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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2007
Born Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus
January 13, 1961 (1961-01-13) (age 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedian
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Brad Hall (1987–present)

Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus[1] (born January 13, 1961) is an American actress and comedienne, well known for her performances in several sitcoms such as Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

She rose to prominence as one of the regular cast members of Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. In 1990 she was cast in the role of Elaine Benes on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Her performance over nine seasons earned her an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2002, with her husband, she developed her own series, Watching Ellie, which had short lived success lasting just two short seasons. After playing recurring roles on programs such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, she was cast as Christine Campbell in the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine earning her a second Emmy Award. The series is now in its fifth season on CBS.

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Personal life

Louis-Dreyfus was born in New York City, to Judith, a writer and special-needs tutor, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (also known as William Louis-Dreyfus), a French attorney and business executive.[1][2] Her paternal grandfather was Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a French Jew who fought in the French Resistance during World War II.[3] Her parents divorced a year after her birth in 1961. After relocating to Washington, D.C., when Julia was eight,[4] her mother married L. Thompson Bowles, Dean of the George Washington University Medical School.[1][5]

Louis-Dreyfus has two half-sisters on her Louis-Dreyfus side, Emma and Phoebe, a social worker.[6] Through her father, a billionaire heir to the Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the world's largest commodities trading and merchandising firms,[2] she had a cousin, Robert Louis-Dreyfus (1946–2009), former CEO of Adidas and owner of the Olympique de Marseille soccer team.[7]

Louis-Dreyfus' maternal half-sister, Lauren Bowles, is also an actress, appearing with her on Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as on Veronica Mars and in the film Ghost World.

Louis-Dreyfus spent her childhood in several states and countries in connection with her stepfather's work with Project HOPE, including Sri Lanka, Colombia and Tunisia.[8] She graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD in 1979, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied theater, appeared in the Mee-Ow Show, and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. After three years she left to begin work on Saturday Night Live,[1] being rewarded by the University in 2007 with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.[9]

While at Northwestern, Louis-Dreyfus met future husband and Saturday Night Live comedian Brad Hall.[1] She, Hall, and future SNL writer Paul Barrosse all were members of the community's storefront theater troupe, the Practical Theatre Company.[10]

Louis-Dreyfus and Hall have two sons, Henry (born June 1992) and Charles (born May 1997).[citation needed]

Louis-Dreyfus campaigned for Al Gore during the 2000 U.S. presidential election. She speaks French fluently.

Career

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 1994 Academy Awards

Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985, tying with current cast member Abby Elliot as the youngest female cast member in the show's history at the age of 21.[1] While on SNL, she met writer Larry David, who would later co-create Seinfeld.[1] Louis-Dreyfus also appeared in 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, appearing in all but three episodes.[1] On the "Notes About Nothing" featurette on the Season 1-2 DVD, Jerry Seinfeld notes that Louis-Dreyfus' ability to eat a peanut M&M without cracking the peanut aptly describes the actress: "She cracks you up without breaking your nuts".

After Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus began a new NBC sitcom, Watching Ellie, which was canceled after two abbreviated seasons. 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.

Her mid- to late-2000s series, The New Adventures of Old Christine, received high ratings. Louis-Dreyfus won the Outstanding Actress Emmy Award for her work on the show's first season, exactly 10 years after her Seinfeld win. Referring to the curse, she stated in her acceptance speech, "I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this, baby!"[1]

She had a recurring guest role as the deceitful prosecutor and love interest of Michael Bluth, Maggie Lizer, on Arrested Development. She has also appeared on The Simpsons, providing the voice for Snake's girlfriend Gloria on three episodes.

She returned to host Saturday Night Live on May 13, 2006, becoming the first female former cast member to return as host. (Gilda Radner was supposed to host in the 1987-88 season,[citation needed] season 13, but the 1988 Writers Guild of America 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. She has also appeared on Seinfeld co-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. She has currently been nominated for all the show's seasons for Emmys, but has lost to Tina Fey for 30 Rock, America Ferrera for Ugly Betty and most recently Toni Collette for The United States of Tara.

On June 21, 2009, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Louis-Dreyfus will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the upcoming year.

In the fall of 2009, she appeared with rest of the cast of Seinfeld in the third, sixth, ninth, and tenth episodes of the seventh season of Larry David's sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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)

Credits

Julia Louis-Dreyfus with Jerry Seinfeld at the 1997 Emmy Awards

Filmography

Television work

Awards and nominations

[11]

Year Award Category Result
1992 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1993 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1994 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film - Seinfeld Won
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1995 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film - Seinfeld Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1996 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
1997 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1998 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Won
1999 American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Seinfeld Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Seinfeld Nominated
2001 American Comedy Award Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series - Curb Your Enthusiasm Nominated
2006 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Won
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
2007 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Female TV Star Nominated
Favorite Funny Female Star Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
2009 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated
TV Land Award Legacy of Laughter Award Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated

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Simple English

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (born January 13, 1961) is an American celebrity. Her notable roles include starring in the hit TV show Seinfeld. She is also noted for starring in other television shows and in movies. She also stars on the situation comedy "Adventures of old Christine".








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