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The ugly duckling turns into a swan! 17 Rarely Cute Photos of Julia Roberts as a Child

The vintage photos of a young Julia Roberts offer a glimpse into the early life of the iconic actress before she became a huge Hollywood star. Julia Roberts was born on October 28, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia with her parents and siblings. Her parents ran a children's acting school in Decatur, and Julia took an interest in acting from an early age.

In her childhood photos, Julia Roberts displays her trademark wide, bright smile that would later captivate audiences around the world. Her natural charisma and joyful spirit translate even through still images. It is clear Julia Roberts was destined for a career as an actress capable of taking on comedic and dramatic roles with equal aplomb. 

Julia Roberts began acting in local theater productions with her parents' acting school. At age 9, she landed her first major role in the made-for-TV film Blow Out opposite John Travolta. She dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue acting full time. She moved to New York City shortly after to launch her acting career.

Julia Roberts struggled for several years working various jobs while going to auditions. She finally got her big break in 1988 when she starred in the coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza opposite Liam Neeson. However, her breakthrough role came two years later as the charming prostitute Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere. The film was an enormous blockbuster hit, earning Julia Roberts her first Golden Globe nomination and catapulting her to A-list fame. 

From her humble beginnings performing in local theater as a child to becoming the most famous actress in Hollywood, Julia Roberts has had an extraordinary life and career. Her vintage childhood photos offer a glimpse of her precocious talent and effervescent personality that would define her persona on screen. Julia Roberts was destined for stardom from the very start, and the world has been better for it ever since this Georgia girl first shared her irresistible smile with us.

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