Julia Roberts' Activist Roles

From "Runaway Bride" to "Pretty Woman," Julia Roberts has established herself as America's sweetheart throughout her storied career. However, the queen of romantic comedies has also made it a point to take on movie roles with a social agenda.  They have ranged form high profile – playing environmental activist and attorney Erin Brockovich in the eponymous film – to small-scale flicks that showcased her talents. Though Roberts has eschewed the spotlight in recent years to focus on her family, she recently lent her voice to embody Mother Nature in a film for nonprofit environmental group Conservation International. 

Roberts' talents will shine again as she narrates screen again as she narrates "MAKERS: Women in Hollywood," a film that tracks female pioneers and present-day power players in the entertainment industry. The documentary premieres tonight on PBS at 9/8c, then catch it on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 PM ET via MAKERS.com.

Revisit Roberts’ career moves, from charming actor to committed activist, in the gallery above.

See the stars who light up ‘MAKERS: Women in Hollywood’ in the trailer below.