Watch: Julia Roberts Audition from the 1980s

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Happy birthday, Julia Roberts! The Oscar-winning actress turns 51 years old today. Though Roberts first became popular for her roles in Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), and Pretty Woman (1990), like most actors she had a number of roles she didn’t get before becoming a superstar.

Above you can watch a video of Roberts auditioning in the mid-1980s opposite actor Alan Boyce. Some sources cite this audition as for the 1985 movie Seven Minutes in Heaven, which Boyce starred in opposite Jennifer Connolley, though it isn’t clear exactly what project this audition was for. Regardless, it’s still fascinating to watch a movie superstar before she was famous.

View the audition above!

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