An Academy Award winner for Erin Brockovich, Roberts has appeared in many of Hollywood's most successful films, worked with the industry's most esteemed directors, and her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. She first came to the attention of audiences with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza. Then, with Steel Magnolias, she received her first Academy Award nomination. Her next film, Pretty Woman, was the top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy Award nomination. Her memorable performance in that film was followed by a series of notable films including Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief and Something to Talk About.
???Roberts also starred with Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan's Michael Collins, and in Woody Allen's romantic musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. In 1997, she starred in the box-office smash My Best Friend's Wedding, directed by P.J. Hogan and the Richard Donner-directed thriller Conspiracy Theory, co-starring Mel Gibson. Roberts starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus film Stepmom. In 1999, she starred in two box-office hits: Notting Hill, costarring Hugh Grant and directed by Roger Michell; and Runaway Bride, in which she reteamed with her Pretty Woman costar and director, Richard Gere and Garry Marshall.
Since 2000's Erin Brockovich, she has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and American's Sweethearts, both from Revolution Studios. She has starred in three films by director Stephen Soderbergh: Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Full Frontal. She also appeared with her Ocean's costar Brad Pitt in The Mexican, directed by Gore Verbinski. And she starred in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the directorial debut of her Ocean's costar George Clooney. She has worked with director Mike Nichols on both Closer and Charlie Wilson's War. Roberts provided the voice of Charlotte in the animated film Charlotte's Web and made her Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain. In March of 2009, Roberts starred next to Clive Owen in Duplicity, directed by Tony Gilroy. Julia appeared in Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall, released on February 12, 2010. Most recently, Julia starred in Eat, Pray, Love, based on the best-selling memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. The movie, directed by Ryan Murphy, was released in the summer of 2010.
Her latest film, Larry Crowne, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is coming out in July 2011.