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Tom: Whoa, secret wedding. Julia Roberts pulled the same move.
Ron: Is that that toothy girl from Mystic Pizza?

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 Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, she snagged a Best Actress Oscar in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. 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 Uncanny Valley for some viewers), and her love for going barefoot.

She's the younger sister of actor Eric Roberts and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts.


Partial filmography:


This actress provides examples of:

  • Adam Westing: 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.
  • Beauty Inversion: For Mary Reilly she played a dowdy and grubby chamber maid in Victorian England.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Much publicity came from her wearing a wonder bra to play Erin Brockovich.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot in a lot of her movies.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: And it's a nice wide grin, too.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: A few in Runaway Bride, her being the titular bride and all, but for her real-life wedding, she wore a simple pink dress.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Although she's been blonde and brunette as well, her most successful image is that of a redhead.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: One of the examples that did hold up. After her Star-Making Role 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.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: 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.
  • The Ingenue: Was typecast as a wholesome good girl - to the degree where a plot point in Flatliners was rewrittennote  so as not to ruin her good girl image.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: invoked Roberts has described herself as "an ordinary woman with an extraordinary job", and proudly admits she came to Hollywood simply to make mindless, fun, escapist popcorn films. This naturally attracts the ire of many high-brow film critics, but nevertheless, the woman is a juggernaut at what she does.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most of her roles are this, especially Pretty Woman.
  • Rule of Fun: This, as opposed to logic, tends to drive her films.
  • She's Got Legs: And several of her roles like to point that out.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Her movies are typically very idealistic, but some have interpreted strangely misanthropic and even nihilistic vibes from them.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9".
  • Tomboyish Voice: Wow, deep! And often guttural.
  • When She Smiles: 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 Mary Reilly 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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