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Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy ''Film/PrettyWoman'' opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for ''Film/SteelMagnolias'' in 1990 and ''Pretty Woman'' in 1991, she snagged a Best Actress Oscar in 2001 for her performance in ''Film/ErinBrockovich''. Her films, which run the gamut from romantic comedies to crime thrillers to straight dramas, have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2.6 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.

Also well-known for her megawatt toothy grin (which, thanks to excessive dental work, falls into the UncannyValley for some viewers), and her love for [[DoesNotLikeShoes going]] barefoot.

She's the sister of actor Creator/EricRoberts and the aunt of actress Creator/EmmaRoberts.

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!!Partial filmography:
* ''Film/MysticPizza'' (1988) as Daisy Arujo
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias'' (1989) as Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
* ''Film/PrettyWoman'' (1990) as Vivian Ward
* ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'' (1990) as Rachel Mannus
* ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'' (1991) as Laura Williams Burney/Sara Waters
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' (1991) as Tinkerbell
* ''Film/ThePlayer'' (1992) AsHerself
* ''Film/ThePelicanBrief'' (1993) as Darby Shaw
* ''Film/ILoveTrouble'' (1994) as Sabrina Peterson
* ''Film/PretAPorter'' (1994) as Annie Eisenhower
* ''Film/MaryReilly'' (1996) as Mary Reilly
* ''Film/MichaelCollins'' (1996) as Kitty Kieran
* ''Film/EveryoneSaysILoveYou'' (1996) as Von
* ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'' (1997) as Julianne Potter
* ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'' (1997) as Alice Sutton
* ''Film/{{Stepmom}}'' (1998) as Isabel Kelly
* ''Film/NottingHill'' (1999) as Anna Scott
* ''Film/RunawayBride'' (1999) as Maggie Carpenter
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' (2000) as Erin Brockovich
* ''Film/TheMexican'' (2001) as Samantha Barzel
* ''Film/AmericasSweethearts'' (2001) as Kiki Harrison
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' (2001) as Tess Ocean
* ''Film/MonaLisaSmile'' (2003) as Katherine Ann Watson
* ''Film/{{Closer}}'' (2004) as Anna Cameron
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully'' (2006) as Hova (voice)
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' (2007) as Joanne Herring
* ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' (2009) as Claire Stenwick
* ''Film/ValentinesDay'' (2010) as Kate Hazeltine
* ''Film/EatPrayLove'' (2010) as Elizabeth Gilbert
* ''Film/LarryCrowne'' (2011) as Mercedes Tainot
* ''Film/MirrorMirror'' (2012) as Queen Clementianna
* ''Theatre/AugustOsageCounty'' (2013) as Barbara Fordham
* ''Film/MoneyMonster'' (2016) as Patty Fenn
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!!This actress provides examples of:
* AdamWesting: In ''Ocean's Twelve'' her character Tess attempts to impersonate Julia Roberts...and badly. She also plays a fictionalized version of herself in ''Notting Hill''.
* BeautyInversion: For ''Mary Reilly'' she played a dowdy and grubby chamber maid in Victorian England.
* BigBraToFill: Much publicity came from her wearing a wonder bra to play Erin Brockovich.
* ContractualPurity: [[invoked]] Despite her most famous role being [[Film/PrettyWoman a prostitute]], Julia Roberts had a very wholesome Ingenue image. Notably the character Rachel in ''Flatliners'' was going to have blackmailed a college professor after having an affair with him - but this was changed so as not to ruin the wholesome image of the actress. But then again she's refused to do nudity, joking that she doesn't want "my algebra teacher to see what my ass looks like".
* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] ''Hook'', ''Dying Young'', ''Mary Reilly'' and ''Michael Collins'' did not do well and she'd taken a two year hiatus from acting after the first two. With ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'', she was back on track.
* CreatorBreakdown: [[invoked]] While filming ''Hook'', as her relationship to Kiefer Sutherland fell apart. She actually fled California and temporarily hid out in Ireland. Additionally while filming she had to be hospitalised for nervous exhaustion.
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: And it's a nice wide grin, too.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: A few in ''Runaway Bride'', her being the titular bride and all, but for her real-life wedding, she wore a simple pink dress.
* FakeIrish: [[invoked]] In two films in a row - ''Mary Reilly'' and ''Michael Collins''. Critics were not impressed.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Although she's been blonde and brunette as well, her most successful image is that of a redhead.
* HollywoodHypeMachine: One of the examples that did hold up. After her StarMakingRole with ''Pretty Woman'' she was hyped up considerably. Although she had a few flops in the early '90s, she became one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: When people see her in movies, they see Julia Roberts, as opposed to the characters she plays. She's seen as a wholesome good girl. The few times she's attempted to go against type -- ''Mary Reilly'', ''Mirror Mirror'', ''Michael Collins'' -- have not done well with critics.
* TheIngenue: Was typecast as a wholesome good girl - to the degree where a plot point in ''Flatliners'' was rewritten[[note]]Rachel's sin was originally going to be that she once had an affair with her college professor; in the finished film it's that she witnessed her father's suicide when he came home from Vietnam[[/note]] so as not to ruin her good girl image.
* MsFanservice: Most of her roles are this expecially ''Film/PrettyWoman''.
* ShesGotLegs: And several of her roles like to point that out.
* StatuesqueStunner: Five nine.
* TomboyishVoice: Wow, deep!
* WhenSheSmiles: Her distinct toothy grin is what she's known for. Critics joked that a Julia Roberts movie would do well depending on how often she smiled in it. Given that one of her most high profile flops ''Film/MaryReilly'' featured only two smiles - they may have been onto something. Likewise when a 9000 year old female skeleton was discovered in Bulgaria in 2004, the archaeologists named it 'Julia Roberts' because of the perfect teeth it had - and would therefore have the perfect smile, like the actress.
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