Julia Louis-Dreyfus



Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus (born January 13, 1961) is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award-winning American actress and comedienne who gained popularity while playing the role of Elaine Benes on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld in the 1990s. She currently stars in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Louis-Dreyfus was born in New York City. She was born on Friday the 13th. Her paternal grandparents were Dolores Neubauer and Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a French Jew who fought in the French Resistance during World War II. Julia was raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated from the Holton-Arms School. Her mother is Judith Bowles, and her father is French billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (who changed his name to William in the 1940s). Her cousin Robert Louis-Dreyfus is the former CEO of Adidas (1993-2001). She claims to be related to the late Alfred Dreyfus, a French army captain best known for being the focus of the Dreyfus affair.

Louis-Dreyfus attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied theater and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She graduated in 1982. Since 1987 she has been married to actor/writer Brad Hall, whom she met while they were students at Northwestern. Hall also worked on SNL. The couple have two sons, Henry (born 1992) and Charles (born 1997).

Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. While on SNL, she met writer Larry David, who would later co-create Seinfeld. Louis-Dreyfus also appeared in quite a few sitcoms and films over the years but is best known for her nine-season role as "Elaine Benes" on NBC's Seinfeld from 1990 to 1998, in which she appeared in all but three episodes.

After Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus began a new NBC sitcom, Watching Ellie, which was soon cancelled. She had a notable recurring guest role as the deceitful prosecutor Maggie Lizer on Arrested Development. Louis-Dreyfus came to be seen as a victim of "the Seinfeld Curse", a term applied to typecast actors who, after appearing in an enormously popular television series or movie, have trouble finding popularity in other roles. However, the impressive ratings for The New Adventures of Old Christine have led some to believe that the "curse" is broken. She received a Lead Actress Emmy Award for her work on the first season of The New Adventures of Old Christine. She was evidently surprised by her win, as she could barely utter her acceptance speech during the 2006 Emmy Awards.

She returned to host Saturday Night Live on May 13, 2006, becoming the first former female cast member to return as host (Gilda Radner was supposed to host in the 1987-88 season, but a writers' strike cut the season short and Radner died of ovarian cancer a year later). Louis-Dreyfus appeared with former Seinfeld mates Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld in the opening monologue, parodying the so-called "Seinfeld Curse". She mocked the curse once again while accepting her Emmy award in 2006.

Also, she is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live yet again on March 17, being almost the soonest returning host in the 2000s, only being defeated by Ben Affleck and recent host Dane Cook.

She has also appeared on Seinfeld creator Larry David's show Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing herself fictionally trying to break the 'curse' by planning to star in a show in which she would play an actress affected by a Seinfeld-like curse. That storyline expanded on Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' theme by twisting it into a 'show about a show about a show about nothing'.

She is currently scheduled to be the commencement speaker in June 2007 at her alma-mater of Northwestern University.

Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live

* April May June, a female televangelist
* Becky, El Dorko's (Gary Kroeger) date
* Consuela, Chi Chi's friend and co-host of "Let's Watch TV"
* Darla in SNL's parody of The Little Rascals
* Weather Woman, a female superhero who controls the weather
* Patti Lynn Hunnsucker, a teenage correspondent on Saturday Night News (Weekend Update)

Selected filmography

* The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–present)
* Arrested Development (2004)
* Watching Ellie (2002)
* Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
* A Bug's Life (1998)
* Father's Day (1997)
* Deconstructing Harry (1997)
* London Suite (1996)
* North (1994)
* Jack the Bear (1993)
* Seinfeld (1989–1998)
* National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
* Day by Day (television) (1988)
* Soul Man (1986)
* Troll (1986)
* Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
* Saturday Night Live (1982–1985)

Emmy Awards

* 2006: won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series -- The New Adventures of Old Christine
* 1998: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1997: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1996: won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1995: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1994: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1993: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1992: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld

Golden Globe Awards

* 2007: nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series-Comedy -- The New Adventures of Old Christine
* 1995: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a TV production -- Seinfeld
* 1994: won for Best Supporting Actress in a TV production -- Seinfeld

Screen Actors Guild Awards

* 2006: nominated for Outstanding Performance By an Actress in a Comedy Series -- The New Adventures of Old Christine
* 1999: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1998: won for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1997: won for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1996: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld
* 1995: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series -- Seinfeld

* Her sons are Henry (born 1992) and Charles (born 1997). Both pregnancies were disguised while she played the character of Elaine on Seinfeld.
* She was considered for the role of Marla in Fight Club (which eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter).
* Was the only member of the principal cast of Seinfeld not to appear in the pilot episode; on the DVD of the show's first season, she claims not to have seen the pilot.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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