America's Sweetheart Headed for Heartbreak

Julia's box-office reign may be long gone
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2009 3:51 PM CST

(Newser) – Mercy! Hollywood’s original Pretty Woman may already have her best days behind her, Ramin Setoodeh writes in Newsweek. After 5 years spent raising her children, Julia Roberts is returning to theaters in Duplicity, sporting her infectious laugh and adorably toothy smile. “But this may be the last time we see that Mona Lisa smile,” Setoodeh writes.

Roberts remains Hollywood’s most bankable female star, but the romantic comedy, her bread and butter, is on the brink of extinction, and the glint of movie stars is fading in the Hollywood sky. Worse, at age 41, Roberts is “Hollywood ancient.” Roger Ebert once compared her to a washed-up silent-film star, but, “If we're lucky, she won't go silent any time soon,” Setoodeh says.