American actress Julia Fiona Roberts was born October 28th, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia. Her parents, who used to be actors and playwrights, ran a children’s acting school in Georgia at the time of Julia’s birth. It wasn’t until Julia had graduated from high school that she showed an interest in becoming an actor. She briefly attended Georgia State University before dropping out and moving to New York, where she started taking acting classes and signed with a modeling agency.
Julia’s acting credits date back to 1987, when she appeared in an episode of Crime Story. She made her big screen debut in 1988, with two comedy-dramas, Satisfaction and Mystic Pizza. In 1990, Julia had a supporting role in Steel Magnolias, a movie that earned her a first nomination for an Academy Award and won her a Golden Globe Award. Building up on the success of her previous film, Roberts was next cast as the female lead in Pretty Woman (1990.) The film was a commercial and critical success; Julia was also nominated for a second time to an Academy Award, and won her second Golden Globe Award. Roberts’ subsequent projects were the supernatural thriller Flatliners (1990,) Sleeping with the Enemy, Hook and Dying Young (all in 1991.) Although these movies weren’t favorably reviewed by the press, they were nonetheless big office hits.
Other successful film roles for Roberts during this decade were The Pelican Brief (1993,) My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997,) Stepmom (1998,) Notting Hill (1999,) and Runaway Bride (1999.) On TV, she appeared in episodes of Miami Vice, Friends, Murphy Brown and Law & Order. The latter got her a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Guest Actress. In 2000, Julia took on one of her most emblematic performances when she was cast as titular character in biopic Erin Brockovich. The movie was extremely successful, and Julia won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA, a third Golden Globe, a Critic’s Choice Award, and several other accolades. At the time, Julia was the highest paid actress in Hollywood and the world as well. Some notable film roles during this decade were The Mexican, America’s Sweethearts, and Ocean’s Eleven, all in 2001, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002,) Mona Lisa Smile (2003,) Closer and Ocean’s Twelve in 2004.
Roberts’ only two movies of 2006 were voice acting roles only, first in animated feature The Ant Bully and then in the children’s book live action adaptation of Charlotte’s Web. Roberts’ next releases were comic thriller Duplicity (2009,) as part of ensemble star cast Valentine’s Day (2009,) biopic Eat Pray Love (2009,) Snow White adaptation of Mirror Mirror (2012) and the black comedy drama August: Osage County (2013,) for which she was nominated for several awards. In 2015, Julia starred in the American remake of Argentine film Secret in Their Eyes, to mixed reception and poor box office results. Proving once again that she is one of the most prolific actresses of her era, Julia released five more films between 2016 and 2018: Mother’s Day, Money Monster, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Wonder and Ben Is Back. In 2018, she starred and produced psychological thriller series, Homecoming. Julia has two upcoming projects in 2022, romantic comedy film Ticket to Paradise and political thriller TV limited series, Gaslit, which she also serves as executive producer.