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The world is full of amazing encounters, but this one has to be one of the best we’ve heard of in a long time.

Julia Roberts may now be one of the world’s most famous actors but, it transpires, she didn’t have such an auspicious start to life.

When she was born her parents couldn’t afford the hospital bill but, luckily, wealthier friends were there to help them out.

So far, so normal, you may think. But it turns out their generous benefactors were none other than the late Martin Luther King Jr and his wife Coretta Scott King.

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The jaw-dropping revelation was made during a conversation between Roberts and TV host Gayle King, ahead of the Erin Brockovich star’s 55th birthday.

Gayle asked her guest who paid the hospital bill when she was born, prompting an intake of breath from Roberts before she smilingly remarked: “OK, her research is very good.”

The Oscar-winner then explained that her parents had been running a theatre school in Atlanta when they befriended the Kings.

“One day Coretta called my mother and asked if her kids could be part of the school because they were having a hard time finding a place that would accept her kids,” Roberts said in a nod to segregation, which blighted the US in the 20th century.

“My mom was like, ‘Sure, come on over,’ and so they all just became friends, and they helped us out of a jam,” she added, modestly ending her astonishing anecdote.

Gayle responded by hailing the Roberts’ act as “extraordinary” because people didn’t see “little black children interacting with little white kids in acting school” at the time.

A clip of their moving exchange was widely shared on Twitter, with viewers voicing their joy at the unexpected link between such iconic figures.

As Halloween approaches, this story was a much-needed treat for us all.

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