“Oh wait…I'm not a Roberts?” she exclaimed.
While she was on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” on Wednesday, January 11, Julia Roberts learned the true identity of her ancestors.
In front of her, the historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. first mentioned an inconsistency concerning the great-great-grandfather of the actress, Willis Roberts.
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The latter had married the great-great-grandmother of Julia Roberts, Rhoda Suttle, in 1850. However, Willis Roberts died in 1864, ten years before the birth of the great-grandfather of the actress.
According to Henry Louis Gate Jr., Julia Roberts would actually descend from a man named Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr. “So, we are Mitchells?” Asked the heroine of
To which the host replied: “You are not Roberts, biologically speaking”.
“I prefer the name Roberts!”
According to the historian, Henry Mitchell Jr., already the father of six children, would have had an affair with Rhoda Suttle Roberts, who lived “four houses” from that of her mother.
The two lovers would have given birth to the great-grandfather of the actress.
Before we lost all trace of Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr., in the late 1800s. "Wow", simply launched Julia Roberts.
Before continuing: “On the one hand, I am amazed.
And it's fascinating.
On the other hand, there is a part of me which, once the surprise has subsided, clings to the idea that my family is my family.
And I prefer the name Roberts!”
A week earlier, Edward Norton learned on the air that he was the descendant of Pocahontas.
But also that he had a common ancestor with Julia Roberts.
“So why didn't I inherit his teeth and his smile?” joked the comedian, handsome player.
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