Julia Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Walter and Betty
Roberts. Her father was a vacuum cleaner salesman, actor, and writer,
and her mother was a church secretary and actress. Her parents divorced
when she was five, and her mother remarried Michael Motes. Roberts
wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but soon after graduating
from Campbell High School she headed to New York to join her sister
and pursue a career in acting. Once there she signed with Click
modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes.
Her break into show business is due in large part to the efforts
of her brother, Eric, who was cast in the movie BLOOD RED. He convinced
the director to let his sister join the cast. A year later her role
in STEEL MAGNOLIAS made her a star. She won a Golden Globe for Best
Supporting Actress for her role in the movie. Her fame was solidified
the next year with the hit PRETTY WOMAN in which she portrayed a
prostitute with whom the wealthy Richard Gere falls in love. She
won another Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for
that role. Since then Roberts has had a string of starring roles
and recently received another Golden Globe nomination for MY BEST
FRIEND'S WEDDING. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her
guest appearance on an episode of the television show LAW &
ORDER. She has a production company called Shoelace Productions
and splits her time between her homes in New York, the Hollywood
Hills, and a fifty acre retreat in Taos, New Mexico.
She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. (October 28)
Her parents divorced. She moved with her mother and stepfather,
Michael Motes, to Smyrna, a suburb of Atlanta.
Her father died of cancer.
She graduated from Campbell High School.
FIREHOUSE - film
BLOOD RED, MYSTIC PIZZA, SATISFACTION - films
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - film; She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting
Actress for her role in STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
PRETTY WOMAN, FLATLINERS - films; She won a Golden Globe for Best
Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in PRETTY WOMAN.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, HOOK, DYING YOUNG - films
THE PLAYER - film
THE PELICAN BRIEF - film; She married Lyle Lovett.
PRET-A-PORTER, I LOVE TROUBLE - films
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT - film; She and Lyle Lovett divorced.
EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, MARY REILLY, MICHAEL COLLINS - films
CONSPIRACY THEORY, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING - films
STEPMOM, THE WOMEN - film; She was nominated for a Golden Globe
for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her role
in MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING.
RUNAWAY BRIDE, NOTTING HILL - films; She was nominated for an Emmy
Award for her guest appearance on an episode of LAW & ORDER.
THE MOVIEGOER, FROM ALICE TO OCEAN, ERIN BROCKOVICH - films