Julia Roberts was one of the first two faces to appear on QVC The Shopping Channel in 1993, and her warmth and honesty have encouraged millions to shop from the comfort of their own homes ever since. She was not, however, a stranger to television, having previously appeared in Beadle’s About, The Price is Right and numerous advertisements, including the Woolwich Building Society where she famously asked, ‘Can I help you?’
None of this would have come about id she hadn’t survived the killer disease polio in the 1950s. Not only did she survive but, against all the odds and the advice of her careers teacher at school, she became a professional dancer. That was the start of a long and varied career in the entertainment industry, unless you count appearing on the front cover of a cookery book at the age of ten. She has worked as a DJ, a singer, and actress and, for the last 24 years, a presenter; and it’s all in her book One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.
Each of the hundred lengths is associated with special moments from her life – some professional, some personal, some happy and some sad. However, there is an extra length of the pool that she didn’t expect to swim and it has changed her life completely, testing her belief in her favourite saying, ‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger…’