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

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

Relationships

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

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Details

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

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