We are learning even more about the Julia Roberts heritage.
Now comes the news that there was a big secret in the “Ticket to Paradise” star’s family.
In Wednesday episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Roberts is shown learning that she was not actually related to her supposed great-great-grandfather, Willis Roberts.
Gates shared the news with the Oscar-winning actress that the eldest of the Robertses had died more than a decade before her great-grandfather, John, was born to her great-great-grandmother, Rhoda Suttle Roberts, in the 19th century.
“But oh wait, am I not a Roberts?” she asked Gates.
He explained that through DNA, they were able to link Roberts and her cousin to a man named Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr., who was her biological great-great-grandfather.
“So we are Mitchells?” Roberts asked Gates.
You are Julia Mitchell. You are not a Roberts biologically,” she replied.
“Wow,” Roberts said. “Is my head still straight? I’m in front of you?
According to research by Gates and his team, Mitchell was married with six children, and his mother lived four houses away from Rhoda Suttle Roberts.
“For one thing, my mind really is blown. And it’s fascinating,” Roberts said. “And on the other hand, there’s, you know, a part of me when I’m calmer, you know, I can still embrace the idea that, you know, my family is my family. And I prefer the name Roberts.
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