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Born October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty and Walter Roberts. Her
parents divorced when she was four and her father died when she was nine. Right
after high school, Roberts joined her sister in New York City and began
modeling. Her brother Eric was already established as an actor.
In 1988, Roberts made a guest appearance on Miami Vice and that same year she
made her film debut in Mystic Pizza. She followed up with a supporting role in
the ensemble drama Steel Magnolias, costarring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and
Shirley MacLaine. Her performance as the doomed young bride earned Roberts a
Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Roberts made the leap to superstardom the following year, with her star turn
as a Hollywood Boulevard prostitute who falls in love with her business mogul
client in the smash hit Pretty Woman, co-starring Richard Gere. She garnered
another Golden Globe and another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress.
By the time she appeared as herself in The Player, Roberts was one of the most
sought after actresses in Hollywood. Fans adored her sweetness and infectious
Roberts began a series of high-profile romantic relationships in 1991 when
she was engaged to actor Kiefer Sutherland. Shortly before the scheduled
wedding, the couple broke up, and Roberts was soon seen with actor Jason Patric.
In 1993, Roberts married singer Lyle Lovett after a whirlwind courtship.
However, the couple never lived together and were divorced less than two years
later, though they have remained good friends.
Roberts, seeking to avoid typecasting, sought roles in more dramatic films,
but audiences didn\'t flock to The Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Ready to Wear
and Mary Reilly. She also appeared in the Woody Allen musical Everyone Says I
Love You, as Allen\'s object of desire.
Roberts returned to her romantic-comedic form with 1997\'s My Best Friend\'s
Wedding, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her next two films,
Conspiracy Theory, with Mel Gibson, and Stepmom, costarring Susan Sarandon and
Ed Harris, both did respectable business.
Roberts\' "comeback" was confirmed in 1999 with the success of the
sweet romantic comedy Notting Hill, which also marked a return of sorts for
costar Hugh Grant. Further cementing her reign as the queen of the box office,
Roberts reteamed with Gere and her Pretty Woman director, Garry Marshall, for
another hit romantic comedy, Runaway Bride.
For her next big role, in Erin Brockovich, directed by Steven Soderbergh and
costarring Albert Finney, Roberts commanded $20 million, making her the
highest-paid actress in Hollywood. She earned every penny of her colossal
salary, however, leading the film to a $125 million box office gross and winning
almost every major critics\' award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actor\'s Guild
Award for Best Actress. The true story of a single mother who joins the staff of
a law office and ends up taking on a corporate giant in a multimillion dollar
lawsuit, Erin Brockovich garnered five Academy Award nominations, including a
seemingly inevitable Best Actress nod for Roberts.
In early 2000, Forbes magazine ranked Roberts No. 1 on its Celebrity 100
"power" list-denoting the most total media coverage-and No. 12 on its
"money" list. Her upcoming projects include the romantic comedy The
Mexican, costarring Brad Pitt; the star-studded remake of the Rat Pack classic
Ocean\'s Eleven, also featuring Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon; and
America\'s Sweethearts, costarring John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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