Julia Roberts celebrated her 50th birthday in what may be considered an unconventional manner. In the middle of an off-the-grid getaway, however, her husband, Danny Moder, was able to orchestrate a surprise. And as a result, he left the actress genuinely stunned.
Roberts had lived quite the life before she reached her half-century, though. Just three days after she turned the tassel on her high school mortarboard, she was ready to become a star; to that end, then, in 1985 she moved from her hometown of Smyrna, Georgia, to New York City.
But while Roberts was quickly picked up by an agent, the teenager had little acting experience. She also had an intense Southern accent that had to go. And although, with the help of a speech coach, the future Academy Award winner conquered the latter hurdle, she would learn how to act, as she told the Los Angeles Times in 1991, “on the job.”