Julia Fiona Roberts first saw daylight on the 28th
of october, 1967. She grew up in the small town Smyrna, Georgia, USA,
along with her mother Betty-Lou, an actress and a church secretary, her
father Walter who worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman, writer and an actor.
She has two siblings, the older brother Eric, and the older sister Lisa.
Little Julia had a tragic childhood. When she was only four years old,
her parents got divorced because of financial difficulties. Betty-Lou
stayed in Smyrna with her two daughters, while Walter moved to Atlanta
and took thesixteen year old Eric with him. When Julia was ten years old,
March 1978, her father died of cancer. In school, the children teased
her because of her thick glasses and her big mouth. At first she took
it pretty hard but then she decided to take advantage of her looks. She
accepted her big mouth and instead made it her trademark. She showed her
beautiful, hazel eyes by using contact lenses instead of hiding them behind
thick glasses. She had never tried to hide the fact that she was tall,
her height only made her more grand.
Early-on, Julia had planned on becoming a veterinarian and had little
interest in acting. After graduating from Campbell High School in Smyrna,
Julia joined her sister Lisa and brother Eric in New York to go to theater
school. Before she got into acting she worked at Baskin-Robbins and as
a shoe-saleswoman. Later on, she signed with the modeling agency "Click"
and she stayed with them until her brother Eric who was already into acting,
landed her her first film role in the movie "Blood Red". The
movie didn't go well at all but people started talking about her in Hollywood.
In 1988 she played a pizza waitress in "Mystic Pizza" and then
she co-starred with Liam Neeson in "Satisfaction". Things started
to get hot behind the camera as well between Julia and Liam. One year
later she starred in "Steel Magnolias" opposite her fiancé
at that time, Dylan McDermott. Just before "Steel Magnolias"
Julia got sick and she was still recovering from her illness when the
shooting started. This didn't stop the director Herbert Ross from saying
bad things about her acting, mostly in front of people, but he got quiet
when Julia was Oscar-nominated for her part.
The year after, Julia became star over a night when she became the whole
world's "Pretty Woman" . Suddenly, everybody wanted her. The
papers wrote about her every day and the whole world talked about her.
She couldn't leave the house without reporters and photographers throwing
themselves at her. This was very hard on her, she got thinner and the
rumors spread that she was doing drugs and had anorexia.
The rescue came when she met Kiefer Sutherland, her co-star in "Flatliners"from
1990. He left his wife and children and moved in with Julia. The scandal
was a fact and the relationship of the year started. In August 1990, Julia
and Kiefer announced their engagement and in October he gave Julia a tattoo
on her birthday, a chinese symbol for "eternal love" on her
left shoulder. Julia and Kiefers wedding was set to June 14th 1991. The
dream was torn apart when Julia found out that Kiefer had had an affair
with the stripper Amanda Rice. When Kiefer said that he did it because
sex with Julia was like sleeping with a corps, Julia had a nervous breakdown
and had to be submitted to hospital. Not long before the wedding, Julia
cancelled it. She ran away from all the excitement to Ireland with Kiefers'
best friend Jason Patric and rumours circled that they were going to get
married in Ireland. Meanwhile, "Sleeping with the enemy" had
opened in the movie-theatres in USA with great success. After a while,
Julia threw Jason out because of his non-stopping beer drinking. After
that, the boyfriends just passed by, at least that's what the rumours
said and the rumours about drogue addiction rose again.
After successes like "Sleeping with the enemy" and "Hook",
Julia decided to take a break. During her time off, she spent a lot of
time with Daniel Day-Lewis. For two long years she totally disappeared
from the big screen with a small exception and "The Player"
(1992), and everybody were asking, where did Pretty Woman go? In 1993,
she came back, this time in the thriller "The Pelican Brief"
which is based on the book by the same name, written by John Grisham.
The rumour says that John wrote the book with Julia in mind as the main
character Darby Shaw. The movie was a comeback for Julia and it went well
in the cinemas. In June 1993, Julia took the big step into marriage. The
happy guy was the ten year older country singer, Lyle Lovett. After only
have known each other for a few weeks they went to the preacher and said
"I do". Julia was barefoot and without makeup.
The marriage went up and down, more than once we heard rumours about divorce,
children who would save the marriage and that both parties was seeking
comfort with others. Media made a big fuzz over that Julia had been out
dancing with the actor Ethan Hawke. In March 1995, the couple announced
that they were separating. After 21 months of marriage they were getting
a divorce but they were still very good friends. Then the rumours about
new men were up and around again. Names like Jason Patrick, Ethan Hawke
and Richard Gere were mentioned. Julia continued working, movies like
"Something to talk about", "Mary Reilly" and "Michael
Collins" were shown on the big screen and the men in Julia's life
were many. The last few years, a number of men had been side by Julia's
She has amongst others dated Matthew Perry from the sitcom "Friends".
Rumours started circulating that Julia's career was over, her movies wasn't
doing as good as before and more and more she disappeared from the spotlight.
There was talk about a "new Julia Roberts" and amongst the candidates
were Sandra Bullock, Julia Ormond and Julianne Moore. But Julia came back,
like she always does, this time with movies like "Conspiracy Theory"
and the box office hit "My Best Friend's Wedding".
The last few years she has been working hard. On Christmas Day '98 "Stepmom"
was released and in the summer of '99 she had two big blockbusters out
in the theaters, "Notting Hill" and "Runaway Bride"
which re-united Richard Gere and Julia for the first time since "Pretty
Woman". This year she has done it again, the true story of "Erin
Brokovich" became a huge hit and people are talking about Julia getting
an oscar next year.
Julia might hide away sometimes to get away from the spotlight but she
always comes back, stronger and better than ever. She has for a long time
been on top of the elite in Hollywood and even though she's not on the
throne anymore, she is still a lady to count on. With her beautiful smile
she continues to charm the world. We have not seen the last of Julia Roberts
"It's funny when people say, 'I don't think julia likes me.' Honey,
if I don't like you, you're going to know about it."
"I don't get angry very often. I lose my temper rarely. And when
I do, there's always a legitimate cause. Normally I have a great lightness
of being. I take things in a very happy, amused way."
"I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open
season on every moment of your life."
"I enjoy hats. And when one has filthy hair, that is a good accessory."
"I think less is more when it comes to kissing in the movies."
"I wouldn't do nudity in films. For me, personally... To act with
my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary."
"I'm too tall to be a girl. I'm between a chick and a broad."
"I've never had to pretend to be having sex with somebody. I'm like
the queen of the foreplay dissolve."
"It's funny when people say, 'I don't think Julia likes me.' Honey,
if I don't like you, you're going to know about it."
"My boyfriend keeps telling me I've got to own things. So, first
I bought this car. And then he told me I oughta get a house. 'Why a house?'
'Well, you gotta have a place to park the car."
"My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood
"On my best day, I am a seven-point-seven. I could be a hard eight
if I felt great. If I went on a good run and had on my best pair of jeans,
I could feel right on the money."
"People came up: 'I thought you were 6 ft tall.' I'm average height
- 5 ft 8 ins, skinny blonde. One guy says to me 'So, where's the fox from
"People don't want to see me having sex... I'm the queen of the
'kiss, foreplay, dissolve.' And then the 'Whoo! Good morning, tiger."
"Show me a person who doesn't like to laugh and I'll show you a
person with a toe tag."
"What's nice about my dating life is that I don't have to leave
my house. All I have to do is read the paper: I'm marrying Richard Gere,
dating Daniel Day-Lewis, parading around with John F. Kennedy, Jr., and
even Robert De Niro was in there for a day."
"You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to
go home with yourself."