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The Best and Worst of Julia Roberts

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One of Hollywood's biggest stars gives us a dozen reasons to 'eat, pray and love'By Frank PaivaSpecial to MSN MoviesJulia Roberts is a movie star in the old-school sense. Her positive energy makes her undeniably appealing. She emanates glamour both on screen and off. Her magnetic presence lights up even the dimmest films. In other words, she's slightly superhuman. Julia Roberts could probably make the final "Twilight" movie great. Or at least pleasant to sit through. Given that she's been a Hollywood mainstay for so many years, it's easy to forget she's just 42 years old. Born to a family of performers in Atlanta, Roberts planned on being a veterinarian before following brother Eric and sister Lisa to pursue acting in New York City. Odd jobs followed throughout the mid-1980s (there's an adorable clip of her with Elmo from "Sesame Street" on YouTube) before her breakthrough role in the 1988 indie "Mystic Pizza." Since then she's become one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. Roberts became the first actress in history to match the $20 million-per-movie paycheck of her top male counterparts. Her romantic life has continually fascinated the public. (She married Lyle Lovett in 1993 and has also dated Benjamin Bratt, Kiefer Sutherland and Dylan McDermott.) Finally, she's received three Oscar nominations, winning for "Eric Brockovich" in 2000. This week marks the release of her latest film, "Eat Pray Love." Based on the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, Roberts plays a disenchanted woman who goes on a trip around the world. The film was shot in India, Indonesia and Italy and is directed by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. To celebrate the movie's release, here are a dozen highlights and lowlights from Roberts' career. Each has been categorized by a word in the title: Eat, pray or love. Choose one from each group and have a mini film festival at home.
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