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Julia Roberts to receive award for San Sebastian film fest

US actress Julia Roberts, star of Hollywood blockbusters, will receive an award for her movie career at next month’s film festival in San Sebastian in northern Spain, organisers said Saturday.

Roberts will also attend the film fest to promote her latest movie “Eat Pray Love” by US director Ryan Murphy and co-starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem, which is an official entry in the competition.

“Eat Pray Love”, based on a novel of that name by Elizabeth Gilbert, is the story of a recent divorcee, played by Roberts, who travels to Italy, India and Bali, rediscovering through each place her inner peace.

The 42-year-old Roberts came to fame for her role in the 1990 movie “Pretty Woman” and spent a decade becoming one of Hollywood’s favourite box office draws and highest paid actresses.

She won an Oscar for best actress in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich”.

In recent years she has taken some time off from acting to get married and give birth to three children.

She will receive the award for her film career on September 20.

Previous winners since 1987 have included British actor Sir Ian McKellen, US actors Glenn Ford and Bette Davis, and US directors Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival runs from September 17 to 25.