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'Happy' Julia Roberts recovering after delivery
Updated: 2004-12-01 08:57

Hollywood's beloved "Pretty Woman" Julia Roberts was "happy" and resting after delivering the greatest performance of her life: giving birth to twins following a turbulent pregnancy.

Hollywood's beloved 'Pretty Woman' Julia Roberts, seen here in 2002, was 'happy' and resting after delivering the greatest performance of her life: giving birth to twins following a turbulent pregnancy. [AFP]
The Oscar-winning superstar brought a boy and a girl into the world on Sunday after spending nearly a month in bed following a dramatic health scare that saw her shuttling between hospital and her Los Angeles home.

"She gave birth very early on Sunday morning, and she had been on bed rest since late October," said Jess Cagle, a senior editor for People magazine, which got the scoop on the Oscar-winning actress's double feature.

"She is rested and happy and hoping to go home in the next few days," he told CBS television's "The Early Show."

The 37-year-old superstar and her cameraman husband of two years, Danny Moder, have named their twins -- who were born more than a month early -- Phinnaeus Walter Moder and Hazel Patricia Moder.

Roberts was taken to hospital on October 23 and placed on a foetal monitor after she began having early contractions more than two months before her January due date.

But Roberts told USA Today in an interview last week that despite the scare, her pregnancy had not come complete with some of the more common miseries expectant mothers face.

"Never got sick," she said. "I've heard horror stories about people who have a sip of water and then throw up for four hours. But I come from hardy stock. I'm Southern," she told the paper.

Roberts's publicist Marcy Engelman refused to comment on the star's latest role as a mother, one which she took on just days before the release of her two latest movies, "Ocean's 12" and "Closer," which premieres Friday.

Mike Nichols's drama "Closer" already has Tinseltown tongues wagging about a possible second Oscar statuette for Roberts, who shot to international stardom with 1990's "Pretty Woman."

The film, which tells the story of a tangled series of romances between four people, also stars Natalie Portman and British stars Jude Law and Clive Owen.

Adventure flick "Ocean's Twelve," which opens December 10 in North America, is a sequel to the 2001 remake "Ocean's Eleven."

Despite being confined to bed by her pregnancy, Roberts has continued promoting both films from her Los Angeles hospital room.

"I think that last Monday or Tuesday, after doing some phone interviews from her hospital bed, she was actually able to go home for the rest of the pregnancy," Cagle told CBS.

"And then the little twins were just ready to come out, so she went back to the hospital over the weekend."

Moder and Roberts, who won the best actress Oscar for her role as a crusading US lawyer in the 2000 film "Erin Brockovich," had reportedly been trying for some time to start a family.

The movie star married Moder at a surprise ceremony at their hideaway home in the western US state of New Mexico in July 2002.

Roberts was previously married to singer Lyle Lovett, with whom she walked down the aisle in 1993. That union lasted only 21 months.

Roberts shot to worldwide fame after playing a loveable prostitute opposite Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman," a role for which she was nominated for a best actress Academy Award.

She also won a best supporting actress nod for her role in 1989's "Steel Magnolias."

The actress, known for her luminous smile, also starred in such hits as the romantic comedy "Notting Hill" opposite Hugh Grant and appeared in last year's 1950s period drama "Mona Lisa Smile."

She also appears in the star-studded film "Ocean's Twelve" -- which hits theaters in the United States December 10 -- alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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