Julia Roberts is finally smiling again, two years after her half-sister‘s suicide.

“I’m better for the things that have happened to me, the good and the bad,” the 49-year-old actress revealed in a recent interview. “The older you get the more fragile you understand life to be.”

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Julia with her late mother, Betty Lou.

Julia’s half-sister Nancy Motes sadly died at age 37 in February 2014 after a fatal drug overdose. In a note she left behind, Nancy blamed her Oscar-winning sibling and their mother, Betty Lou Motes, for her depression.

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One year after Nancy’s tragic passing, the Pretty Woman star also lost her mom to lung cancer at age 80 in February 2015.

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