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Julia Roberts shares unbelievably rare throwback photo for heartfelt reason

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Julia Roberts delivered a heartfelt message to her fans on Friday when she paid tribute to her late mother, Betty Lou Bredemus, with a rare throwback childhood photo. 

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On the six year anniversary of her mum’s death, the Pretty Woman actress took to Instagram to share a photo of her with Betty. Julia looked to be about five years old in the snapshot, in which her mum took centre stage. 

The star simply captioned the image: "Me and my sweet Mama #callyourmama."

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Julia shared the old photo to pay tribute to his mum 

Betty died at the age of 80 on 19 February 2015 following a tragic battle with lung cancer.

Julia was incredibly close to her mother who she credited for teaching her how to be a great parent to her own three children, 16-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and Henry, 13. 

In an interview with People magazine, she said: "My mum worked a full-time job and raised three girls pretty much on her own. My brother [Eric Roberts] is older, so he was gone and out of the house. She never showed the strain of it."

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Julia lost her mum to lung cancer

When Julia asked Betty for tips on motherhood when she had three children under the age of three, she had some down-to-earth advice: "I was like, 'Mum, how did you do this?' And instead of saying, 'Well you just have to apply yourself and it takes effort,' she goes, 'It's called daycare, honey.'

"And I was so appreciative and so grateful she didn't tell me some sage story about what it's like to be a great mother."

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Julia has three children with husband Danny Moder

Julia and her husband, Danny Moder stay out of the limelight, but on Valentine’s Day she sent a sweet message on social media and posted a photo of herself wearing a sweater with his name on it. 

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