Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich

Published 12:49 PM ET, Mon October 24, 2016
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Julia Roberts, left, received an Academy Award nominated for her portrayal of environmental activist Erin Brockovich, right, in a 2000 film. Click through to see more photos of Roberts in the movie. Getty Images
Brockovich was an environmental activist who began her famous fight against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1992. Getty Images
In her case against PG&E, Brockovich said the company was responsible for contaminating drinking water in Hinkley, California. Getty Images
Brockovich won her lawsuit against PG&E, which is the focus of the 2000 film. Getty Images
The real-life Brockovich, not pictured, made a cameo in the film as a waitress named Julia. Getty Images
Aaron Eckhart played Brockovich's biker boyfriend, George. Getty Images
The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, and its widespread success made Brockovich a household name. Getty Images
Following her case against PG&E, Brockovich took on several other anti-pollution lawsuits. Getty Images