passionate crusader in Erin Brockovich that earned her an Oscar and made her the highest-paid actress at the time.

Any romantic comedy Roberts touched seemed to turn to box office gold, but it was her love life that kept fans intrigued. Roberts was engaged to Dylan McDermott and Kiefer Sutherland, married briefly to country singer Lyle Lovett and dated Benjamin Bratt for several years before marrying cameraman Danny Moder in 2002. Since giving birth to twins in 2004, she's taken on fewer film roles and welcomed another child in 2007. Her return to the Hollywood limelight coincided with a high point in her career: Roberts earned her fourth Oscar nomination in 2014 for August: Osage County.

Julia Roberts: Video

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Julia Roberts: Five Fun Facts

  1. As a child Julia Roberts used to bite her toenails off instead of clipping them. "I was very limber," she told Movieline in 2002.
  2. Julia Roberts wanted to name her son, Henry, George, but didn't because she thought people would think she named him after George Clooney. "That would seem weird," she told EW.
  3. At her 2002 wedding to Danny Moder, Julia Roberts served hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob. But dessert was more upscale: a friend whipped up five cakes (four lemon and one chocolate raspberry), decorated with pictures of Indian deities including her favorite, the elephant god Ganesh.
  4. After giving birth to twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, Julia Roberts picked up a new hobby: The mom-of-two is now an expert knitter.
  5. Julia Roberts enjoys racing horses around a series of plastic barrels at her New Mexico ranch, a skill she picked up during childhood. "When I was a kid the barrels were steel oil drums," she tells In Style. "My knees were always a wreck. But I was proud of them."

Julia Roberts: Biography


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A Change at Home

Roberts' parents, Walter, a drama teacher, and Betty, a real estate agent, divorce when she is 4. While her father and older brother Eric remain in Atlanta, Roberts and her sister Lisa move to Smyrna, Ga., with their mom.


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Becoming a City Girl

A budding thespian, Roberts – whose first onstage role was playing Elizabeth Dole in a mock election campaign at her school – graduates from Campbell High School in Smyrna. A few months later, Roberts moves to New York to pursue acting full time.


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No Satisfaction

Roberts lands a part in her first movie, playing a hipster band member in the rock-musical Satisfaction. Though the film fails to satisfy critics, 19-year-old Roberts begins dating her costar Liam Neeson, 35. The pair move in together in Venice, Calif., but break up the next year.

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BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): REX USA; Classmates Yearbook Archives; Kobal Collection/Wireimage

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