Biography

The quick-witted Louis-Dreyfus sharpened her comedic chops while at Northwestern University, where she performed as the only female member of an improvisational comedy troupe under the direction of Brad Hall, who later became her husband as well as her Saturday Night Live costar. After her three-year stint on SNL---during which she played a memorably loopy female televangelist, among other colorful characters---Louis-Dreyfus appeared in a handful of features before landing her breakout role on the lauded sitcom Seinfeld. Her eight-year run as Jerry Seinfeld's neurotic buddy, Elaine Benes, earned her seven Emmy nods and one statuette. After the series ended, the actress attempted to headline her own show, Watching Ellie. But the sitcom went bust, despite being specifically created for her by Hall. She fared much better in her second star outing, The New Adventures of Old Christine. Her effective turn as daffy divorced mom Christine Campbell awarded her no less than three Emmy nominations and her second career Emmy in 2006. This effectively broke the so-called "Seinfeld curse," coined when Seinfeld stars flopped in their various follow-up projects. Curse or no curse, the comedienne reunited with her Seinfeld colleagues in 2009 when they appeared together in Season 7 episodes of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2010, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but the honor didn't come without a stumble: Officials misspelled her name, imprinting it "Julia Luis Dreyfus." True to her strong sense of humor, she laughed off the typo.

Fast Facts

  • Her family runs the Louis Dreyfus Group, a French conglomerate.
  • While at Northwestern University, was the only female member of an improv comedy troupe under the direction of Brad Hall (whom she later married).
  • Performed as a member of Chicago's Second City improv troupe.
  • Met Seinfeld co-creator Larry David when the two worked for Saturday Night Live.
  • Her character was not included in the original Seinfeld pilot; NBC executives felt that a female perspective was needed.
  • Concealed two real-life pregnancies, usually with a roomy overcoat, while filming Seinfeld.
  • Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2010; her name was misspelled on the star, omitting both the "o" and the hyphen from her name.
  • With her Emmy win for Veep in 2012, she became the first woman to win an acting Emmy for three separate shows.

Awards

  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Judith Bowles — Mother
  • Lauren Bowles — Half Sister
  • Brad Hall — Husband
  • Charles Hall — Son
  • Phoebe Louis-Dreyfus Eavis — Half Sister
  • L. Thompson Bowles — Stepfather
  • Phyllis Louis-Dreyfus — Stepmother
  • William Louis-Dreyfus — Father
  • Henry Hall — Son
  • Emma — Half Sister
  • Amy — Half Sister
  • Pierre Louis-Dreyfus — Grandfather

College

  • Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States

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  • Birth Name: Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Birthday: January 13, 1961, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor
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