She is played by Julia Roberts ("Mystic Pizza" and an Oscar-nominated role in "Steel Magnolias") as a woman who is as smart as she is attractive, which makes her very smart. Like many prostitutes, she is able to perform the mental trick of standing outside of what she does, of detaching herself and believing that her real self is not involved. That's what she does. She overhears one of his telephone conversations and wants to know what he does.
We first met tough-talking woman Vivian Ward and unhappy billionaire businessman Edward Lewis in 1990, when the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere-starring romcom became a huge hit with cinemagoers. The film made a superstar of Roberts, who was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her role.
Several actresses auditioned for the role of Vivian before Julia Roberts was cast. However, when the film changed hands and wound up at Disney, the higher-ups were pretty dead-set against having Roberts in the film. She was a fairly new face, with barely any credits to her name.
Well, as it turns out, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and director Garry Marshall vowed to never do a sequel unless all three of them were involved. Considering Marshall recently passed away, this makes a sequel seem pretty unlikely to ever happen. However, the team did reunite for the 1999 film Runaway Bride. 781b155fdc