Mar 04, 2014 02:12 AM EST
Julia Roberts is an Academy Award-winning actress and one of the top box-office earners in Hollywood, known for such films as Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich.
Julia Roberts was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia.
Her parents were both actors who ran a workshop for aspiring writers and performers until their divorce in 1971.
She has two older siblings.
She has English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Played clarinet in her school band.
She attended Griffin Middle School and then Campbell High School.
Before dreaming of becoming an actress, she wanted to be a veterinarian.
She later studied journalism although she never completed her degree.
As a child Julia used to bite her toenails off instead of clipping them. "I was very limber,"she told Movieline in 2002.
After graduating from high school in 1985, Roberts moved to New York City to live with her sister, Lisa, who, along with Roberts's brother, Eric, was pursuing an acting career.
She made her debut on the television series Crime Story (1986-88).
She once tried out for a part on All My Children (1970), but was turned down.
In 1987, she starred in Satisfaction alongside Liam Neeson. Although the movie didn't do well, they fell in love and moved in together. She was 19 and he was 35 at the time. They broke up a year later.
Her major break came when she starred as the vulnerable Daisy in Mystic Pizza (1988).
Was engaged to her Steel Magnolias (1989) co-star, Dylan McDermott.
Roberts became known to worldwide audiences when she co-starred with Richard Gere in Pretty Woman in 1990. The role also earned her a second Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress.
Pretty Woman was originally titled $3,000 (the amount Vivian was paid for the week). However, the title was confusing to the audience and they decided to change it.p
Meg Ryan was supposed to star as Vivian in Pretty Woman, but she turned it down. Imagine if she hadn't?
Ironically enough, Julia turned down leading role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which went to Meg Ryan.
Julia is not actually featured on the cover for the movie Pretty Woman, well her body at least. Her head was actually superimposed on body double Shelley Michelle.
The infamous necklace scene wasn't actually planned. Julia wasn't feeling well so to make her laugh, Richard shut the case and her reaction was so perfect they kept it in the movie.
Julia ended her relationship with Dylan McDermott in 1990 and started dating Kiefer Sutherland.
The day of her planned nuptials to Sutherland, Roberts, who backed out a few days before, flies to Dublin with a one-time Sutherland friend, actor Jason Patric. The two begin dating but break up in 1992.
A 22-year-old Roberts is named one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful People. "She's is a cross between Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Bambi," Garry Marshall, who directed her in Pretty Woman, tells PEOPLE. The following year, she makes the cover.
In 1993, she met country crooner Lyle Lovett, 35 on the set of The Player and the couple got married. Unfortunately, the pair divorced amicably after just 21 months of marriage.
In 1996, Roberts appears on an episode of Friends. A few weeks before the show airs, she is spotted in L.A. with Matthew Perry, whom she dates briefly.
In New York shooting Stepmom (which she coproduced with friend and costar Susan Sarandon), Roberts spots Law & Order actor Benjamin Bratt at Raoul's restaurant and orchestrates an introduction. "I realized immediately that he is someone who will always challenge me in that great way that keeps you moving forward," Roberts tells McCall's in 2000. "[He] is all a girl could ever ask for."
She turned down the female lead in Shakespeare in Love which went to Gwyneth Paltrow and led her to win an Academy Award for the role.
Julia Roberts wanted to name her son, Henry, George, but didn't because she thought people would think she named him after George Clooney. "That would seem weird," she told EW.
She is 5' 9" tall.
She lies on her back to have her make-up applied before going onto a film set. She does this because she says it gives her a relaxed look.
Julia is Emma Roberts aunt.
She married boyfriend, cameraman Daniel Moder, at their ranch home in Taos, New Mexico in a midnight ceremony on July 4, 2002.
Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder first met on the set of The Mexican which she starred in alongside Brad Pitt.
They served hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob to their guests. They did splurge on 4 cakes with different flavors.
Bruce Willis was the only celebrity that attended her wedding.
Gave birth to twins (her first and second child) at age 37, a son Phinnaeus Moder (aka Phinnaeus Walter Moder) and a daughter Hazel Moder (aka Hazel Patricia Moder) on November 28, 2004. Child's father is her second husband, Daniel Moder.
Was forced to deliver her twins Phinnaeus Moder and Hazel Moder via emergency Caesarean section 8 days ahead of their due date following a difficult pregnancy.
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 it was a $20 bill. It was funny because she reportedly earns $20 million per film.
She never acted in a sequel until Ocean's Twelve (2004).
A 9000 year old female skeleton excavated in Bulgaria in November 2004, was called by the archaeologists "Julia Roberts" because of the perfect teeth it had.
She has worked with both Hector Elizondo and Richard Gere in two different movies, first in Pretty Woman (1990), and then again in Runaway Bride (1999).
She won her first Oscar as in the movie
Roberts was the first actress to receive a $20 million salary for a single film, for her title role in 2000's Erin Brockovich.
Since Erin Brockovich-Ellis is right handed and Roberts is not, she had to learn to use her right hand for movie.
Her Broadway debut in the play "Three Days of Rain" in 2006 received terrible reviews for her performance and ran for just 70 performances.
She has a song titled "Julia" which is written about her. Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk wrote the song after seeing her at a Los Angeles restaurant.
Roberts' production company "Red Om" films is her husband Danny's second name reversed.
She loves to eat healthy and buys her own organic greens at a farmers market near her apartment in New York City.
One of her favorite hobbies is knitting.