Julia Roberts landed her first role in 1987 and in the time since has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
She was the first woman to ask for a $US20 million salary for her Oscar-winning performance in “Erin Brockovich” and her films consistently make over $US200 million at the box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Roberts has been working for 30 years straight and her resume is jaw-droppingly impressive. With 61 acting credits to her name, including popular films like “Pretty Women” and “Notting Hill,” it’s safe to say Roberts is a Hollywood icon.
Here’s a look back at Roberts’ impressive career timeline from 1987 to now.
In 1987, Julia Roberts landed her first role.
She had one other acting credit in 1987 for the film “Firehouse.”
Roberts was in “Mystic Pizza” in 1988.
At the beginning of 1988, Roberts starred in the film “Satisfaction” alongside Justine Bateman and Liam Neeson. Technically, this was the star’s first acting credit, but the film wasn’t released until 1988.
She then landed a role in the HBO movie “Baja Oklahoma” and even appeared in an episode of “Miami Vice” before getting her first major role as Daisy in “Mystic Pizza.” This movie can be credited as putting Roberts on the scene – but not necessarily making her career.
“A lot of people went up for the movie,” Elaine Goldsmith, an agent at William Morris Agency told the LA Times about “Mystic Pizza.” “But when Julia wants something, she goes after it. Julia’s got passion. She’s very focused.”
Roberts became a star after appearing in “Steel Magnolias” in 1989.
In the film, Roberts starred alongside seasoned actors Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine, among many others. Roberts won her first Golden Globe for her role as a supporting actress in this film.
In 1990, Roberts’ career took off.
After the release of “Steel Magnolias,” Roberts’s next role was in Disney’s “Pretty Woman,” which elevated her career to superstardom. Starring alongside Richard Gere, “Pretty Woman” earned Julia Roberts her second Golden Globe. This was the launch of Roberts as the most in-demand actress in Hollywood. But Roberts said she didn’t have any idea the film would be so successful.
“People say, ‘Oh, when ‘Pretty Woman’ came out it must have really changed your life,’ and it’s kind of become this joke, but the truth is I was out of town when ‘Pretty Woman’ came out,” she said in an interview with People magazine. “I was in another movie in this tiny little town that was showing Star Wars in its first run. I remember reading… ‘Pretty Woman’ came out this weekend and made this much money’ and I thought, ‘Is that a lot of money? Is that good? Is that great?’ I didn’t really know.”
Roberts starred alongside stars like Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman in 1991.
Mike Simpson, co-head of the motion picture division of William Morris told the LA Times, “It was ‘Sleeping With the Enemy,’ though, that confirmed Julia as a box-office star.”
Roberts starred alongside Denzel Washington in 1993.
In 1993’s “The Pelican Brief,” Roberts was thrown back into the spotlight with this high-drama crime film. It was the only movie the star released in 1993.
Roberts appeared in six films between 1994 and 1996.
She also appeared in an episode of “Friends.”
In 1997, Roberts earned three Golden Globe nominations.
In 1997, Roberts starred in two movies. The first is arguably one of the greatest romantic comedies ever filmed: “My Best Friends Wedding.” She starred alongside Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz and the film earned Roberts her third Golden Globe nomination.
Roberts also appeared in a second movie in 1997 with co-star Mel Gibson in the film “Conspiracy Theory.“
In 1998, Roberts appeared in a movie with Susan Sarandon.
The years of 1999 and 2000 were arguably the peak of her career.
Roberts started 1999 off with a minor role on “Law & Order.”
In 2000, the movie that would define Roberts career was released: “Erin Brockovich.” The drama film was inspired by a true story of a woman that helped take down a multi-million dollar company in California. Roberts won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her performance. She also won her first Academy Award for portraying Erin Brockovich.
Roberts starred in nine feature films and one television documentary series from 2001 to 2004.
During this time, Hollywood Reporter reported that Roberts earned $US25 million for her role in “Mona Lisa Smile” alone.
Roberts took time off in 2005.
This is the only year since 1987 that Roberts didn’t have an acting credit to her name. Presumably, the actress took time off after having twins in 2004.
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Roberts tried voice acting in 2006.
Roberts lent her voice to Hova in “The Ant Bully” and Charlotte the spider in “Charlotte’s Web.” This was her first-time voice acting and she wouldn’t voice another animated character again until 2017.
From 2007 to 2009, Roberts starred in one film a year.
In 2007, Roberts appeared in the film “Charlie Wilson’s War” with Tom Hanks.
In 2008, she starred alongside fellow movie stars Ryan Reynolds, William Dafoe, Emily Watson and more in the intense drama “Fireflies in the Garden.“
In 2009, Roberts earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in “Duplicity,” a crime-romance-comedy film about rival spies. Roberts earned $US15 million for her role in the film, according to Hollywood Reporter.
“Eat, Pray, Love” was released in 2010.
The second film released that year was “Eat, Pray, Love,” based on the novel by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Roberts released four films between 2011 and 2013.
In 2012, she starred in the fantasy film “Mirror Mirror,” the first fairytale-like film for the star.
From 2014 to 2017 Roberts appeared in seven projects.
With seven projects released in a span of three years, Roberts hasn’t seen her career decline since her peak in the early 2000s.
“Secrets in Their Eyes” was one of the lowest nationwide openings of her career, earning just $US6.7 million.
In 2017, she voiced a Smurf in the animated film “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” and appeared in the film “Wonder” alongside Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. “Wonder” was Robert’s best solo opening since 2000.
Roberts is starring in her first TV series.
In addition to releasing the film “Ben Is Back,” 2018 was the first time Roberts starred in her own television series. Roberts will lead the psychological thriller “Homecoming,” which is an Amazon original.
The series is set to premiere on November 2 on Prime Video.
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