There’s no denying that Julia Roberts is America’s sweetheart. She’s a phenomenal actress with a heart of gold. She’s made us laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. Roberts looks equally at home when she’s glammed up for the red carpet or dressed down in jeans and a t-shirt for a backyard barbecue. Whether she’s singing in a bathtub full of bubbles or waiting tables in a tiny pizzeria, her smile lights up the screen and melts our hearts.
Julia Roberts: Who is this pretty woman?
The award-winning actress was born in the pretty little town of Smyrna, Georgia. Her parents, Betty Lou Bredemus and Walter Grady Roberts, were also actors. The couple worked with aspiring actors and writers when Roberts was a little girl, but divorced in 1971.
Roberts loved animals, and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian one day. By the time she graduated from high school, however, she had other ideas. Both her brother and sister were pursuing acting careers, and Roberts decided to try her hand at the family business.
In 1988, movie-goers everywhere fell in love with the young and fiery Daisy in Mystic Pizza. Roberts’ performance in this quirky 80s film made her stand out in a way that few other actors ever do. This talented newcomer had incredible charm, plucky wit, and an infectious laugh. Add in the girl-next-door beauty, and she became purely unstoppable.
The following year found Roberts sharing the big screen with Sally Field in Steel Magnolias. In 1991, she played everyone’s favorite call-girl in Pretty Woman. The delightful romantic comedy cemented Roberts’ place as a leading lady in Hollywood.
In 2001, Roberts finally won an Academy Award (despite being nominated for both Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman) for her outstanding performance in the legal drama, Erin Brockovich.
The film portrayed the true story of a single mother who helped expose a utility company for poisoning the groundwater of a small California town. Erin Brockovich marked another milestone for Roberts, when she became the first woman to earn a $20 million salary for a film.
In addition to having a stellar professional career, Roberts also has a beautiful family. The actress met her husband Daniel Moder on the set of The Mexican, and they married two years later. The cozy couple is still as happy as ever, sharing a wonderful life with their three children–twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, and Henry.
Roberts’ megawatt smile could light up a city
Roberts is renowned for one gorgeous characteristic. It isn’t the flowing red hair, or the mile-long legs, or even the bubbly laugh–it’s that dazzling smile. She definitely embodies that old phrase about a smile lighting up a room. In fact, her smile could probably light up a whole city.
When you have a trait as valuable as that killer smile, you want to protect it. Roberts’ has done just that–her iconic smile is covered. Covered by a whopping $30 million insurance policy!
You might think it sounds crazy to spend such a fortune insuring a body part. Of course, for us everyday folks it would be nuts, but it’s actually quite common in Hollywood. Roberts is just one of many celebrities who are protecting their assets with an impressive insurance policy.
They insured what?!?!
From smiles to legs to butts, body parts in Hollywood are quite valuable. Let’s start off with a real jaw-dropper–Mariah Carey’s legs were once insured for $1 billion. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has a colossal $144 million policy on his legs. His buddy, David Beckham, comes next on the leg list at a staggering $70 million.
Female celebrities seem to put a high price on their butts and breasts. Jennifer Lopez’s trademark buttocks are worth $27 million, while Kylie Minogue insures hers for a cool $5 million. As far as the upper portion of the body goes, Madonna leads the pack by insuring her breasts for $2 million. Country legend Dolly Parton insures her famous assets for $600,000.
Some male celebrities have chosen very interesting body parts to insure. Jimmy Durante (the guy who sings “Frosty the Snowman), insures his famously large nose for $50,000. Interestingly enough, his nickname is “Schnozzola.” Food critic Egon Ronay can’t do his job without his taste buds–so he’s protecting them to the tune of $400,000. Former NFL player Troy Polamalu loves his luscious mane–loves it enough to cover it for $1 million.