Julia Roberts to receive lifetime award at San Sebastian fest

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 15:02 PM IST

London: `Pretty Woman` Julia Roberts will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, honouring her "successful two decade long career."

The 42-year-old superstar will be at the Spanish film festival with her latest film `Eat Pray Love` and collect the honorary `Donostia` award.

The Academy Award winning actress will present the film, shot in Italy, India and Indonesia, with Spanish co-star Javier Bardem at the extravaganza.

The award`s previous recipients include Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas and Woody Allen among others.

"She has not limited herself to playing the beautiful girl, she has taken risks, she has made movies that break with the image of a romantic comedy to play mature roles like Erin Brockovich," said festival director Mikel Olaciregui in a press release.

Roberts who recently converted to Hinduism, started her film career in 1987 with J. Christian Ingvordsen`s `Firehouse`.

She landed her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her role in the 1989 film `Steel Magnolias`.

Her role as the fiesty environmentalist Erin Brokovich won her the Oscar for Best Actress in 2001 while the romantic comedy `Pretty Woman` sealed international fame for the actress.

Roberts who is married to cinematographer Danny Moder, had taken a break from acting to raise a family.

After a hiatus of over five years, Roberts returned to the silver screen with `Eat Pray Love` this year.

PTI