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Julia Roberts: Money Makes Money

Sunday, 07 November 2010

Julia RobertsA few people know that Julia Roberts was literally programmed for commercial success. This is probably wouldn't do justice to the acting talents of the Hollywood diva, but Roberts' name is hardly associated with the prestigious awards she received such as the Golden Globe and Oscar. Apart from her roles and dazzling smile, she is known as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter's annual power list of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2006, and the first Hollywood actress to be paid $20 million for a movie. However, as it turns out even one of her first movies, «Pretty Woman», which brought Roberts fame and recognition, was initially called «$ 3000». Say what you like, but money makes money.

Julia Roberts made her film debut playing a supporting role with her brother, Eric, in «Blood Red» (she has just two words of dialogue), which, although filmed in 1987, was not released until 1989. Roberts first caught the attention of moviegoers with her performance in the independent film «Mystic Pizza» in 1988; that same year, she had a role in the fourth season finale of «Miami Vice». And while Roberts began her acting career as «Eric Roberts' baby sister», she soon became known for her own achievements and today, as for the last 20 years, her brother Eric has had to put up with being «Julia Roberts' older brother».

Traditionally, Roberts started at the bottom of the Hollywood career ladder, her first significant fee $ 50,000 for the role in 1988 indie movie «Mystic Pizza». However, the following year, she was featured in «Steel Magnolias» as a young bride with diabetes and got her first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) for her performance and her acting fee rose significantly. Roberts became known to worldwide audiences when she co-starred with Richard Gere in the Cinderella story «Pretty Woman» in 1990. Roberts won the role after the first two choices for the part, Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan, both turned it down. The role also earned her a second Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress. Her fee for «Pretty Woman» was $300,000.

Phenomenal box office success of «Pretty Woman» has changed everything for Roberts. She quickly became one of the Hollywood A-listers with the seven figure fee. Her next box office success was the thriller «Sleeping with the Enemy», playing a battered wife who escapes her demented husband and begins a new life. This movie brought Roberts her first million dollars. She played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's «Hook» in 1991 ($7 million), and also played a nurse in the 1991 film «Dying Young» (3 million). This work was followed by a two-year hiatus, during which she made no films other than a cameo appearance in Robert Altman's «The Player» (1992).

In 1993, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in the successful «The Pelican Brief», based on the John Grisham novel. In 1995 she appeared in season 2 of «Friends». Over the next few years, she starred in a series of films that were critical and commercial failures, such as Stephen Frears' «Mary Reilly» (1996), though for Roberts it was successful - she got past $10 million mark. However, the actress overcame these failures with the commercial and critical success of «My Best Friend's Wedding» ($12 million) in 1997. In 1999, she starred with Hugh Grant in the film «Notting Hill» ($15 million). That same year, she also starred in «Runaway Bride», her second film with Richard Gere, that brought her $17 million.

In 2001, Roberts received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, who helped wage a successful lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric and was the first actress ever to be paid $20 million for a role. Roberts teamed up with «Erin Brockovich» director Steven Soderbergh for three more films: «Ocean's Eleven» (2001), «Full Frontal» (2002), and «Ocean's Twelve» (2004). Later in 2001, she starred in the road gangster comedy «The Mexican» (another $20 million). In 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in «Mona Lisa Smile». As of 2009, Roberts's net worth was estimated to be $140 - 150 million.

Roberts's films have grossed over $2.3 billion at the American box office, making her the highest grossing female movie star. She was placed at the pinnacle of the Ulmer Scale, a comprehensive guide to the global star power of actors and directors in independent and studio films created by James Ulmer, ahead of such other luminaries as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks.

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