America’s Pretty Woman and Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, Julia Roberts is a fascinating study in contradictions. She evokes sexiness and innocence all in single glance. She can be outgoing and funny one moment, shy and sad the next.

Writer and long-time entertainment broadcaster Colin MacLean captures the remarkable life and personality that, in all its complexity, is Julia Roberts. He chronicles her meteoric rise to stardom following the release of the film Pretty Woman and her numerous and sometimes notorious off-screen romances with such co-stars as Liam Neeson and Dylan McDermott.

For Roberts, life has been a roller coaster. She has starred in films that were complete failures, right alongside such memorable cinema as Erin Brockovich and The Pelican Brief. Her private life has been lived out in a goldfish bowl, from her almost-first marriage to actor Kiefer Sutherland to her new starring role as the mother of twins.

In Julia’s own words and those of friends and critics who have shared the ride with her, we learn about her soaring career following a troubled childhood. What emerges is a portrait of someone of great talent, who is both tough as well as vulnerable.