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Celebrated as much for her captivating smile as for her acting prowess, Julia Roberts was born Oct. 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Ga. She left home for New York City after high school and quickly landed work as a model.

The acting bug bit Roberts soon after, and she eventually nabbed her first movie roles in 1988's Satisfaction and Mystic Pizza. Playing a diabetic in Steel Magnolias (1989) brought her an Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actress), but it took 11 years for her to win the Oscar (for Best Actress) for her portrayal of crusader Erin Brockovich.

With an unforgettable turn as a prostitute who discovers love (and shopping) in Pretty Woman, Roberts kick-started a long string of 1990s romantic comedies that include My Best Friend's Wedding, Runaway Bride and Notting Hill. She earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nod (musical or comedy) for her role in the 2009 romp Duplicity.

Julia Roberts in Money Monster

Money Monster

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Landing in dire financial straits after following a stock tip from bombastic TV persona Lee Gates, fuming Kyle Budwell takes the lout hostage on live television and threatens to kill him unless he turns the stock price around before the closing bell.

  • Julia Roberts in Mother's Day Mother's Day
  • Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes Secret in Their Eyes
  • Julia Roberts in Valentine's Day Valentine's Day
  • Julia Roberts in Fireflies in the Garden Fireflies in the Garden
  • Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love Eat Pray Love
  • Julia Roberts in Ocean's Eleven Ocean's Eleven
  • Julia Roberts in August: Osage County August: Osage County
  • Julia Roberts in Hook Hook
  • Julia Roberts in Closer Closer
  • Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror Mirror Mirror
  • Julia Roberts in Notting Hill Notting Hill
  • Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson's War Charlie Wilson's War
  • Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne Larry Crowne
  • Julia Roberts in Ocean's Twelve Ocean's Twelve
  • Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
  • Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias Steel Magnolias
  • Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief The Pelican Brief
  • Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
  • Julia Roberts in Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web
  • Julia Roberts in Something to Talk About Something to Talk About
  • Julia Roberts in Michael Collins Michael Collins
  • Julia Roberts in Duplicity Duplicity
  • Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Julia Roberts in Flatliners Flatliners
  • Julia Roberts in Mystic Pizza Mystic Pizza
  • Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride Runaway Bride
  • Julia Roberts in The Normal Heart The Normal Heart
  • Julia Roberts in Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy Theory
  • Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile Mona Lisa Smile
  • Julia Roberts in I Love Trouble I Love Trouble
  • Julia Roberts in Ready to Wear Ready to Wear
  • Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts America's Sweethearts
  • Julia Roberts in The Mexican The Mexican
  • Julia Roberts in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Julia Roberts in His Way His Way
  • Julia Roberts in Full Frontal Full Frontal
  • Julia Roberts in The Best of Friends: Season 2 The Best of Friends: Season 2
  • Julia Roberts in America: A Tribute to Heroes America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Julia Roberts in Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary
  • Julia Roberts in The Ant Bully The Ant Bully
  • Julia Roberts in Fuel Fuel