Julia Louis-Dreyfus biography
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York City. She was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live in 1982 where she stayed for two seasons. In 1986, she launched her film career, appearing in Hannah and Her Sisters and Soul Man. However, it was Louis-Dreyfus's portrayal of Elaine on Seinfeld that launched her to stardom. In 2002, she began starring on the sitcom Watching Ellie, and went on to star on The New Adventures of Old Christine in 2006. In 2012, she debuted on the HBO TV series Veep, playing fabricated U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer. For her Veep performance, she won an Emmy Award (her third) in 2012.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus on January 13, 1961, in New York City. Louis-Dreyfus is best known for her roles on the sitcoms Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine, and HBO series Veep. Louis-Dreyfus is the great-great-granddaughter of businessman Leopold Louis-Dreyfus, who founded the international Louis Dreyfus Group.
After studying drama at Northwestern University, Louis-Dreyfus began her acting career at Chicago's Practical Theatre Company, and performed with the prestigious Second City comedy troupe. After moving to New York, she was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live in 1982, where she showcased her comedic talents for the next two seasons.
In 1986, Louis-Dreyfus launched her film career, appearing in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Soul Man, but it was her portrayal of the fabulously flawed and cynical Elaine Benes on NBC's hit sitcom Seinfeld that launched her to stardom. The New York-centric comedy, also starring Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, was created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, and ran for nine seasons (1989-98). Though the role of Elaine was not part of the show's original concept, NBC producers insisted that Seinfeld needed a feminine perspective. For her performance on the series, she earned a Golden Globe Award in 1993 and an Emmy Award in 1996.
During breaks from Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus continued to make films, with uneven results. These included Jack the Bear (1993); Rob Reiner's North (1994); Father's Day (1997), with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams; and Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997). Additionally, in 1998, she lent her voice for the role of Princess Atta in the computer-animated feature A Bug's Life.
In 2002, Louis-Dreyfus starred on her own NBC sitcom, Watching Ellie. Despite a promising debut, the real-time comedy featuring Louis-Dreyfus as a Los Angeles lounge singer took a dive in the ratings, and was canceled midway through its first season. A revamped version of the show returned to NBC's prime-time lineup in the spring of 2003, but failed to find an audience.
Undaunted, Louis-Dreyfus returned to television with a new sitcom, New Adventures of Old Christine, in 2006. She starred as Christine, a divorced mother of one, navigating the ups and downs of parenting and dating while running a business. Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy Award (outstanding lead actress in a comedy series) for her work on the show in 2006. The show ran for five seasons.
In 2012, Louis-Dreyfus debuted on the HBO TV series Veep, playing fabricated U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer. Following the show's first season, in September 2012, she received her third Emmy Award (outstanding lead actress in a comedy series). The honor marked the actress's 13th Emmy nomination, ranking her among TV's most nominated female performers. Additionally, Veep was nominated for an Emmy (outstanding comedy series). The following year, Louis-Dreyfus received an Emmy Award for her work on the series, making it her fourth win.
Louis-Dreyfus made a rare appearance on the big screen the following year. She starred in Enough Said (2013) with James Gandolfini, which explores the ups and downs of middle age romance. The film's premiere that fall was a bittersweet affair, marking one of Gandolfini's final films. He had died of a heart attack months before the film's release. As Louis-Dreyfus explained to USA Today, "I'm so happy I had the chance to work for him. For his legacy, I'm so happy he made this film. . . . It shows his versatility as an actor."
Louis-Dreyfus is married to actor and producer Brad Hall. The couple met at Northwestern University and married in 1987. They have two sons, Henry and Charles.