Julia Roberts knows what it’s like to go above and beyond as a mother, so she’s pleased to showcase others who do, too.
The “Erin Brockovich” Oscar winner is the executive producer and host/narrator of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network that premieres Saturday, May 7 … the eve of Mother’s Day, appropriately.
Roberts appears on camera at the beginning and end, and also to interview Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Otherwise, she keeps the focus on the other women profiled during the 90-minute program.
Among them: Rosie O’Donnell, who discusses being young when her mother died and being a gay and divorced parent herself; Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC’s Sunday program “This Week,” who reflects on balancing a sometimes dangerous career with parenthood; Margaret Martin, who encourages children’s self-esteem and love of music through the Harmony Project; Mayisha Akbar, whose Compton (Calif.) Jr. Posse guides youngsters away from gang life and into competitive horse riding; and Norma Bastidas, a marathoner whose running supports research into the cause of her son’s increasing blindness.
In an exclusive published interview, mother of three (including twins) Roberts spoke recently about her reasons for making “Extraordinary Moms.”
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