Vanessa V. Friedman
December 17, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Julia: The Untold Story of America's Pretty Woman

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Aileen Joyce
genre
Biography, Movies

We gave it a D

There’s a tragic flaw in this would-be book of revelations about the woman who’s been called the biggest star since Marilyn Monroe: There are no revelations. Julia Roberts, it turns out, is fairly run-of-the-mill. Her problems are a lot of women’s problems, albeit writ large: She comes from a broken home; she doesn’t get along with her brother (famously emotive actor Eric Roberts). She’s very close to her mother and sisters; she’s searching for a father figure, and needs lots of love. No wonder, then, that she jumped into liaisons with Liam, Kiefer, Jason, and Daniel (who needs last names?), which were the products of her desire to make her ”happy family” dreams come true, and rushed into marriage to Lyle, which is the perfect safe union (he’s too ugly to leave her and has good, middle-American values). But what of all those juicy rumors that were floating around during Julia’s ”self-imposed exile,” those suggestions of heroin addiction and even a breakdown? Well, if you’re a Julia fan, you’ve probably already read all about those innuendos in the tabloids. So why buy the book Julia: The Untold Story of America’s Pretty Woman? And if you don’t know everything, then you probably wouldn’t consider buying the book in the first place, because you couldn’t care less about Julia Roberts. So take our advice: Stay home and hope for a rerun of Barbara Walters’ recent interview with Julia. D

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