Biography

A leading leading lady, this effervescent beauty had a handful of supporting parts before rocketing to fame as a hooker with a heart of gold in 1990's Pretty Woman. Soon a superstar, she subsequently tackled diverse roles in a variety of films, but fared best in romantic comedies. She had a steamy love life off-screen as well, with a succession of high-profile relationships (Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Benjamin Bratt) and a brief marriage to Lyle Lovett. In 2001, Roberts made headlines when she won an Oscar as a gutsy ex-beauty queen in Erin Brockovich. The next year, she married cameraman Danny Moder. After the birth of the couple's twins in 2004, Roberts took a hiatus from acting, sparking rumors of retirement. But she resurfaced in 2006 in the Broadway revival of Three Days of Rain. In June 2007, she gave birth to her third child, Henry Daniel Moder. She continued to successfully mix work and motherhood, striking a praiseworthy balance, through the rest of the decade, as her film grosses passed the $2 billion mark in the U.S. alone.

Fast Facts

  • Played Elizabeth Dole in a mock election campaign at her high school.
  • Appeared with Dennis Hopper and her brother, Eric, in her first film, 1989's Blood Red, about land disputes in 19th-century California.
  • Won the lead role in Pretty Woman (1990) after Molly Ringwald turned it down.
  • Made the cover of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1991.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Three Days of Rain.
  • Was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest women in entertainment in 2007, and as one of the top celeb working mothers for 2008. 
  • Honored, with her husband Danny Moder, with a GLSEN Respect Award in 2014, for their charitable efforts.
  • Involved in the UNICEF organization.

Awards

  • 2001, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 1998, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1994, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Smile: Winner
  • 2003, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2000, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2002, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1991, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1991, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2004, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actress: Winner
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Benjamin Bratt — Ex-significant Other
  • Betty Lou Bredemus — Mother
  • Dylan McDermott — Ex-fiancé
  • Emma Roberts — Niece
  • Lyle Lovett — Ex-husband
  • Hazel Patricia Moder — Daughter
  • Lisa Roberts Gillan — Sister
  • Walter Roberts — Father
  • Nancy Motes — Half Sister
  • Phinnaeus Walter Moder — Son
  • Henry Daniel Moder — Son
  • Daniel Moder — Husband
  • Kiefer Sutherland — Ex-fiancé
  • Eric Roberts — Brother

Next On TVSee all »

Details

  • Birth Name: Julia Fiona Roberts
  • Birth Place: Smyrna, Georgia, United States
  • Birthday: October 28, 1967, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor

Related Video

Bob Harper
You Need to Hear Bob Harper's Birthday Story About Julia Roberts

The Biggest Loser trainer totally had the best birthday ever thanks to Julia Roberts