Julia Roberts Suffered From Speech Disorder And Fear Of Public, But She Defied The Odds And Became One Of The Highest-Paid Actresses

Date May 16, 2019

Notably, a lot of people suffer from stuttering, which may be one of the main obstacles to various activities. It is deemed to be a speech disorder, and thus, there are some ways to fix it. 

People who stutter know what they want to say and which words/phrases to use in a given situation, but they simply cannot speak all of them correctly out loud. Ruefully, stuttering can affect interpersonal interaction, job performance, career opportunities, self-esteem, and quality of life as a whole. 

It was impossible until it became the aspiration

We still remember hot, young, and attractive Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, featuring Richard Gere. 

It turned out that the actress had a strong fear of public speaking alongside stuttering. Who would have thought about the disorder after such movies? It is known that speech disorder becomes even worse when a sufferer experiences fright in the public eye. 


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Julia's elder brother Eric also was a stutter: while he was pretty frank and open about the disorder, Julia kept the low profile. When the Hollywood female star decided to support the Stuttering Foundation of America, she candidly opened up about her experience. 


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Roberts revealed she successfully overcame stuttering with the help of speech therapy; also, achieving fluid speech helped her become confident as a public speaker later. 


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Amid everything, Julia Roberts defied the odds and became one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. 

Other celebrities

We often envy Hollywood stars as they seem determined, passionate, and open-minded about everything, forgetting they are also people and had or have some life issues. 

For instance, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Biden, James Earl Jones, and Marilyn Monroe were all stutters! All of them were afraid of so many things and suffer from a correct speech, but their dreams were bigger than this disorder!


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Refusing to let her fears dictate her life choices, Julia Roberts is a remarkable example of endeavoring to persevere. She sought the help she really wanted and needed, and overcame everything with incredible tenacity.

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