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Biographies - Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
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Julia Roberts
Born: October 28, 1967
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American actress best known for her performances in "Pretty Woman" (1990), "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Erin Brockovich" (2000) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.


  
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Since her screen debut in the late 80s, Julia Roberts has been among Hollywoods top draws. Though not always taken seriously as a dramatic actress, Roberts onscreen charisma has guaranteed her an enviable choice of roles, be they in comedy or drama. Like Audrey Hepburn before her, Roberts possesses an atypical beauty that has translated into widespread audience appeal. Unlike Hepburn, Roberts projects a gal-next-door wholesomeness rather than an air of cool sophistication, something that is reflected in her coltish good looks and impossibly wide, toothy grin Born October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia, Roberts grew up hanging around the theater people who attended her parents Actors and Writers Workshop in their Atlanta home. Both she and her brother Eric Roberts were interested in acting and it was Eric who led the way, breaking into film in 1978 when Julia was eleven. Roberts moved to New York after high school, but despite landing an agent, did not find film work right away. She made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother in Blood Red, which, although completed in 1986, was not released until 1989. 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), co-starring Lili Taylor and Annabeth Gish. Roberts portrayal of a strong-headed pizza parlor waitress who seduces a wealthy preppie earned her acclaim, and led to her role in 1989s Steel Magnolias. As the doomed Shelby, Roberts played opposite Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine and Dolly Parton and earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal. With newfound stardom under her belt, Roberts attempted to branch off into more serious waters by playing a medical student who starts tinkering with life-after-death experiences in the uneven Flatliners (1990). During production, Roberts became involved with co-star Kiefer Sutherland, the first of her many high profile romances. Later in


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