Julia Roberts says the late Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bill for her birth.
The 55-year-old actress revealed the couple made the gesture as her parents couldn’t afford the fee, and said her mother and father befriended the royals while they lived in Atlanta and ran a theater school.
She told Gayle King in a clip showing her chatting with the journalist last month, now shared online by a fan: “One day Coretta called my mother and asked if her kids could be part of the school because she Children had a hard time finding a place that would take their children.
“My mom said, ‘Sure, come over,’ so they all just became friends and helped us out.”
It was reported that a Ku Klux Klan member blew up a car in front of one of Robert’s parents’ plays, Betty and Walter Roberts, in 1965 in response to King Jr.’s daughter Yolanda being cast for a role, in which she kissed a white actor.
Gayle King hailed Julia’s parents’ decision as “extraordinary” because people didn’t see how “little black kids interacted with little white kids in drama school at the time.”
Roberts celebrated her 55th birthday last Friday by sharing a selfie of herself sipping on a cup of coffee surrounded by pink and gold balloons. She captioned the photo: “Feeling the love and magic on my 55th birthday! My cup is overflowing.”
Paying tribute to her husband Danny Moder and their life with their children, 17-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and son Henry, 15, she said: “The life I’ve built with my husband is [and] The life we built with our children, that’s the best. To come home to them triumphant at the end of the day.”
Roberts now stars alongside George Clooney as the divorced couple Entrance ticket to paradise. A 2022 romantic comedy, Roberts and Clooney team up to sabotage their daughter Lilly’s upcoming wedding. The film is directed by Ol Parker and written by Parker and Daniel Pipski. Other leading roles are played by Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Maxime Bouttier and Lucas Bravo. The Oscar-winning duo have previously acted in hit films as co-stars money monster, Confessions of a Dangerous Mindand the first two ocean movies.
Entrance ticket to paradise had its world premiere in Barcelona on September 8th and was released in North America on October 21st by Universal Pictures. It has grossed $119 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.