Living In The Shadow Of A Movie Star

Julia Roberts' younger half-sister had been trying to make her way in Hollywood, but was found dead Sunday. Her family reports she died of a drug overdose.
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Julia Roberts' younger sister was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, the family said. Nancy Motes was the younger half-sister of Roberts, her brother Eric Roberts, sister Lisa Roberts Gillian (pictured here) and aunt of actress Emma Roberts.

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"It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes... confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose," the statement said, via People. "There is no official report from the Coroner's office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated."

Motes was only 37 when she died, and was reportedly found dead Sunday. She had also tried her hand at acting, and in the past had worked as a production assistant for Glee.

Her death is just the latest that is bringing to light the addiction problems among stars in Hollywood.

Motes was only 13 when Roberts landed her defining role in Pretty Woman, and had spoken with The Daily Mail about growing up in the shadow of one of the world's most famous actresses.

"I think that growing up as Pretty Woman's little sister has definitely made me try to see the person inside and not the person outside. A lot of my life I felt judged for my weight," she explained.

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The Daily Mail reports that Motes had undergone a gastric bypass less than two years ago.

"It makes me feel incredibly hurt and very sad," she said at the time. "When you're in a family of very, very exceptionally beautiful people it's intimidating."

Julia Roberts won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2000's Erin Brockovich. She is nominated again this year for her role in August: Osage County. Eric Roberts was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 for Runaway Train.


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Comments on "Julia Roberts' sister found dead of apparent drug overdose"

grace March 06, 2014 | 11:08 PM

My love and prayers go out to y ou and your family. It is a terrible loss when someone so young makes life choices so dangerous.

Joyce Mashburn March 01, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Please know that my heart and prayers are with you and the family at this time. May God give you all some peace. Bless you all.

Anon February 27, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Suzanna, Cory died in Vancouver from drugs he got there... these aren't related.

Suzanna February 27, 2014 | 9:21 AM

shouldn't they be looking into all the cast on Glee....? ..... A little scary to know this is two of the same show who died of od's. The stagehands, make-up artists, etc should all be careful , what if they use the same drugs and the same dealer?

Maria February 25, 2014 | 7:37 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss, I lost my baby sister to possibly the exact same thing, she was 33 yrs. old on that very same day. My heart goes out to you and your family. My family is devasted also. :"(

Ruth Paine February 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM

I am very sorry for their loss. I think the public should stay out of it. It is not everyone's business. This young woman obviously had issues that she could not get a handle on. I am sure this family is hurting. I hope they concentrate on some better memories of their sister/daughter/aunt.

anon February 17, 2014 | 11:50 AM

This young woman who died, and this article mostly talks about Julia Roberts!!!!! It's hard being a younger sibling sometimes, especially when the older sibling is more successful.

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