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Julia: Her Life

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Julia Roberts represents a return to the glamour of the great Hollywood stars of another era. Fans flock to her movies, and she's a staple cover subject of People magazine and every entertainment show imaginable, but her real life has only been seen in tabloid glimpses until now. James Spada has gone back to Julia's beginnings in Athens, Georgia to unearth fascinating fact ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published February 1st 2004)
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Jul 02, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
I went into reading this wondering what she was like, but not being a big fan of her work either way. She had a rough childhood, but she sounds like the most self-obsessed greedy woman. The story ends with her 2nd marriage, but before she has children. The way she threw away her relationships and chased other men was kind of pathetic. The stuff I read in the book was pretty matter of fact so doubtfully made up and probably factual.
Apr 12, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it
I was cleaning my parents' house and found this book. I was so excited- I read it on my honeymoon. Julia is one of my favorite actresses- I think I own almost all of her movies. She is a cosummate professional, funny, and during interviews she appears down to earth and grateful for her celebrity. The book was well written and flowed well. I remember taking only 2 days to read all over 400 pages.
Mar 16, 2016 Christa rated it it was ok
Does a good job of painting Julia Roberts in a realistic light, I think. There's a lot of unflattering stuff in here (especially with regards to her romantic life and her relationship with her now-estranged brother), but I think that helps to frame her as a person with flaws and not like a god-like celebrity. Man, what a life hers has been.
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May 13, 2016 Jeri Schille rated it it was ok
I enjoy biographies and this was available on audio books through my library to listen to while I quilted..... Not sure I would have finished it if I had to sit down and read it.
Jun 11, 2012 David rated it it was ok
Underlying story is of course interesting -- estrangement from her actor big brother Eric, last-minute cancellation of wedding to Kiefer Sutherland, surprise wedding with Lyle Lovett, numerous affairs with her leading men, quick rise to superstardom followed by taking a lot of time off.......

..........but as a book, it isn't great. He's not a film critic, and the depth of commentary on her movies isn't much. Yes, she has a beautiful smile, but beyond that, what is she doing that made her a huge
Dec 01, 2012 Peg rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I didn't finish this book. I'm learning that the biographies of celebrities is boring to me because most of it is about the movies they've made. I'm more interested in their personal lives. It would be a really good read for someone interested in everything pertaining to their movies.
Spada presents an objective look at the life of Julia Roberts from her early years to her rise to superstardom. It's an interesting book, and the reader will learn about the private life behind the glamorous public image.
Jun 22, 2013 Daisygirl825 rated it did not like it
so boring, did not finish
Jan 29, 2009 Kirsten rated it it was ok
Guilty pleasure.
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As a thirteen-year-old kid in Staten Island, James Spada started the first Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fan Club. He produced four bulletins and one yearbook a year for four years, when he had to disband the club due to lack of money.

In college he founded EMK: The Edward M. Kennedy Quarterly, and worked as an intern in Senator Kennedy’s Boston office in 1970.

At 23 his first book, Barbra: The First Deca
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