Her next box office success was the thriller Sleeping with the Enemy, playing a battered wife who escapes her abusive husband, played by Patrick Bergin, and begins a new life in Iowa.
She played Tinkerbell in Steven Spielberg's Hook in 1991, and also played a nurse in the 1991 film, Dying Young.
For other people with the same name, see Julia Roberts (disambiguation).
For the American country music singer, see Julie Roberts.
" Over the next few years, she starred in Stephen Frears' Mary Reilly (1996), followed by My Best Friend's Wedding in 1997.
In 1998, she appeared on Sesame Street opposite the character Elmo, demonstrating her ability to change emotions.
In preparation for her role, Roberts studied Dickinson's performance by watching the original film at least seven times in order to get her part right.
In 1989, she was featured in Steel Magnolias, as a young bride with diabetes, and received both her first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) and first Golden Globe Award win (Motion Picture Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.She was offered the role of Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love (1998) but turned it down.Notting Hill (1999), with Hugh Grant, and, also in 1999, in Runaway Bride, her second film with Richard Gere.Roberts was the highest-paid actress in the world throughout most of the 1990s Her older brother, Eric Roberts, from whom she was estranged until 2004, sister Lisa Roberts Gillan, and niece Emma Roberts, are also actors.Roberts' parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing in theatrical productions for the armed forces.