Julia Roberts reveals why she passed on 'Sleepless in Seattle'

Julia Roberts reveals why she passed on 'Sleepless in Seattle'

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Julia Roberts said she "couldn't" play the lead in "Sleepless in Seattle" even though she was offered the part.
Veronica Linares
'The Girlfriend Experience' to receive television series on Starz

'The Girlfriend Experience' to receive television series on Starz

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) --A television series based on Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" is in the works at Starz, and will focus on the world of "GFE" prostitutes.
Annie Martin
Julia Roberts to receive Hollywood Film Award

Julia Roberts to receive Hollywood Film Award

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Julia Roberts is to be presented with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her work in the film "August: Osage County," organizers announced Wednesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Erin Brockovich-Ellis apologizes for arrest

Erin Brockovich-Ellis apologizes for arrest

LAS VEGAS, June 10 (UPI) -- Erin Brockovich-Ellis, whom Julia Roberts won an Oscar for playing in 2000, has apologized for her weekend boating-while-intoxicated arrest in Nevada.
Erin Brockovich-Ellis accused of boating while intoxicated

Erin Brockovich-Ellis accused of boating while intoxicated

LAS VEGAS, June 9 (UPI) -- Erin Brockovich-Ellis, who Julia Roberts won an Oscar for playing in a 2000 film, was arrested for allegedly boating while intoxicated on Nevada's Lake Mead.

Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign tops $1M in donations

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor-director Zach Braff's Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for a new film topped $1 million in pledge funds on its first day Wednesday.
Gyllenhaal, Barnz: 'Won't Back Down' doesn't bash teachers' union

Gyllenhaal, Barnz: 'Won't Back Down' doesn't bash teachers' union

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Barnz adamantly deny their new film "Won't Back Down" bashes U.S. public-school teachers and the unions that represent them.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Train spill ruled out in teens' illness

LE ROY, N.Y., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- An environmental investigator ruled a chemical spill from a 1970 train derailment did not cause a strange illness affecting teenagers at a New York high school.

Pinsky, Brockovich probe Leroy sickness

LEROY, N.Y., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosts a cable TV show, says he has joined Erin Brockovich to help find out why 17 LeRoy, N.Y., teens have Tourette's-like symptoms.
DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Danny DeVito is to make his West End debut in the London stage production of Neil Simon's play "The Sunshine Boys," producers said.

Brockovich, Gibbs question hysteria claim

LEROY, N.Y., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Activists Erin Brockovich and Lois Gibbs say New York officials might have prematurely ruled out environmental reasons for teens having neurological symptoms.
Soderbergh settles paternity suit

Soderbergh settles paternity suit

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- The mother of Steven Soderbergh's 5-month-old daughter has settled her paternity suit against the married filmmaker, the Australian woman's lawyer said.
Soderbergh retiring from film

Soderbergh retiring from film

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood film director Steven Soderbergh says his next two movies will be his last.

PG&E offers to buy chromium homes

HINKLEY, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Pacific Gas & Electric wants to buy out about 100 homeowners in Hinkley, Calif., the waste-contaminated hamlet made famous by Erin Brockovich, a spokesman says.
Page 1 of 6
Erin Brockovich
WAP2001081609 - 16 AUGUST 2001 - WASHINGTON, D. C. USA: Erin Brockovich. director of environmental research at Masry and Vititoe law firm as she appears at a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon in Washington, August 16, 2001. rw/Ricardo Watson UPI

Erin Brockovich-Ellis (born June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, or any legal education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Since the release of the film that shares her story and name, she has hosted Challenge America with Erin Brockovich on ABC and Final Justice on Zone Reality. She is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting, a consulting firm. She is currently working as a consultant for Girardi & Keese on the east coast, the New York law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, which has a focus on personal injury claims for asbestos exposure, and Shine Lawyers in Australia.

She was born Erin L. E. Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas to Frank Pattee, an industrial engineer and Betty Jo O'Neal-Pattee, a journalist. She attended Lawrence High School then Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and graduated with an Associate in Applied Arts Degree from Wades Business College in Dallas, Texas. She worked as a management trainee for Kmart in 1981 but quit after a few months and entered some potentially lucrative beauty pageants. After winning Miss Pacific Coast in 1981, she gave up pageant life. She has lived in California since 1982.

Brockovich received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and was Commencement Speaker at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on May 5, 2007. She also received an honorary Bachelor's degree from Jones International University and an honorary JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Erin Brockovich."
Most Popular
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
Vanessa Hudgens reunites with 'High School Musical' cast
Ukraine warns of "full-scale war"
Oregon girl dies at beach after sand pit collapse
Kate Beckinsale joined by Lucas Till in 'The Disappointments Room'