Interview: JULIA ROBERTS - FRONTAL ASSAULT; JULIA ROBERTS' LOVE LIFE IS IN TROUBLE AGAIN, ECLIPSING HER NEW MOVIE. BY ALUN PALMER
Byline: ALUN PALMER
Being Julia Roberts certainly can't be easy. She's the highest paid actress in history raking in around pounds 15m per movie, frequently tops the Hollywood power lists, has perfect cover girl looks and the world-wide adulation of an army of fans. Yet for all her trappings of fame and success, Roberts' private life has been a source of constant turmoil and anguish.
Rumour has it that her latest marriage, to cameraman Danny Moder, is over before the their first wedding anniversary, due on July 4. Reports of rows have spread like wildfire around Los Angeles and last year, just four weeks after their marriage on Julia's New Mexico ranch, he failed to show for the US premiere of Full Frontal which is released here today. He was, friends said, uncomfortable with sharing the limelight with his internationally recognised spouse.
The final straw, it is said, came with his non-appearance at this year's Oscars ceremony. Roberts, 35, was to present the Best Cinematography statuette and wanted to show off her new husband. He, however, was having none of it and refused to attend.
Friends of Moder, 34, have been whispering darkly that Georgia-born Roberts has told her new hubby that he can only work on her films. Divorce lawyers are said to be drawing up the settlement before a full public statement is made.
As Hollywood marriage meltdowns go, it is par for the course but, for Roberts, it seems as if we've been here before. She was just 23 when she became a household name thanks to Pretty Woman in 1990. The previous year, she'd been briefly engaged to her Steel Magnolias co-star Dylan McDermott and enjoyed flings with former pop star Billy Idol and John Kennedy Jnr. She then signed up to star in Flatliners and met Kiefer Sutherland.
Within weeks they were engaged and wedding plans were being drawn up but, just before her big day, she fled to Ireland as the relationship disintegrated.
After dumping Sutherland she ran away with his friend Jason Patric which led to a barrage of lurid tabloid headlines. Next, she met country singer Lyle Lovett and it seemed she'd found true love at last. They married in June 1993 with Julia - who, ironically, later in her career starred in The Runaway Bride - saying, "He is the man I was born to love". …