Julia Roberts reveals Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King paid her parents’ hospital bill when she was born

Julia Roberts revealed a unique story about her birth – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, paid her parents’ hospital bill after she was born.

During a September interview with Gayle King for the History Channel’s “HISTORYTalks,” Roberts talked about her family’s unexpected connection to the two historical figures.

“The King family paid my hospital bills,” Roberts said.

“Not my family,” joked Gayle King, since she shares the same last name as the civil rights leader. “Martin Luther King Jr.”

Roberts explained that her parents, Walter and Betty Lou Roberts, owned a theater school in Atlanta called the Actors and Writers Workshop. Coretta Scott King asked if her children could be enrolled in the school as she was having trouble finding other places that would accept her children.

“And so, they all just became friends and helped us out of a jam,” said Roberts, who was born Oct. 28, 1967, and turned 55 last week.

“Yeah, because in the ’60s you didn’t have little black kids interacting with little white kids in acting school,” said Gayle King, who also co-hosted “CBS Mornings.” “And your parents would say, ‘Come in.’ And I think that’s great and it sets the stage for who you are.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was from Atlanta and became one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in the United States. Through nonviolent protests, Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the movement to advance the rights of people of color. Less than six months after Roberts’ birth, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, which was followed by a day of national mourning.

The interview went viral this week after business consultant Zara Rahim tweeted a quote to honor Roberts on her recent birthday.

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr., also posted an excerpt of the interview on Sunday, saying she was “grateful” that Roberts told the story and that “so many people have been in awe of it . “

“I know the history well, but it’s moving for me to be reminded of the generosity and influence of my parents,” he added.

The “HISTORYTalks” series began in 2019 and each year features live conversations with several high-profile speakers. This year, speakers included former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and George and Amal Clooney.

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