Lisa Roberts Gillan

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Lisa Roberts Gillan
Born Lisa Roberts
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Tony Gillan (?-present)
Family Eric Roberts (brother)
Julia Roberts (sister)
Emma Roberts (niece)

Lisa Roberts Gillan (born Lisa Roberts; circa 1964-1965)[1] is an American actress. She is the sister of actors Eric Roberts and Julia Roberts, and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Decatur, Georgia. Her mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent, and her father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman.[2] Roberts's parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia; the two divorced in 1971.[3] Her mother later married Michael Motes and had a daughter, Nancy Motes, who died on Feb. 9, 2014, at age 37.[4] Roberts' father died of cancer when she was 10.[citation needed]


She has had roles in such films as I Love Trouble (1994), Something to Talk About (1995), Runaway Bride (1999), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and Raising Helen (2004). She produced the film Nothing to Lose (1997) in which she played a small role; other actors were Adrien Brody and Tony Gillan. She also had a guest role in the TV-series Friends in an episode that guest-starred her sister, Julia Roberts. In the 2011 movie Mirror Mirror, based on the story of Snow White, she played Julia Roberts' reflection in a magic mirror.

Personal life[edit]

Gillan was maid of honor at Julia Roberts' wedding to Lyle Lovett.[1] She is married to actor Tony Gillan.[1]


Year Film Role Other notes
1988 To Heal A Nation Questioner
1994 I Love Trouble Kim's Friend
1995 Nothing to Lose Linda
Something to Talk About Kitty
Friends Cathy TV episode "The One After the Superbowl: Part 2"
1996 The Call Back Judy
1999 Law & Order Madelyn Bishop TV episode "Tabula Rasa"
Runaway Bride Elaine from Manhattan
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Simmons TV episode "Countdown"
100 Centre Street Mrs. Gayley TV episode "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
2002 Sex and the City Shower Guest (uncredited) TV episode "A 'Vogue' Idea"
Grand Champion Miss Robinson
Maid in Manhattan Cora
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Miss Albini
2004 Raising Helen Zoo Reporter
2007 Queen Supreme Alona TV episode "Words That Wound"
2010 Eat Pray Love Woman in Play
2012 Mirror Mirror Queen's Reflection


  1. ^ a b c Gliatto (September 15, 2003). "My Sibling, the Star first= Tom". People. Retrieved 2014-02-10. "...actress Lisa Roberts Gillan, 38 ..." 
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  3. ^ "Julia Roberts Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  4. ^ Dillon, Nancy; Cristina Everett. "Julia Roberts’ half-sister Nancy Motes found dead from reported suicide: Family says cause was 'apparent drug overdose'". Daily News (New York City). Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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