• Publication date: October 5, 2009

Can Two Social Opposites Attract? Hollywood Diva Meets English Bookworm

Oscar nominated and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts portrays Anna Scott in 1999�s �Notting Hill,� a world famous American actress struggling to find a true love while battling paparazzi � a role Roberts is undoubtedly familiar with herself.

Oscar nominated and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts portrays Anna Scott in 1999�s �Notting Hill,� a world famous American actress struggling to find a true love while battling paparazzi � a role Roberts is undoubtedly familiar with herself. Roberts rose to prominence after appearing in �Pretty Woman� (1990) opposite Richard Gere and followed that success with roles in �Sleeping with the Enemy� (1991), �The Pelican Brief� (1993), �Erin Brockovich� (2000), and �Ocean�s Eleven� (2001).

Roberts� unlikely love interest, William Thacker, is played by none other than Golden Globe recipient Hugh Grant, noted for his performances in �Four Weddings and a Funeral� (1994), �Bridget Jones�s Diary� (2001), and �Love Actually� (2003). Thacker is a recently divorced owner of an independent bookstore specializing in travel literature � a very specific genre to say the least.

Still wallowing in the sadness of his failed marriage, starting a new relationship is not a priority in William�s mind. However when an internationally known American actress, Anna Scott walks into his shop, things suddenly change � even if Thacker is unaware of it himself. A clear attraction between the two does not become evident until they, quite literally, bump into each other again after their first encounter. When Anna meets William a second time he accidentally spills orange juice on her and suggests that she returns to his flat to change her garments. Thankful for William�s assistance she gives him a farewell kiss that may have had greater significance to Anna than its recipient.

From this point forward a relationship begins to form between the mundane shop owner and acclaimed actress. There�s a slight problem however: Anna�s American boyfriend and fellow Hollywood colleague, Jeff King (Alec Baldwin) is visiting England. Which man will she ultimately choose?

�Notting Hill� was screenwriter Richard Curtis� second box office success, following 1994�s �Four Weddings and a Funeral.� Duncan Kenworthy, also behind the cameras during �Four Weddings . . .� produced the film, while former director of �Changing Lanes� (2002), Roger Michell lent his talent as well.

The film was an Academy Award nominated blockbuster grossing more than $363 million worldwide. It is rated PG-13 due to some sexual content and adult language; the runtime is 124 minutes.