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).
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 well known for starring in the films Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Mona Lisa Smile, among many others.
Julia’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; his ancestry included English, as well as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French. Julia’s maternal grandfather was of half German and half Swedish ancestry. Julia’s maternal grandmother also had English, Scottish, and other German ancestry.
Julia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). 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 Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl E. Ogle). 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). 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 Swedish parents, 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). James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth Hymer. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin Hutchings and Ellen Matkin/Matkins or Greenlee.
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
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