Julia Roberts Biography
Her big break into show business is due largely to the efforts of her brother Eric, who was a cast in the movie Blood Red, and convinced the director to give Julia a role. In 1988, she appeared in two movies Satisfaction and Mystic Pizza. However, it was only until Steel Magnolias did Julia Roberts became a star on her own and won herself a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
Julias biggest success was the 1990 Pretty Woman movie, which got her an Oscar nomination and a Peoples Choice award as Favorite actress. She spent her first few movies in two movie genres serious flicks, such as the 1993 film Pelican Brief with Denzel Washington, 1996 Michael Collins film costarred by Liam Neeson as well as fantasy films (playing roles like Tinkerbell). However, Julias fans craved for romantic comedies. Big romantic comedy flicks credited to Roberts include the 1997 all-time favorite My Best Friends Wedding, 1999 Notting Hill and another Richard Gere movie, Runaway Bride.
In 2001, Roberts won a critical acclaim and a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Erin Brockovich. Due to Julias remarkable acting, the same director of Erin Brockovich teamed up with Roberts for three more movies including, Full Frontal, Oceans Eleven and Oceans Twelve.
Julia is among the most popular, most sought-after and highest paid talents in Hollywood, topping the annual top-earning females list by the Hollywood Reporter for 4 consecutive years, starting 2002 to 2005. In her role in the 2003 period film Mona Lisa Smile, Roberts was paid a whopping $25 million. As of 2007, her net worth is estimated to be around $140 million.
Roberts was the first actor to appear in the front page of Vogue and the first woman to be featured in the cover of GQ. Along with Halle Berry, Julia has been listed in People magazines 50 Most Beautiful People in the World for eleven times.
Aside from making movies, Roberts also featured in a 2005 music video by the Dave Matthews Band for their hit single Dreamgirl. Julia has been reported to be a fan of the band. Off screen, Julia is involved with UNICEF charities, visiting m any countries to promote goodwill.