Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress and producer. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman in 1990, which grossed $464 million worldwide. After winning two Golden Globe Awards and also receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich in 2000.
Additional credits include: Flatliners, Mary Reilly (with John Malkovich), The Pelican Brief, My Best Friend's Wedding, Conspiracy Theory (with Patrick Stewart), Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Ocean's Eleven (and it's sequel Ocean's Twelve), Charlie Wilson's War, Valentine's Day, Eat Pray Love and Mirror Mirror (with Sean Bean) have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2.6 billion, making her one of the most successful actresses in terms of box office receipts. In 2013, she appeared in August: Osage County (with Ewan McGregor), for which she received her fourth Academy Award nomination.
Roberts was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping The Hollywood Reporter's annual "power list" of top-earning female stars from 2005 to 2006. Her fee for 1990's Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in 2003's Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2010, Roberts's net worth was estimated to be $140 million. She has been named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2011, she was named one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" by Men's Health.
In his book Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, Mike discusses how he tried and failed to understand the appeal of My Best Friend's Wedding since he just thought it would be so much cooler if Julia Roberts was in an action movie as a secret agent causing explosions.