Lisa Roberts Gillan

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This article is about the actress. For the original bassist for the band Hole, see Lisa Roberts (Musician).
Lisa Roberts Gillan
Born Lisa Roberts
circa 1964-1965
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 and producer. 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 parents, Betty Lou Bredemus (1934-2015) and Walter Grady Roberts (1933-1977), one-time actors and playwrights, met while touring a production of "George Washington Slept Here" for the armed forces.[2] In 1963 they co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. Roberts' mother, became a church secretary and real estate agent, and her father, a vacuum cleaner salesman.[3] They filed for divorce in 1971 and it was finalized early in 1972.[4] Eric stayed with his father in Atlanta, estranged from his sisters.[2] Father Walter died of cancer in March 1977.[2][5] Julia and her mother, Betty, moved to Smyrna, Georgia, after the divorce.[2] In 1972, mother Betty married Michael Motes, who was abusive and often unemployed. In 1983, Betty divorced Motes, citing cruelty and stating that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life.[6] Michael Motes and Betty had a daughter in 1976,[2] Nancy Motes, who died February 9, 2014, at age 37, of an apparent suicide via drug overdose.[7]

Roberts is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent.[8][9]


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, Tom (September 15, 2003). "My Sibling, the Star". People. Retrieved 2014-02-10. ...actress Lisa Roberts Gillan, 38 ... 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Julia Roberts Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Archived from the original on 2005-12-03. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Famous Family Tree: Julia Roberts at the Wayback Machine (archived May 7, 2006)
  4. ^ "Julia: Her Life", James Spada. St Martin's Press, New York. Page 32
  5. ^ Julia Roberts Profile - Info 2 India
  6. ^ Bucktin, Christopher (2013-11-17). "Picture exclusive: Julia Roberts smiles through the terror of abusive stepfather she 'feared and despised'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Julia Robert's Swedish ancestors" in Swedish,
  9. ^ "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts" February 27, 2011, Huffington Post

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