Thursday, March 22, 2007

Julia Roberts

Name: Julia Roberts
Birth Name: Julie Fiona Roberts
Height: 5' 9"
Sex: F
Nationality: American
Birth Date: October 28, 1967 at 12:16 am
Birth Place: Smyrna, Georgia, USA
Profession: actress
Education: Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School
Griffin Middle School
Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia (graduated in 1985)
Husband/Wife: Daniel Moder (cameraman; born on January 31, 1969; met while filming The Mexican, began dating summer 2001, married on July 4 , 2002 in Taos, New Mexico), Lyle Lovett (singer; born on November 1, 1957; married on June 27, 1993; divorced on March 22, 1995)
Relationship: Benjamin Bratt (actor; November 1997-June 2001), Matthew Perry (actor; dated in 1995), Daniel Day-Lewis (actor; 1994-1995), Jason Patric (actor; dated in 1991), Kiefer Sutherland (actor; 1990-1991), Dylan McDermott (actor; dated in1989)
Father: Walter Roberts (actor, writer; married in 1955; divorced in 1971; died of cancer in 1977)
Mother: Betty Lou Roberts (née Motes; actress)
Sister: Lisa Roberts (actress; born in 1965)
Brother: Eric Roberts (actor; born on April 18, 1956)
Half Sister: Nancy Motes (born on May 19, 1975)
Step Father: Michael Motes
Sister in law: Eliza Roberts (actress)
Son: Phinnaeus Walter Moder (born on November 28, 2004 at a Southern California hospital; twins; father: Daniel Moder)
Daughter: Hazel Patricia Moder (born on November 28, 2004 at a Southern California hospital; twins; father: Daniel Moder)

Since her screen debut in the late 80s, Julia Roberts has been among Hollywood's 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 1989's 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.

2008 The Friday Night Knitting Club
2008 Fireflies in the Garden
2008 Happiness Sold Separately
2008 Eat, Pray, Love
2007 Charlie Wilson's War
2006 Charlotte's Web
2006 The Ant Bully
2006 Three Days in September
2004 Tell Them Who You Are
2004 Ocean's Twelve
2004 Closer
2003 Mona Lisa Smile
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2002 Full Frontal
2001 The Mexican
2001 Ocean's Eleven
2001 Celebrities: Caught On Camera
2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes
2001 America's Sweethearts
2000 Erin Brockovich
1999 Law & Order: Empire
1999 Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo
1999 Runaway Bride
1999 Notting Hill
1998 Murphy Brown: Never Can Say Goodbye, Part 1
1998 Stepmom
1998 In the Wild: Orangutans with Julia Roberts
1998 Murphy Brown: Never Can Say Goodbye, Part 2
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding
1997 Conspiracy Theory
1996 Mary Reilly
1996 Friends: The One After the Superbowl, Part 2
1996 Everyone Says I Love You
1996 Michael Collins
1995 Something to Talk About
1994 I Love Trouble
1994 Prêt-à-Porter
1993 The Pelican Brief
1992 The Player
1991 Hook
1991 Sleeping with the Enemy
1991 Dying Young
1990 Pretty Woman
1990 Flatliners
1989 Steel Magnolias
1988 Blood Red
1988 Satisfaction
1988 Mystic Pizza
1987 Crime Story: The Survivor
1987 Firehouse
1987 Baja Oklahoma
1986 Crime Story
1984 Forever Young

Executive Producer
2006 Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
2005 Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
2004 Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
2003 Queens Supreme [TV Series]
1998 Stepmom

  • Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, revealed that they are expecting their third child together. (December 30, 2006)
  • Will produce and possibly star in the romantic dramedy HAPPINESS SOLD SEPARATELY. (December 14, 2006)
  • A mysterious mole on the side of her right breast, spotted by photographers during a photo shoot, has sparked cancer debate. (October 28, 2006)
  • Has teamed up with the makers of the American Girl Collection dolls and is set to bring a series of live-action films featuring the characters to the big screen. (July 27, 2006)
  • Caused a stir by greeting fans on Broadway wearing a seven-year-old dress, which she last wore to the London premiere of NOTTING HILL in 1999, where she shocked onlookers by revealing her hairy armpits as she waved to the crowd. (June 21, 2006)
  • Ticket brokers are struggling to sell tickets for her New York theatre debut, after she received a string of poor reviews for her performance in Three Days of Rain. (June 9, 2006)
  • Is the new face of Avon cosmetics. She will earn between $2 and $4 million a year for promoting the company's range of cosmetics. (June 2, 2006)
  • Has been dropped from Dior's Hollywood wish-list - because she's not famous enough. (April 12, 2006)
  • Her Broadway debut ‘Three Days of Rain’ grossed a massive $988,298 during its first full week of preview performances. (April 4, 2006)
  • Makes her Broadway stage debut in a production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain. (March 30, 2006)
  • Pre-sale tickets for her Broadway debut in the play Three Days of Rain raked in $7 million in a single day. (February 2, 2006)
  • Is America's no.5 favorite movie star according to a poll released by Garris Interactive. (January 21, 2006)
  • Is in early talks to return to movies with Universal's CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR. (January 12, 2006)
  • Named the new face and figure of Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre. (December 16, 2005)
  • Was the highest paid woman in Hollywood, with an estimated $20m a film. (2005)
  • Described by fashion designer Valentino as dressing like bag ladies, compared to glamorous Hollywood greats. (September 29, 2005)
  • Banned her brother from talking to the media about her twins, insisting she is the only person who can speak publicly about them. (September 3, 2005)
  • Shocked residents of Santa Monica, California when she was spotted driving through the coastal town with out of date (3 months) license plates. (July 23, 2005)
  • Topped People’s Most Beautiful list in 2005, making it her record-breaking ninth inclusion in the list.
  • Cried over CHARLOTTE'S WEB’s scene involving Wilbur the pig when she had a sneak peek at some of the early footage of the film. (April 26, 2005
  • Roberts and Richard Gere were voted the third greatest on-screen couple of all time in a poll commissioned by British chain store Woolworths for their work in PRETTY WOMAN (1990).
  • When winning her Best Actress Oscar for ERIN BROCKOVICH in 2001, Roberts giggled on for three minutes, paused to make her dress pretty, then interrupted herself just to shriek, “I love it up here!” She wards off the “stick man” from cueing up the exit music. She also perfectly summed up any actor’s justification of spending an exuberant moment with their award, “I may never be up here again.”
  • Named Female Celebrity With The Best Hairstyle at the 11th annual Sally Beauty Celebhead Survey. (2005)
  • Plans a new movie about impending motherhood as she is attempting to obtain film rights to best-selling British author Tony Parsons' new novel The Family Way. (January 15, 2005)
  • Has bought 32 acres of prime real estate in Taos, New Mexico, from America's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (January 8, 2005)
  • Hates being photographed, despite working in front of camera lenses for a living.
  • Almost failed to make it to the hospital to give birth to her twins in November 2004 - because her car broke down.
  • Roberts and her baby twins have left hospital after an eight-day stay while doctors tested the tots' lung development. (December 10, 2004)
  • Is the highest paid actress in 2004 according to 'The Hollywood Reporter's' annual list.
  • Bulgarian archaeologists found what they claim is Europe's oldest skeleton, which they have named Julia Roberts because the woman was a rare beauty with a nearly flawless set of teeth. (2004)
  • A faked baby gifts registry that claimed it was for Roberts' twins was taken down after reports that it wasn't for her. (November 25, 2004)
  • Is said to be furious that Catherine Zeta-Jones has been given top billing on the posters for OCEAN'S TWELVE movie. (2004)
  • Roberts, pregnant with twins, has been taken to hospital with early contractions. (October 28, 2004)
  • Pregnant Roberts has allegedly rocketed the production costs of OCEAN'S TWELVE by demanding constant re-shoots because she didn't like the way she looked. (July 14, 2004)
  • MONA LISA SMILE director Mike Newell got engaged in a war of words with leading Roberts on the film's set when he tried to change her acting style. But rather than getting angry by her insistence of doing things her way, Newell found the results of her work the perfect demonstration of why she was right. He says, She is a very bright and a very, very good actress. She knows why people love her. What she brings to the set is immaculate, complete, finished.
  • Her husband Danny Moder is famously shy of intrusive snappers, but Roberts is begging him to join her at the prestigious ceremony in Los Angeles, because she thinks the pair need to stand united following reports of their failed attempts to have children. (December 22, 2003)
  • Is the kind of star who prefers constellations. Over the last three years, she has chosen to wedge herself in the middle of marquee-busting lists of other famous actors in OCEAN'S 11, AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS and FULL FRONTAL. (December 18, 2003)
  • Was really upset when she was quizzed about a possible pregnancy over the weekend when she appeared to look tired and sickly -- She said, I have the flu and I've been throwing up for seven days! So if I seem slightly less than enthusiastic, I'm trying to keep it together.
  • Has adopted a philosophical attitude about her struggle to get pregnant, by leaving conception to the will of heaven. (December 8, 2003)
  • Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz have tied for the position of Hollywood's top female earner in the latest Hollywood Reporter Women In Entertainment list. (December 3, 2003)
  • Has denied claims she broke up her husband Danny Moder's first marriage, despite starting a relationship with him whilst he was still with his ex-wife. (November 17, 2003)
  • Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Britney Spears, and Michelle Pfeiffer are facing boycotts for their stance against guns when America's National Rifle Association (NRA) compiled a 19 page list of enemies of the Constitution, naming celebrities, corporations, religious groups, non-profit groups, writers, journalists, and sports teams - and listed them on its website so members can boycott them. (October 27, 2003)
  • Managed to defuse potentially-embarrassing celebrity show THE LOVE CHAIN, which would have focused on her many romances, by trading the program for exclusive coverage of her new movie MONA LISA SMILE. (October 13, 2003)
  • Roberts had a dramatic collapse from chest pains while celebrating her anniversary in Italy with her husband Danny Moder -- Italian cardiologist Salvatore Greco says, They told me that they had given her a medicine that had worked and she felt all right. (July 18, 2003)
  • Was one of the most powerful celebrity according to 2003 Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List (#21)
  • Roberts sparked a flurry of whispers at the Sunday night's Oscars when she came face-to-face with ex-boyfriend Daniel Day-Lewis for the first time since their split -- According to eyewitnesses, during her dash to the back of the ball, Roberts paused briefly by the Miramax table where Day-Lewis was dining with his wife Rebecca Miller, and the film studio's boss Bob Weinstein, but Day-Lewis didn't even look up from his meal to greet Roberts. (March 27, 2003)
  • Roberts has changed her lifestyle in an attempt to become pregnant – She has quit drinking and smoking and started a course of fertility treatments. (February 20, 2003)
  • Roberts has acquired a new nickname on the set of her new movie MONA LISA SMILE, inspired by Jennifer Lopez's adopted moniker of J.Lo -- she is now being called 'J.Mo' by those working with her because she's now married to the film's cameraman Danny Moder. (November 19, 2002)
  • Roberts got the shock of her life on Saturday night, when 100 of her closest friends sprung a surprise party – Roberts was expecting a night of dining and dancing with her new husband Danny Moder at New York hotspot The Players Club to celebrate her 35th birthday; however, hunky cameraman Moder decided to delight his second wife by inviting her nearest and dearest to the black tie event and keeping it a secret. (October 31, 2002)
  • Roberts has failed in her bid to secure her home with a 10-foot wall -- a source says that city authorities just denied her a permit for the structure. (October 18, 2002)
  • Roberts is the latest high profile actress to be targeted by a stalker – she is demanding a court order be issued to restrain the activities of the stalker who is terrorizing her. (October 16, 2002)
  • Roberts is unconcerned that her engagement ring cost a mere $3,750 compared to her famous friend Catherine Zeta-Jones' $375,000 rock – on a lunch at the glitzy Beverly Hills Hotel Jones’ eyes popped out when Roberts told her that her new husband Danny Moder bought her ring from a shopping mall. (September 30, 2002)
  • Is among those crowned “The Best Dressed” celebrities in 2002 by People Magazine .
  • Roberts is the only woman on 2002 Fortune's 40 Under 40 Rich list.
  • Before the wedding Julia wanted to show she was just a simple girl with simple tastes. She wanted to prove how dedicated she was to her man by living in his world and experiencing his lifestyle.
  • She demanded her husband, Danny Modder leave his $1,600 a month apartment on Sunset Boulevard, because she's had enough of living in a rattrap.
  • Roberts has dual roles in FULL FRONTAL, an actress named Francesca and the character Francesca plays in a movie. The movie-within-the-movie, was the only part of FULL FRONTAL shot on traditional film with special lighting.
  • For a rare moment of privacy, Roberts ducked into a trailer that had been used as a set for FULL FRONTAL, then fell asleep. When she awoke, the cast and crew had moved on to the next location.
  • She has been accused of stealing lucrative voice-over work from lesser known actors. She has just released an audiotape of The Nanny Diaries - having been chosen to provide the narration over more experienced but lesser known actors. Leading industry figures insist that to ensure maximum sales of the tapes, a celebrity name is essential, but expert voice actors have reacted angrily to Roberts' tape.
  • Wants to ditch Roberts to become Mrs. Julia Moder after her July 4 wedding to the hunky cameraman.
  • Sony-based Revolution Studios has paid a low-six-figure advance for the spec script SHRINKIN VIOLET for her Shoelace Productions to produce.
  • Said that she was born to love her new cameraman husband Danny Moder, calling him a man among men, unselfish and all encompassing.
  • Married her cameraman lover Daniel Moder on Independence Day 2002.
  • Roberts isn't the only one happy with her choice of new husband - her neighbors are too, due to Moder's friendliness.
  • Three months before exchanging their vows, Julia and Danny declared their commitment by having each other’s initial linked on their lower backs.
  • Moder, 33, was still married to makeup artist Vera Steinberg--his wife of five years—when he began dating Roberts. He filed for divorce in the spring and it was finalized in June.
  • She fell in love for the married Moder after meeting him two years ago on the set of THE MEXICAN, released in 2001 and co-starring Brad Pitt.
  • All invited guests to her wedding ceremony, including actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and wife Jennifer Aniston, were asked to wear white linen.
  • Left fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland three days before their planned wedding in 1991, and ran off with Jason Patric. She has also been linked to Dylan McDermott and Liam Neeson, and last year ended a four-year relationship with actor Benjamin Bratt, who married actress Talisa Soto in April 2002.
  • Residents of Taos treat the star like a normal neighbor and have repeatedly asked media to leave her alone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • She lent her celebrity name to help raise money for research to develop a cure for Rett Syndrome, a disease which is potentially fatal and randomly strikes girls between the ages of 2 to 6 years.
  • (2000) She was on People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list.
  • She turned down the female lead in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998).
  • (1991) She was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
  • (1990) She was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
  • She was considered for the role of Poison Ivy in BATMAN & ROBIN (1997).
  • She once tried out for a part on ALL MY CHILDREN, but was turned down.
  • She was ranked #1 (in Hollywood Power) and #12 (in $$) on Forbes magazine 'Power 100'.
  • (June 2000) She tops the list of the 200 hottest actors and actresses in the business in James Ulmer's Hollywood Hot List: The Complete Guide to Star Power - 2000 book which is published in October 2000.
  • She changed her name from Julie to Julia when she applied for a SAG card and there was another SAG member actress named Julie Roberts.
  • She turned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).
  • She was engaged to her STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) co-star, Dylan McDermott.
  • She beat out Sandra Bullock for the role of Maggie Carpenter in RUNAWAY BRIDE (1999).
  • She always lies on her back to have her make-up applied before going onto a film set -- she insists it gives her a relaxed look.
  • She frequently works with Steven Soderbergh
  • After George Clooney and Brad Pitt found out that she was going to be joining them in OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001), they sent her a card that read, We heard that you get 20 per film, and in the card was a $20 bill. The joke was that she reportedly gets $20 million per film.
  • She was named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
  • She was named one of E!'s top 20 entertainers of 2001.
  • She is the highest paid actress in film history.
  • At the 2002 Peoples Choice Awards she admitted to being a huge fan of DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1965) and asked to be seated near the cast.
  • Was among the many actresses who were forerunners for the parts of Natalie, Dylan and Alex in CHARLIE'S ANGELS (2000)
  • Turned down the lead role for the supporting one in AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS (2001)
  • Julia, who plays Kiki in AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS (2001), is nicknamed America's Sweetheart.
  • Was Coppola's dream choice for Mary Corleone in THE GODFATHER: PART III (1990), but she had scheduling conflicts at both times when the role was open
  • Because Tinkerbell was often in the air, she had an assistant whose sole responsibility was cleaning her feet (HOOK 1991).
  • Her head was superimposed on Shelley Michelle's body for the PRETTY WOMAN poster.
  • She cites College Station, Texas as a nothing college town in MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING. This is the site of Texas A&M University, the alma mater of her ex-husband, Lyle Lovett.
  • She was nicknamed Tinkerhell because she was difficult to deal with.
  • The platypus face that she makes in RUNAWAY BRIDE (1999) was added after director Garry Marshall saw her making that face to entertain his grandchildren.
  • The role of Annie in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) was originally offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down.
  • The song that Isabel (Julia Roberts) sings to Ben in the hospital is If I Needed You. It was recorded by Lyle Lovett on his 1998 album, Step Inside This House. Lyle and Julia were married at one time. (STEPMOM-1998).
  • Turned down the role of Diana in INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993).
  • Wanted to be a vegetarian until the age of 17.