America’s Sweetheart, Julia Roberts, Dies at 41

July 21, 2008
Melissa Frank

“I’m just an ordinary person who has an extraordinary job,” remarked the late Julia Roberts, an actress who has starred in such movies as "Erin Brockovich," "Steel Magnolias," and "Notting Hill."

Julia Fiona Roberts, 41, died on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at her New Mexico ranch. She died after complications from a miscarriage. Roberts was four months pregnant.

Born into a family of actors on Oct. 28, 1967, Roberts decided to try acting after her brother gained success in Hollywood. Her big break was in the 1988 coming-of-age film “Mystic Pizza”.

Although her talent was originally thought to be disguised as charm, Roberts proved her acting chops in 2000 in her critically acclaimed film “Erin Brockovich.” Later that year, Robbers won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Erin Brockovich. Julia’s other successes include 1990’s “Pretty Woman” and 1999’s “Notting Hill.”

Ms. Roberts is survived by her husband, Danny Moder, and her three children, Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry Daniel.

Moviegoers and Hollywood players alike will truly miss Roberts' toothy smile and warm personality. Although Roberts died at the peak of her fame, she always thought of herself as “a girl from a little town in Georgia who had this giant, absurd dream.”

The memorial service will be held on August 25, 2008, at the Armstrong Family Malloy-Mitten Funeral Home in Los Angeles. Donations in Julia Roberts’ name can be made to the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.

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