1997-98: Introduction of MP. Julia guest stars on Friends and hooks up with Matthew Perry. No one can believe she's with a TV star, especially Perry. (His first and last name start with different letters.) But it's over before too long. And then …
1998-2001: Creation of another TV element known as BB. Out of nowhere, she starts to date Law & Order heartthrob Benjamin Bratt. He's hotter than Perry and, quite unexpectedly, things seem to go well for the couple. One year turns into two, two into three. Julia manages to steer clear of involvement with Erin Brockovich co-star Aaron Eckhardt, Runaway Bride co-star Richard Gere and The Mexican co-star Brad Pitt. We do recognize that Bratt's first and last name start with the same letter, but this pattern is OK.
2001: BB dissolution. What happened?! Roberts films Ocean's Eleven and all hell breaks loose. Rumors prevail that she is involved or "very close friends" with movie co-star George Clooney. No, no … not this again.
They say "actions speak louder than words," and based on her actions in the past, this Clooney theory would seem a very reasonable explanation for why the Bratt relationship is kaputski. Matter of fact, word on the street is that Mr. Bratt ended it for the reason mentioned above and because, well, he just couldn't get Julia to commit … to marriage.
And so, Ms. Roberts will now spend some time getting over the travesty of another relationship gone awry. But have no fear, for this bubbling beauty will once again manage to pick herself up, dust herself off, and experiment yet again.
Finally, I will predict something more pleasant: I will win the lottery and date Julia's leftovers … all of 'em!
Heidi Oringer is director of entertainment programming at ABCNEWS Radio.