People Staff
July 18, 1991 12:00 PM

Julia Roberts: Actress 23

The mouth is too big. The nose flares. A slight horsiness infects the laugh. But the sum of the parts do not add up to Mr. Ed but rather to a Botticelli goddess, traipsing naively through spring or peeking coyly out of a half shell. The producer of her current film, Dying Young, Kevin McCormick, calls her a “blue-collar Audrey Hepburn.” Adds Eileen Ford, the fashion-model maven: “She is one of the few new great beauties. She doesn’t look like she’s been dragged through the mud like a lot of them now do.” This year she has been putting down roots—with Kiefer Sutherland, 24—and changing her roots. Dying her auburn hair blond, she went to work on Hook, an update of the Peter Pan legend by Steven Spielberg, the Peter Pan of moviemaking. She could be the perfect Tinker Bell. Fresh, buoyant, sensuous, Roberts has just enough of the pixie in her to make anyone believe in fairy tales.

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