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Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Julia Bowen Luetkemeyer
March 3, 1970 (1970-03-03) (age 40)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Scott Phillips (September 9, 2004-present)

Julie Bowen (born March 3, 1970)[1][2][3] is an American film and television actress.


Early life

Bowen was born Julia Bowen Luetkemeyer in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Suzanne and John Alexander Luetkemeyer, Jr., a commercial developer.[4] She first attended the Calvert School and Garrison Forest School in Baltimore. She continued on to Brown University, majoring in Italian Renaissance studies. In her junior year, Bowen spent a year abroad in Florence, Italy. During college, she had roles in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door, and Lemon Sky. Before graduating, Bowen had the lead role in the independent film Five Spot Jewel. Among other places, Bowen studied acting at the Actor's Institute.


After graduation, Bowen had a role in the soap opera Loving and made her primetime debut on an episode of the college drama Class of '96. She also had the lead role in the 1994 television film Runaway Daughters, playing opposite Paul Rudd.

In films, Bowen played the love interest of the title character in Happy Gilmore. Roles in other films include An American Werewolf in Paris and Multiplicity. On television, she has had guest roles on Party of Five, Strange Luck, and a recurring role on ER as the girlfriend of Dr. Carter. On the sketch comedy program Stella Shorts, Bowen played an angel in the "Raking Leaves" episode.

Perhaps Bowen's best-known role was on the television series Ed, where she played high school English teacher Carol Vessey and the love interest of the protagonist, Ed Stevens. Since then, Bowen guest starred as the character of Sarah Shephard in five episodes of Lost. In the fall of 2005, Bowen joined the cast of Boston Legal, playing attorney Denise Bauer. She left the series in 2007, but returned for guest appearances in 2008. In 2008, Bowen joined the cast of Showtime comedy Weeds playing a single mother and love interest of Silas (Hunter Parrish).

Since fall 2009, Bowen co-stars in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, playing the character of Claire Dunphy.

Bowen was a spokesmodel for Neutrogena, most recently advertising the Pure Glow products.

Personal life

Bowen is the middle child of three sisters and one half brother. Her older sister, Molly Luetkemeyer, is an interior designer who has appeared on Clean Sweep, and her younger sister, Annie Luetkemeyer, is a doctor at the University of California, San Francisco in the HIV/AIDS Division. Bowen married Scott Phillips, a software developer, on September 9, 2004; their son Oliver McLanahan Phillips was born April 10, 2007, in Los Angeles.[5]

On November 4, 2008, Bowen announced that she was pregnant for the second time. On May 8, 2009, she gave birth to twin sons, John and Gus.


Awards and Nominations

Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy-Modern Family, nominee


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