Movie Star: Julia Roberts

Great looks, box-office clout, Oscar-certified talent and a tempestuous love life make her the reigning Queen of Hollywood

Never had we imagined that the smile could get any bigger. But it did last March, on Oscar night. She accepted her award and the lips parted from ear to ear, from sea to shining sea, even as her memory grew dim. In her now infamous, rambling, exuberant, makes-for-great-television acceptance speech, she unfortunately failed to thank, among others, the real Erin Brockovich, the legal eagle whose fight for justice had inspired the movie that brought the star to the podium. Not even the desperate time signals from orchestra conductor Bill Conti could slow her down. "I was having an existential moment,"...

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