There is always something simple and nice about Julia Roberts, a sort of woman you can depend on during a crisis.
But there is much more to her than that…
Her first major hit was Pretty Woman, where she played the role of a prostitute with such ease that she left a lasting impact. And as time went by she became a dependable actor, who got nominated for many awards.
She took a two-year break from films and then came back with more box office stuff. She has a brother, Eric Roberts, who is also in films.
Here are five of Julia Roberts’ earlier works which have been appreciated by audiences worldwide:
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukasis
Director: Herbert Ross
Annelle (Daryl Hannah) is hired to work in a beauty salon owned by Truvy (Dolly Parton) in Louisiana. There she meets M’Lynn (Sally Field) and her daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts). Shelby is a Type 1 diabetic who is to get married shortly. She invites the bad-tempered Louisa (Shirley MacLaine) to the wedding.
Shelby cannot have a baby because of her health and if she did it would prove fatal. But she goes ahead and has a baby but gets kidney failure after it. Then Shelby falls into a coma and problems begin.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo, Jason Alexander
Director: Gary Marshall
A business raider Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) finds himself at a red light area by mistake where he spots Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), one of Hollywood’s escorts, who helps him to get home. He asks her to be his partner for six days so that he could use her to clinch some deals.
Misunderstandings occur and prostitute Vivian wants to walk out. But she stays back and her good influence seems to be rubbing off on Edward. He gets jealous when a business associate gives her a lot of attention. Vivian falls in love with Edward too but the latter can’t commit. He offers to buy an apartment for her but she refuses. Then things take a sudden turn.
Sleeping With The Enemy (1991)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson
Director: Joseph Ruben
Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) is married to Martin (Patrick Bergin), who is an extremely possessive man who resorts to domestic violence to keep her under control. Laura tells her husband she can’t swim, then takes swimming classes and pretends to drown while both are boating. She escapes while Martin thinks she is dead.
Laura goes away to another city where she finds a drama teacher Ben (Kevin Anderson) whom she gets along with. But Martin finds her wedding ring in the toilet where Laura had thrown it before her escape. He now goes in search of Laura, seeking revenge.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, M Emmet Walsh
Director: P J Hogan
Julianne Porter (Julia Roberts), a restaurant critic, has made a pact with her friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) that they will marry each other if they don’t find a partner when 28. However, Michael finds a wealthy girl Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) and is set to get married to her.
Julianne gets jealous at that and schemes to break up things between Michael and Kimmy. She is requested to be the maid of honour which she readily accepts so that she will be closer to the couple and succeed in her mission. She manages to do some harm with her friend George (Rupert Everett) but life has its own way of delivering justice.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Mary Helgenberger, Peter Coyote
Director: Steven Soderbergh
An unemployed woman Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) with three children takes on a multinational company over water contamination. She is helped by her lawyer Ed Masry (Albert Finney) who does not make much faith in her because of forthright behaviour.
Julia gets hold a file where the multinational company trying to buy the home of Donna (Mary Helgenberger) who is suffering from tumour and they are helping her with the treatment. Erin, however, digs into the files and finds that there many people in vicinity suffering from water contamination. She takes on the multinational to get justice for the victims.