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Born: April 18, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Biloxi, Mississippi, USA Profession: Cast ...
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NOTES

Many gossip columns have noted the estrangement between Eric and his younger sister, Julia Roberts, said to be due to Julia's annoyance that Eric discussed their family background in interviews. In an interview with New York's Daily News, March 24, 1996, Roberts confirmed the tension and the reasons for it, but added, "I love her very much and go to all her movies."

In PR for "Nobody's Fool" (1986) Roberts states that "I stuttered when I was young, but in grade school I learned it would disappear whenever I memorized a line or passage."

"In the past 10 years, I've made about 30 bad movies. They were all box office bombs." --Eric Roberts in Daily News, March 24, 1996.

"Up until the late 80s, I'd been so careful with my career that I only made a movie a year, sometimes every other year. But because of some bad investments, I was not a millionaire anymore. I decided the hell with it. So I started doing everything that was offered to me. I made a slew of B-movies, like 12 or 14, and some of them are pretty terrible." --Eric Roberts to Details, April 1996.

"I was an abused child. It wasn't sexual abuse and it wasn't by a stranger. A family member used to beat me until I couldn't walk." --Eric Roberts in Daily News March 24, 1996.

In 2001, Roberts revealed the family member was his mother.

"It was only after the birth of Emma that I began to realize I wasn't the only person on the planet. I really want to be a good father and I get a lot of help from my daughter. I was visiting her yesterday and I said, 'Okay, honey, I have to go now.' And she ran in front of the door and said 'Daddy, you can go when I say it's okay.' And I went right back and sat down." --Eric Roberts in Daily News, March 24, 1996.

"['It's My Party'] is one of the three or four best movies I've ever been in--and the best movie I've been in for quite some time. The first time I saw it I cried for the last 20 minutes--and I've never cried at my own movies. I'm sobbing and I'm really embarrassed, because if anyone sees me crying at my own movie, I'll feel foolish. The lights come on, and the 12 people in the room are all crying. So I was very happy to be one of them. That last half hour works on every level." --Eric Roberts quoted in The Advocate, February 6, 1996.

"Eric has the ability to play a negative character, but he does so with such charm that you are interested in every movie he makes." --Ken Kaufman, executive producer of "The Lost Capone", a TV-movie Roberts made for TNT in 1990.

"I don't want to be a producer. I don't want to be a director. I'm an actor and I only want to be that." --Eric Roberts.

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