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  • Trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
  • Got her big break when Lily Tomlin saw her perfom at a club and cast her in the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Woman.
  • Worked at MTV at the same time as veejay "Downtown" Julie Brown and adopted the name "West Coast" Julie Brown to avoid confusion.
  • Cast then-unknown comics Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans in her 1989 film Earth Girls are Easy.
  • Won a Writers Guild of America award for her 1992 Showtime special, Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful.


  • Leonard Francis Brown — Father
  • Celia Jane Brown — Mother
  • Kenneth Rathjen — Husband
  • Paul Brown — Brother
  • Penn Jillette — Ex-significant Other
  • Terrence E. McNally — Ex-husband


  • Attended Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA

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  • Birth Name: Julie Ann Brown
  • Birth Place: Van Nuys, CA
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Songwriter

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