Fiona Roberts was born October 28, 1967 in
Atlanta, Georgia, the third child of Betty and
Walter Roberts. Julia grew up in nearby Smyrna,
Georgia with older brother Eric and older sister
As a toddler, Julias parents ran a
diverse acting workshop where children of all
races, in the very southern caucasian state of
Georgia, could attend. Such students included the
children of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
At the tender
age of four, Julias parents became separated and
then divorced, Eric, now fifteen, moved on to
Atlanta with their father leaving Lisa and Julia
with their mother. Betty was remarried in 1972
and Walter remarried in 1974.
In 1976 Julia,
now 9, welcomed her new baby sister Nancy into
her life, dotting on her like the big sister she
was; but only a year later Julias father died of
inoperable throat cancer not long after his
second wife was killed in a car accident.
As Eric went on to achieve success in
Hollywood, Julia attended Campbell High School
where she felt she was an outsider. As a child
Julia wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian, but
this dream diminished with a distaste for science.
Julia graduated in 1985 and quickly moved to New
York City in pursuit of becoming an actor like
her brother and where was already appearing in
off-off broadway productions.
Julia got a boost from big
brother Eric in 1986 when he cast her in a small
past as his sister in his film Blood Red,
she then went on to star in Justine Batemans film
Satisfaction, which was not a box office
hit. Julias next movie was a small independent
feature titled Baja Oklahoma where she
portrayed the daughter of Lesley Ann Warren.
Julia then went on to make the
three best films of her career, which also helped
launch her into "superstar" status. In
1988, Mystic Pizza where she played the
part of Daisy, a killer pool player who was more
afraid of life then she would ever have anyone
Steel Magnolias, where Julia played Shelby, a
young diabetic woman who wanted a child so badly
she was willing to risk her own well being.
Julias performance was so outstanding that she
won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an
Then came the movie that rocketed
Julia to the success that she is still continuing
In 1989 Julia signed on for a movie with
the simple title, 3000; it was a movie
about a lonely millionaire who picks up a hooker
for a week of companionship and they end up
falling in love. The movie went through many
script changes and title changes, Off The
Boulevard was one, before it became Pretty
Woman, the third most successful movie of
1990 and the movie that gave Julia her star and
re-lit the star of Richard Gere who's career had
begun to dim after many unsuccessful films.
Julia was now a certified star, with her
next film Flatliners where she played a
medical student who wonders what it's like to die
and come back she met and fell in love with actor
Kiefer Sutherland, they became engaged and were
to wed within the next year.
movies were Sleeping With The Enemy and Dying
Young where she was able to star with Colleen
Dewhurst in one of the great actresses last films.
Neither were critical or box office successes,
but that did not seem to matter because Julia
really was the flavor of the year.
like the happiest woman in the world, but with
success comes heartache, weeks before Julia and
Kiefer were to be wed tabloid television shows
were reporting that Julia flew off to Ireland
with Jason Patric after a stripper went public
stating that she was having an affair with Keifer.
Julia ended 1991
with the Christmas release of Hook, a look
into "what if Peter Pan grew up?" co-starring
with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, Julia
played the part of the pixie Tinkerbell, quite
ironic considering her 5'9 frame, the film was a
hit with kids and adults who believed in never-neverland.
Sick of rumors
and photographers jumping out of bushes, Julia
went into hiding, for what felt like an eternity.
(Hey I was 16 at
the time, it really DID feel like an eternity!)
Julia spent her
time away from Hollywood doing things that felt
more beneficial for her as a person rather then
pleasing everyone else. She turned down the lead
Meg Ryan took in Sleepless in Seattle to
work in a Calcutta mission for children. Ironic
that Meg Ryan had turned down Julias Academy
Award nominated roll in Steel Magnolias.
The next time we would see Julia
in the headlines wouldn't be for a movie or an
awards show; on June 27th 1993 Julia married
country singer Lyle Lovett in a private ceremony
where she walked down the isle barefoot.
in December of 1993, The Pelican Brief was
released, Julias first film in the last two years
and it was a box office success. In summer of
1994 she starred with Nick Nolte in I Love
Trouble which equally flopped.
The summer of 1995 Julia and Lyle
divorced and Julias next film Something To
Talk About fizzled at the box office. Julias
personal life and career seemed to be like an out
of control roller coaster ride; and I hate to say
it but on a personal note it was not a ride I
wanted to be on anymore. Movies such as Ready
To Wear and the Woody Allen musical Everyone
Says I Love You failed also.
Julias next films steered more towards
period pieces, Mary Reily, and Michael
Collins were both drab movies that even the
public was not interested in seeing. Julia did
not seem to mind, focusing more on working with
children in Haiti.
Then came My
Best Friends Wedding in the summer of 1997,
the movie that put Julia back on top. After that
followed Conspiracy Theory co-starring Mel
Gibson which was also very successful.
Christmas day 1998 and we all knew that the true
Pretty Woman was back.
Julia was once again the certified
star she had been almost ten years before and
there was nothing but good on the horizon.
She was now dating Benjamin Bratt from Demolition
Man and Law & Order ;and was ready
for her two big summer movies of 1999, Notting
Hill with Hugh Grant and Runaway Bride
the movie to re-team her with Richard Gere. Both
were box office and critical successes.
continued with the release of Erin Brokovich in
March 2000; Julia's third movie in a row to gross
over 100 million dollars.
2001 Julia won a Golden Globe for her role as
Erin Brockovich and on February 13, 2001 garnered
her third oscar nomination, three years after her
nomination for Pretty Woman, and this time she
walked away with the coveted award. You know what
they say, three times a charm. Julias next film,
The Mexican with Brad Pitt, opened March 2, 2001
and was an equal success.
with the good times come the bad, and in June of
2001 it was publically announced that Julia and
Ben had ended their four year relationship. On
July 19th, America's Sweethearts opened to
favorable reviews and is still going steady at
the box office.
film, the remake of Oceans 11, opens in December