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Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby YAWO on Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:38 pm

ROBERTS’ MOTHER, BETTY
LOU MOTES, 80, HAS
PASSED AWAY

ur thoughts are with Julia Roberts and her family at this time, as 'In Touch Weekly' has exclusively learned the actress’s mother, Betty Lou Motes, has passed away in the early hours of this morning, Feb. 19.

She was 80-years-old.

A source tells the magazine she was at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. at the time of her passing. She was reportedly battling lung cancer.

The timing of this tragic event is extra heartbreaking for Betty’s family, as Feb. 9 marked one year since Nancy Motes — Betty’s daughter and Julia’s half-sister — committed suicide.

Following Nancy’s death, Betty was said to be living with the Oscar winner, her husband and three children in their LA home.

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/excl ... away-51983
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby swamer on Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:10 pm

It breaks my heart to hear this news. My condolences to the Motes and Roberts families and Betty Lou's friends.

This is very tragic. My thoughts are with you Julia.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby lindsayw on Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:28 pm

Oh no! So sad for Julia. Thoughts are with the whole family :(
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby YAWO on Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:57 pm

We're with you Julia
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby mcv on Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:33 pm

So sad. RIP Betty.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby berlioz on Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:43 pm

RIP betty

february is such a bad month for the family, few days ago was the anniversary if nancy's death.

so sad for julia :-(
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby jules on Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:30 pm

So sad for Jules and the whole family! :( May she RIP!!!
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby Pero on Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:23 am

So Sorry Julia,

May the Heavens comfort you and us who are Left here, who love you, do the same.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby berlioz on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:50 pm

Passed through Austin and passed on a legacy


Many recognize the famous actress Julia Roberts, but what many may not know is her mother, Betty Lou Bredemus, lived and graduated high school in Austin.

Bredemus, 80 passed away on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, according to People Magazine. The former acting-school teacher had been battling lung cancer.

Bredemus was a 1952 Austin High School graduate. The 1952 yearbook lists choir, drama and the school newspaper — the Sentinel — as Bredemus’ hobbies her senior year.

LaVonne Zrucky, a year below Bredemus in school, was in her junior year when her future husband, Richard Zrucky, took Bredemus to the senior prom.

“As I know how the story goes, she helped Dick write a paper for one of their classes,” LaVonne said. “And in return he said he would take her to the prom, and they did, they went to the prom together.”

Because the age difference, LaVonne did not know Bredemus personally.

Richard, who suffers with memory loss due to health problems, was not able to speak about the friendship.

LaVonne said Richard and Bredemus were just friends, as far as she knew.

“I don’t know that there was ever anything between the two of them,” she said. “Right soon after that we started dating, he and I.”

According to the Julia Roberts biography, “Julia: Her Life” by James Spada, Bredemus moved to Austin two separate times with her family, as her father’s career as a salesman forced the family to relocate 12 times in search of work. Bredemus attended Austin High School in ninth grade, attended 10th and 11th grade sin Excelsior, Minnesota, and returned to Austin for 12th grade before graduating from Austin High School in 1952.

The biography describes Austin as a “one-horse town one hundred miles south of Minneapolis, whose main claim to fame was the Hormel meat company, bringing it the nickname ‘SPAMTown.’”

The book goes on to quote a former classmate and the Sentinel editor, Barbara Gaddis, who remembered Bredemus as “a pretty, blue-eyed, long-haired girl, a little on the short side and a little on the chunky side. She was attractive with beautiful eyes. Her eyes and her smile are so much like Julia’s.”

According to the biography, Bredemus performed in the Austin drama group’s productions of “You Can’t Take It with You” by Kaufman and Hart, and “A Murder Has Been Arranged” by Emlyn Williams.

After graduation, Bredemus joined a stock company in northern Minnesota and appeared in a number of plays. That September, she returned to Austin and went to Austin Junior College, with a major in dramatic arts. She left later that year after her father became ill and money was tight.

The biography explains Bredemus went into the United States Air Force in 1953, where she moved to a few different bases and eventually ended up at Keesler AFB, where her background in theater brought her to special services, a division of personnel that oversaw entertainment for servicemen. She earned a National Defense Service Medal during her time. She met her future husband, Walter Roberts, while performing in “George Washington Slept Here.” In 1956, Bredemus gave birth to her first son, Eric Anthony. In 1957, after both Bredemus and her husband were out of the military, the family moved to Louisiana. Roberts pursued his dream of getting an education and becoming a writer, and Bredemus helped support the family by working as an office clerk for an insurance company, and then a salesclerk in a chess and game shop in the French Quarter.

The family later moved from New Orleans to Decatur, Georgia. In 1964, Bredemus acted as Bum Bum the Clown on “Bum Bum and His Buddies,” a children’s show on WAII-TV that Roberts directed. The couple later set up a children’s theater with workshops and productions.

In 1967, Bredemus gave birth to Julia. The family went through many struggles, successes and failures after that.

To read more about Bredemus and Julia’s life, look for “Julia: Her Life” by James Spada.

http://www.austindailyherald.com/2015/0 ... -a-legacy/

an article about the early life of julia's mom. it's interesting, i knew very little about her before reading this.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby swamer on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:21 pm

Thank you for sharing.

I didn't know that much about Betty Lou but I like that she did good things to the community. And as mentioned in the article, there is a book about Julia I've never heard of. It makes me want to read it.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby berlioz on Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:00 pm

the book by spada made some headlines at the time it was published i think, it had a scandalistic approch from what i recall but it probably contains many infos about julia's family and childhood.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby swamer on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:17 pm

A user who pretends to be John Dilbeck -if he is the real Dilbeck- is poisonning all websites (including JJ and People) with his hainous comments and doesn't show sympathy for Betty's family even in these difficult times. He won't stop, Shame on him. His latest comments are disrespectful to Julia, I mean the guy is certainly crazy.
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby berlioz on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:31 pm

swamer wrote:A user who pretends to be John Dilbeck -if he is the real Dilbeck- is poisonning all websites (including JJ and People) with his hainous comments and doesn't show sympathy for Betty's family even in these difficult times. He won't stop, Shame on him. His latest comments are disrespectful to Julia, I mean the guy is certainly crazy.


yes, he also has a twitter account where he posted screenshots of textes and messages julia and lisa sent to nancy before she died...
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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby berlioz on Sun May 31, 2015 2:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts bids farewell to her beloved mother Betty Lou at a special family-only memorial in Georgia

Intimate memorial took place at New Smyrna Cemetery on Saturday
Betty Lou Bredemus' ashes were lowered into the ground at the family plot
Julia attended with her 10-year-old twins Hazel and Pinneaus
Husband Danny Moder and son Henry, 8, did not attend
Betty died of lung cancer on February 19. She was 80

By Lycia Naff In Smyrna, Georgia

Published: 14:11 GMT, 31 May 2015 | Updated: 14:11 GMT, 31 May 2015




A small gathering of family came together in Georgia at the weekend to farewell Julia Roberts' mother Betty Lou Bredemus at a special memorial, following her death earlier this year from lung cancer.

The intimate reception was held Saturday in Betty's hometown cemetery in Smyrna, Georgia, following the matriarch's death on February 19.

The 80-year-old died in her actress daughter's home in Malibu following a long battle with cancer.

The invitation-only gathering for 'just family' was held at Betty's grave, The Daily Mail can reveal.


Betty's ashes were lowered into the ground on the family plot, alongside her many rescue dogs

Julia had rented out the entire cemetery for the event, complete with high-tech security guards flanking all entrances.

Betty's ashes were lowered into the ground on the family plot, alongside her many rescue dogs, including Zelda and Daisy.

Sister Lisa presented a slide show that included images of Betty coaching her children's acting workshops, cuddling dogs, and especially loving her children and grandchildren, including Julia's twins Hazel and Pinneaus, ages 10, who were present alongside mom Julia.

Julia's famous niece Emma Roberts and brother Eric Roberts were also a no-show.

About 80 people joined to celebrate the Roberts' family matriarch, including local soul singer Francis Reed, whom Betty clearly wrote in her will that she wanted to sing at her memorial, according to a source.

There was not a dry eye in the house as Francis sang acapella and devoted the last verse of mom's favorite hymnal to Julia and family.

The intimate reception was held Saturday in Betty's hometown cemetery in Smyrna, Georgia, following the matriarch's death on February 19

Guests praised matriarch Betty who performed for troops via USO tours, trained southern businessmen to lose their 'drawl', and encourages all to rescue dogs rather than buy them.

Betty was buried alongside the ashes of a few of her favorites, Zelda and Daisy.


The remaining canines live with daughter Julia now.

The buffet spread included several varieties of chicken wings, coconut shrimp and Swedish meatballs.
Julia wore a daisy-patterned dress to the memorial reception later that day, held at the nearby Renaissance Waverly Hotel


Julia wore a daisy-patterned dress to the memorial reception later that day, held at the nearby Renaissance Waverly Hotel

More than one guest remarked that Betty's 'Hawaiian meatballs' were a classic and not to be beat, a source revealed.

Coincidentally, a large traditional Indian wedding party was held in the lobby and as Julia walked in to go to the ballroom for her memorial, the Indian bride and groom were dancing and singing to 'Pretty Woman.'

Betty Lou, a devout Catholic, had reportedly battled cancer since November 2013 when a 'cancerous tumour' was found in her lung during a routine MRI scan - but it was only revealed the following February after her daughter Nancy's tragic death.

Julia and her mother were very close, with both sharing a love for the arts.

Julia's biological father, Walter Grady Roberts, died of throat cancer aged 44 when she was just 10 years old.

Walter and Betty had divorced prior to his death in January 1972 and just eight months later she married Michael Motes.

Eric Roberts has said in numerous interviews that their step-father Motes created a household that was unstable and abusive.

Tragically, his and Betty's daughter Nancy, a former production assistant, was discovered by paramedics on the bathroom floor of an LA house on February 9 last year.

She committed suicide, dying from a drug overdose. She was 37-years-old.

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Re: Betty Lou Motes, has passed away

Postby swamer on Sun May 31, 2015 3:03 pm

Very intrusive pictures. It's not the DM's business to show them.
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