Birth Name: Julia Fiona Roberts
Place of Birth: Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 28, 1967
Ethnicity: English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote French
Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich (2000). Julia is also well known for starring in the films Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Mona Lisa Smile, among many others.
She is the daughter of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, who were actors and playwrights. She is the sister of actors Eric Roberts (Eric Anthony Roberts) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts, who is Eric’s daughter. Julia is married to cinematographer Daniel Moder, with whom she has three children.
Julia’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; her ancestry includes English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French.
Julia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). Walter was born in Georgia. John was the son of Rhoda/Rodie Suttles. Jimmie was the daughter of Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie”.
Julia’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice M. Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl E. Ogle). Beatrice was born in Georgia. William was the son of William Beal and Leana/Emma Moninger. Pearl was the daughter of Sanford Allen Ogle and Mary/Mollie E. Colburn.
Julia’s maternal grandfather was Wendell John Bredemus (the son of John Math/Mathias/Matheus/Mathews Bredemus and Elin Maria “Eleanor” Johansdotter/Johnson). Wendell was born in Minnesota. Julia’s great-grandfather John was the son of Mathias/Mathew Bredemus, who was German, and of Elizabeth Steffens/Stevens, who was of German descent. Elin was Swedish, born in By församling, Värmlands län, Sweden, the daughter of Johan/John Jansson/Johnson and Emma Kristina Carlsdotter/Karlsdotter.
Julia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Billingsley (the daughter of James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings). Elizabeth was born in Indiana. James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth Hymer/Hyner. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin/Dalphin Hutchings and Ellen Greenlee or Matkin/Matkins.
Sources: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Julia’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandfather, John Pendleton Roberts – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandmother, Pearl E. Ogle (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Marriage record of Julia’s maternal great-grandparents, James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings – https://familysearch.org
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