Oscar 2019: the "Pretty Woman" actress is not on the nomination list
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Julia Roberts, the eternal “Pretty Woman”, wasn’t nominated this year for an Oscar award, to the surprise and disbelief of many. Her role as the mother of a drug-addicted in “Ben Is Back” received the most enthusiastic reviews since Erin Brockovich”, the 2000’s film for which she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress. Wendy Ide from Screen Daily, for example, wrote that “Roberts blasts through this family reunion drama-turned-thriller with one of the most forceful performances of her career”, and John DeFore stated that “she is as fierce an embodiment of maternal single-mindedness as Hedges’ last big-screen mother, played by Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.
She wasn’t the only great actress to be snubbed by the Academy; Saoirse Ronan with her performance in “Mary Queen of Scots”, and Emily Blunt with “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place”, weren’t nominated either.
Because we think she is an outstanding actress, we prepared a list of little-known facts about the talented Julia Roberts to celebrate her career:
Martin Luther King's wife paid for Julia’s birth hospital costs
One of the most successful actresses of her generation, Julia Roberts was born in Georgia, USA, but is of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German and English descent. Acting runs in her family: her parents were actors and ran an acting school for children, which the children of Martin Luther King used to attend. Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King, paid the hospital bill for Julia’s birth as a thank you for the couple's kindness with the children of the civil rights leader. A friend said that “Julia was touched and surprised when she found out. Coretta is one of the reasons Julia helps charities working with young children.”
Real life family drama
Nancy Motes, Roberts' half-sister, committed suicide by overdose at age 37 and left a letter blaming the famous actress for the tragedy. Before that, she had already made public her feelings towards her award-winning sister with several tweets accusing Roberts of being cruel among other things. The relationship whit her brother, the actor Eric Robert, was also turbulent. Eric had issues with drug and alcohol abuse, which led to a divorce from his wife, the actress Kelly Cunningham. Julia Roberts helped her sister-in-law by paying the legal fees in the custody battle over a young Emma Roberts, also an actress. Brother and sister reconciliation happened many years later, after the birth of the actress's twins babies in 2004.
She began her career as an actress in 1986 with a guest appearance on “Crime Story”. In 1988 came her big break with “Mystic Pizza”, that won her critical praises and a nomination as Best Lead Female at the Independent Spirit Awards. Her first big success was “Pretty Woman”, that won Roberts a nomination for Oscar as Best Actress. Did you know that Meg Ryan turned down the role of Vivian in the acclaimed movie?
Although Julia Roberts has been acting for more than 30 years, her small screen debut was recent in “Homecoming”, for which the actress received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance Actress in a Television Series - Drama. She did not win this time but looked fabulous on the red carpet in a Stella McCartney pale nude and black pantsuit with a tulle cape.
The “Pretty Woman’ has been named “Most Beautiful” by People’s magazine in 1991, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2017, an absolute record.
Roberts has been a regular on the Forbes’s richest women list, in 2018 she was ranked seventh. In 2001, she was the first female actress to be paid $20 million for a movie, which was what male stars like Tom Cruise and George Clooney were making at that time. As a joke, her co-stars in “Ocean’s Eleven”, Clooney and Brad Pitt, sent her a 20 dollar bill with a card saying “We heard that you get 20 per film”.
Smile worth $ 30 millions
One of Roberts’ trademarks is her dazzling smile, which is, by the way, insured for 30 million dollars. In 2004 archaeologists found in Bulgaria a 9.000-year-old skeleton of a woman that they called Julia Roberts because of the skeleton’s perfect teeth.