Monday 22 December 2014

Pretty Woman's troubled half sister found dead after overdose

Bonnie Malkin

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

Julia Roberts' half-sister was found dead in her home on Sunday
Julia Roberts' half-sister was found dead in her home on Sunday

The troubled half-sister of Julia Roberts has been found dead in an LA bathroom from a suspected drug overdose, after apparently criticising the Oscar-winning actress in a series of tweets.

Nancy Motes (37), who fought a long battle against obesity and depression, had claimed the Hollywood star was "cruel" and "not even that good of an actress" in tweets that disappeared from her account after they were made public.

"Just so you all know 'America's Sweetheart' is a b––!" she wrote on January 19 in a reference to Roberts' starring role in the 2001 film of the same name.

Ms Motes previously worked as a production assistant on 'Glee', the television show, in a job that Roberts reportedly helped her to find. She was working as a pet-sitter at the time of her death.

Ms Motes, who was found dead by her fiance John Dilbeck, previously claimed that Roberts (46) taunted her about her weight and that she had been rejected by her own family.

"When I was in high school and she was an adult, she would just let me know that I was definitely overweight," she said last year. "It just makes me feel incredibly hurt and very sad."

Roberts, who won an Oscar for best actress for her performance in 'Erin Brockovich' in 2000 and has been nominated in the best-supporting category this year for 'August: Osage County', cancelled a series of high-profile events to promote the new film.

Ms Motes and Roberts had the same mother, but different fathers.

Ms Motes had spoken in the past of her struggle with obesity and the pressures of being in a family of famous actors. In an interview last year, she said she felt like an embarrassment to Roberts.

Irish Independent

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