Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Actress, comedian
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian and producer, well known for her roles in Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and her current series Veep. She is also the voice of Atta in A Bug's Life. She was one of the regular cast members of Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. She was later cast in the role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, for which she achieved critical and commercial success.
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Hear 11 Celebrities Take A Stand On Politics At The SAG Awards
Huffington Post - 25 days
1. David Harbour (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, “Stranger Things”) 2. Mahershala Ali (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, “Moonlight”) 3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, “Veep”) 4. Bryan Cranston (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, “All The Way”) 5. Common and Sophia Bush (Presenters for Male Actor in a Drama Series) 6. Lily Tomlin (Lifetime Achievement Award) 7. William H. Macy (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, “Shameless”) 8. Taylor Schilling (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”) 9. Ashton Kutcher (Presenter for Female Actor in a Comedy Series) 10. Sarah Paulson (Outstanding Performance by a F ...
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Exclusive backstage photos: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emma Stone, the 'Hidden Figures' cast and more at the SAG Awards
LATimes - 27 days
2017 Awards season: 'Stranger Things' and 'Hidden Figures' take top SAG Awards prizes Jan. 29, 2017, 9:45 p.m. "Hidden Figures," "Stranger Things" and "Orange Is the New Black" took home the top ensemble prizes at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the event was a celebration of actors...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Vogue, by MARIA WARD. This week, Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrated her 56th birthday. You may think you know her well, after seeing her on your living room TV screen for decades, but did you know that the award-winning actress got her first taste of comedy at age 3? It was midway through a dance class, when a wee Louis-Dreyfus forgot the steps to her routine and was delighted to find that it made people laugh: “Of course, my mother was mortified, but I thought it was real good! And I stuck with that choreography for the rest of the class,” she once told a reporter. Here, in honor of her birthday, five other things you may not have known about Julia Louis-Dreyfus. 1. Seinfeld writers thought Elaine’s dance moves might kill Louis-Dreyfus’s career. Show writer Spike Feresten later told The Huffington Post that Seinfeld creator Larry David was not a fan of the eighth season episode “The Little Kicks,” in which Elaine dances; he only got approval on the story line after David left. ...
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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This 'Nasty' T-Shirt Has Raised Over $100,000 For Planned Parenthood
Huffington Post - 2 months
: @itsraissaferrari A photo posted by Google Ghost (@googleghostpress) on Nov 17, 2016 at 8:23am PST Nasty women look damn good when we start the revolution.  After Donald Trump muttered “nasty woman” at Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate, the phrase quickly became a rallying cry for feminists and Clinton supporters across the country. A website titled nastywomengetshitdone.com was created that redirected to Hillary Clinton’s official website; Etsy stores created “nasty woman” merchandise; people proudly tweeted why they, too, are nasty women.  Within hours of that final debate, clothing store Google Ghost created a simple white t-shirt emblazoned with the words “NASTY WOMAN” in a pink heart, with 50 percent of the profits going directly to Planned Parenthood.  Two months later, Google Ghost has raised over $100,000 for Planned Parenthood. “I didn’t think I’d sell very many, maybe four or five,” Amanda, the shirt’s creator, tol ...
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Julia Louis Dreyfus wins Best Reaction to Golden Globe nomination
CNN - 2 months
And the award for Best Reaction to a Golden Globe nomination goes to Julia Louis Dreyfus.
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It Could Be Decades Before We Say 'Madam President'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Are you surprised that America elected a black president before a female president? Given the history of servitude, institutional racism and implicit bias that blacks have experienced, you might think that the odds tilt heavily in favor of women when it comes to electing a president.  But you’d be wrong. Black men were granted the right to vote decades before women. In 1870, the 15th Amendment granted citizens the right to vote regardless of their “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In 1920, the 19th Amendment finally granted voting rights not just to men but to all citizens. Black citizens had 50 years to figure out our political system before women could even vote. But time alone doesn’t completely explain the advantage blacks have over women on Election Day. Social science tells us that the traits of a strong leader like assertiveness, dominance and confidence are more likely to be masculine traits than feminine traits. In fact, our research has found that ...
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Interview: Al Gore on commiserating with Hillary, fake news, and Trump's climate views
Yahoo News - 3 months
Imagine being a fly on this wall: Former vice president Al Gore commiserated with Hillary Clinton about her unexpected presidential election loss, he told Mashable in a recent interview.  On the election, if there is anyone who can empathize with Clinton's predicament, it's Gore—the only other living person who earned more popular votes while also losing the Electoral College, and therefore, the presidency, when he ran in 2000 against George W. Bush.  Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by former Vice President Al Gore, left, takes the stage for a rally in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Image: andrew harnik/ap “I spoke to her in general terms after the election, just because of our relationship, and just commiserated with her," Gore told Mashable in an interview on Sunday. The former vice-president, a vocal proponent of Clinton during the 2016 election, also campaigned for her in Florida, Colorado and other key states over the last year. "But I’m not sure she needs advice from me on ho ...
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Political Shows You Should Have Been Watching This Election Season
Huffington Post - 4 months
In light of the political climate in America right now there is an overwhelming amount of political coverage on television. From the news to comedy shows and right down to your favorite television series. Each candidate has given entertainment/comedy writers across the country so much material to work from and it has created great television. There are also a lot of shows with seasons and episodes pre-written before this election that has become reality during the election season. If you are a political junkie who will be looking for your next fix after the election here are some political shows currently out now that are sure to satisfy your needs. House Of Cards Kevin Spacy brings scheming politician Frank Underwood to life in this Netflix Drama. After Frank Underwood did not get the Secretary of State position that he wanted he plans to get into a position of power higher than what he originally aimed for by any means necessary. Even though Frank Underwood can't be compared to ...
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus backs Clinton for climate stance
CNN - 4 months
A fictional president of the United States is urging climate-conscious voters to make Hillary Clinton president.
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Emmy Awards: Spotlight On Diversity
Huffington Post - 5 months
As I watched the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday evening, I had to take several deep breaths to calm myself down from the excitement of it all. Though we are living in a media landscape with many more diverse characters and actors on television than ever before, when it comes to many award shows, these representations are often sidelined by productions created by and starring white, cisgender men, with the occasional featured actress who sometimes does not say enough to pass the Bechdel test. If you think I'm taking a dig at the Oscars, you're absolutely right. But this year's Emmy Awards distinguished itself from the Oscars in more ways than one. Eighteen actors of color were nominated between the lead and featured actor categories, which is eighteen more than the Oscars and seven more than last year's Emmy Awards. LGBT people and characters were also quite represented among the nominees. Of the combined fourteen series nominated for Best Drama and Best Comedy, ten featured ...
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Richard Dreyfuss Addresses Concerns After Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy Speech
ABC News - 5 months
She announced her father died on Friday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    On April 16, 2016 she hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time with musical guest Nick Jonas.
    More Details Hide Details During the episode's cold open, she reprised her role of Elaine Benes from Seinfeld. Louis-Dreyfus's maternal half-sister, Lauren Bowles (born 1970), is an actress, who has appeared with Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld, Watching Ellie, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep. She also has two half-sisters on her father's side, Phoebe (born 1968) and Emma (born 1974). Robert Louis-Dreyfus (1946–2009), one of her cousins, was former CEO of Adidas and owner of the Olympique de Marseille football club.
    In 2016, Time named Louis-Dreyfus one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.
    More Details Hide Details Louis-Dreyfus was born in New York City. Her mother, Judith (née LeFever), was a writer and special needs tutor, and her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (1932–2016), chaired Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, who in 1851 founded the Louis Dreyfus Group, a French commodities and shipping conglomerate, which members of her family control to this day. Her paternal grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus (1908–2011), was president of the Louis Dreyfus Group; he remained in France during World War II, fighting as a cavalry officer and later in the French Resistance. During this time, her American-born paternal grandmother moved her father to America from France. Her paternal grandmother, Dolores (née Neubauer), and Julia's mother, were American. Though her paternal grandmother was born in America, her father was Brazilian and her mother Mexican. Her paternal grandfather was from an Alsatian Jewish family.
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In November 2015, she starred in an Old Navy TV commercial with Kumail Nanjiani and Snoop Dogg.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    She also starred in the film Enough Said, directed by Nicole Holofcener, which was released on September 18, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details This marked her debut as a lead actress in a full-length feature film. The film received rave reviews from movie critics, ranking among the best-reviewed films of 2013. The website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 96% based on 152 reviews, many of them praising Louis-Dreyfus' performance. She received a number of Best Actress nominations for her role in the film at award ceremonies, including the Golden Globe Awards, Satellite Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the American Comedy Awards. Since December 2014, Louis-Dreyfus has appeared in a series of television commercials for Old Navy.
    Louis-Dreyfus lent her voice to the 2013 animated film Planes, in the role of Rochelle.
    More Details Hide Details To date, the film has grossed well over $200 million at the box office worldwide.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    She has also been nominated as one of the producers for Veep in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series category in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but the show lost to Modern Family on all three occasions.
    More Details Hide Details The show won the Comedy Series award in 2015. Her performance has additionally garnered her four consecutive Satellite Award nominations and four consecutive Golden Globe Award nominations.
    For her performance on Veep, Louis-Dreyfus has received several accolades, including the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, the 2013 and 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the 2014 Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy.
    More Details Hide Details Her Emmy-winning performance on Veep resulted in her becoming the only woman to win an acting award for three separate comedy series. Her six Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series surpassed Mary Tyler Moore and Candice Bergen for the most wins in that category. Her Emmy nomination in 2013 marked her 14th acting nomination, surpassing the record long-held by Lucille Ball.
    Following the success of the first season, Louis-Dreyfus was named by the Huffington Post as one of the funniest people of 2012, asserting that she is the "most magnetic and naturally funny woman on TV since Mary Tyler Moore."
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  • 2011
    Age 50
    In early 2011, HBO confirmed that Louis-Dreyfus had been cast in the lead role of U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer in a new satirical comedy series entitled Veep.
    More Details Hide Details The series was commissioned for a first season of eight episodes. It was announced, in addition to her starring role, Louis-Dreyfus would also serve as a producer of the series. In preparation for her role, Louis-Dreyfus spoke with several former vice presidents, including Al Gore. Louis-Dreyfus has publicly commended HBO for allowing the cast and crew to engage in a "protracted pre-production process", which included a six-week rehearsal period before filming began. The first season was filmed in the fall of 2011, in Baltimore, and the series premiered on April 22, 2012. The premiere episode was met with high praise from critics, particularly for Louis-Dreyfus' performance. The Hollywood Reporter asserted that the character of Selina Meyer was her "best post-Seinfeld role" to date and claimed that she gives "an Emmy-worthy effort", while the Los Angeles Times contended that the series demonstrates that she is "one of the medium's great comedians."
    In May and June 2011, Louis-Dreyfus teamed up with husband Brad Hall for her first short film, Picture Paris.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time the couple had collaborated since their early-2000s NBC comedy Watching Ellie. Hall wrote and directed the film, while Louis-Dreyfus played the lead role of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary obsession with the city of Paris. The film premiered on January 29, 2012, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and has received considerable critical acclaim. It made its television premiere on HBO on December 17, 2012.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    Louis-Dreyfus also starred in a "Women of SNL" special November 1, 2010, on NBC.
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    In fall 2010, Louis-Dreyfus made a guest appearance on the live episode of the Emmy-winning comedy 30 Rock.
    More Details Hide Details She played Tina Fey's role of Liz Lemon in the cutaway shots. Louis-Dreyfus was among several Saturday Night Live alumni appearing in the episode, including Rachel Dratch, Bill Hader, and regulars Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, and Fey herself.
    In the spring of 2010, Louis-Dreyfus guest-starred several times in the third season of the web series Web Therapy, starring Lisa Kudrow.
    More Details Hide Details Louis-Dreyfus played the sister of a self-involved therapist who gives her therapy online, and her performance earned her strong reviews. When the series made the transition to cable television on the Showtime network, Louis-Dreyfus's appearance from the web series was included in the second season, airing in July 2012.
    The following year, Louis-Dreyfus received the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, 2010, for her remarkable contribution to the broadcast television industry as both an actress and a comedian.
    More Details Hide Details Originally, the star was set with Louis-Dreyfus' name spelled incorrectly. It was missing both the 'o' and the hyphen in her last name. The star was corrected and the misspelled portion was removed and presented to the actress. Celebrity guests at the event included past and current colleagues from throughout her career, including Clark Gregg, Larry David, Eric McCormack, and Jason Alexander. Old Christine was cancelled by CBS in May 2010, after five seasons. After its cancellation from CBS, discussions were held with ABC for the show to be revived on the network, but these plans never came to fruition.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, Louis-Dreyfus was granted the honorary award for Legacy of Laughter at the TV Land Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Previous winners had included Lucille Ball and Mike Myers. She was presented with the award by friend Amy Poehler.
    In the fall of 2009, she appeared with rest of the cast of Seinfeld in four episodes of the seventh season of Larry David's sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    More Details Hide Details The reunion shows received much media attention, and the episode received strong ratings for the HBO series.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    She appeared on the series once more in the 2008 episode "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes".
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  • 2007
    Age 46
    In 2007, Louis-Dreyfus reprised her role as Gloria on The Simpsons, which she had first originated in a 2001 episode, in the episode "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    After a successful reception from her 2006 episode, Louis-Dreyfus was invited again to host SNL on March 17, 2007.
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    In May 2006, Louis-Dreyfus hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, becoming the first former female cast member to return to the show in the hosting role.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, she appeared with former Seinfeld mates Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld in her opening monologue, parodying the so-called "Seinfeld curse".
    Louis-Dreyfus additionally earned the 2006 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the first season.
    More Details Hide Details Referring to the curse, she stated in her acceptance speech, "I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this, baby!" Throughout the course of the series, she received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations, three consecutive Satellite Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. In 2007, she also received two nominations for a People's Choice Award due to her return to popularity, thanks to the success of Old Christine.
    The series debuted on CBS in March 2006 to an audience of 15 million and was initially a ratings winner for the network.
    More Details Hide Details Louis-Dreyfus also received considerable critical acclaim for her performance on the show, with Brian Lowry of Variety stating that Louis-Dreyfus broke the "Seinfeld curse" "with one of the best conventional half-hours to come along in a while." Alessandra Stanley from The New York Times asserted that Louis-Dreyfus' performance on the series proved she is "one of the funniest women on network television."
  • 2005
    Age 44
    In 2005, Louis-Dreyfus was cast in the title role of a new CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.
    More Details Hide Details The series and its concept was created by writer and producer of Will & Grace, Kari Lizer. The series told the story of Christine Campbell, a single mother who manages to maintain a fantastic relationship with her ex-husband, while running a women's gym.
  • 2004
    Age 43
    Louis-Dreyfus was interested in the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives, the role that ultimately went to Teri Hatcher. Instead, Louis-Dreyfus scored a recurring guest role as the deceitful prosecutor and love interest of Michael Bluth on the Emmy-winning comedy Arrested Development, from 2004 to 2005.
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  • 2002
    Age 41
    After several years away from a regular TV gig, Louis-Dreyfus began a new single-camera sitcom Watching Ellie, which premiered on NBC in February 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The series was created by husband Brad Hall, and co-starred Steve Carell and Louis-Dreyfus' half-sister Lauren Bowles. The initial premise of the show was to present viewers with a "slice of life" from the goings-on and happenings of the life of Ellie Riggs, a Southern California jazz singer. The first season included a 22-minute countdown kept digitally in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, which many critics panned, claiming it was useless and "did nothing for the show." Overall, the show received mixed reviews, but debuted strongly with over 16 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere, and maintained an average audience of about 10 million viewers per week. When the series returned for a second season in the spring of 2003, it suffered a decline in viewership, averaging around eight million viewers per week. The show had undergone a drastic stylistic change between production of seasons one and two. The first season was filmed in the single-camera format, but the second season was presented as a traditional multicamera sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience. With dwindling viewership and failing to retain the numbers from its Frasier lead-in, the series was cancelled by NBC in May 2003.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 40
    Following a voice role in the successful Disney Pixar's A Bug's Life, Louis-Dreyfus lent her voice as Snake's girlfriend Gloria in The Simpsons episode "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love". In 2001, she made several special guest appearances 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.
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  • 2000
    Age 39
    Louis-Dreyfus supported Al Gore's 2000 U.S. presidential bid, and also endorsed Barack Obama's bid for the presidency in 2008 and 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a video that urged President Obama to reject the proposal of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that if the pipeline ever were to leak, it would cause mass pollution across the U.S. Additionally, she has voiced her concern for several environmental issues, and has raised millions for Heal the Bay, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Trust for Public Land. She also worked for successful passage of Proposition O, which allocated US$500 million for cleaning up the Los Angeles water supply.
  • 1996
    Age 35
    In 1996, she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, an award she was nominated for on seven occasions.
    More Details Hide Details After receiving the award, Louis-Dreyfus claimed the win was a "shocker", and that after being in both positions, it was "much better to win than to lose." In 1998, Seinfeld decided to end the series after nine seasons. The series finale aired on May 14 and was one of the most watched TV events in history, with over 76 million people tuning in. During her time on Seinfeld she appeared in several films, including Fathers' Day, opposite Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, and Woody Allen's Oscar-nominated Deconstructing Harry.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    In 1988, she was cast in the NBC sitcom Day by Day, which aired for two seasons before being cancelled.
    More Details Hide Details In the early-1990s Louis-Dreyfus became famous for the role of Elaine Benes on NBC's Seinfeld. She played the role for nine seasons, appearing in all but three episodes. One of the episodes that she did not appear in was the inaugural pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles", due to the fact that her character was not initially intended to be a part of the series. It was only after the first episode that NBC executives felt the show was too male-centric, and demanded that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a woman to the cast. It was revealed in the commentary on the DVD package that the addition of a female character was the condition of commissioning the show. Louis-Dreyfus won the role over several other actresses who would also eventually enjoy their own TV success, including Patricia Heaton, Rosie O'Donnell and Megan Mullally.
  • 1987
    Age 26
    While at Northwestern, Louis-Dreyfus met future husband and Saturday Night Live comedian Brad Hall. Hall and she married in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons together, Henry, born in 1992, and Charles, born in 1997. In 2007, she was invited back to Northwestern to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Louis-Dreyfus has stated that she holds much respect for "women who are not afraid of making themselves look bad or foolish to get a laugh", and cites her acting idols as Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman. Actress Tina Fey has stated that Louis-Dreyfus served as inspiration for her character Liz Lemon on the award-winning NBC comedy series 30 Rock.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    Following her 1985 departure from SNL, Louis-Dreyfus appeared in several films, including the Woody Allen-directed Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Soul Man (1986), starring C.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas Howell; and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), in which she starred alongside fellow SNL alum Chevy Chase.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    Louis-Dreyfus was subsequently made into a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985, becoming the youngest female cast member in the history of the program at that time.
    More Details Hide Details During her time on SNL, she appeared alongside several actors who would later rise to prominence, such as Eddie Murphy, Jim Belushi, Billy Crystal, and Martin Short. It was during her tenure on SNL that she met writer Larry David, who would later co-create Seinfeld. Louis-Dreyfus has commented that her casting on SNL was a "Cinderella-getting-to-go-to-the-ball kind of experience"; however, she has also admitted that at times it was often quite tense, stating that she "didn't know how to navigate the waters of show business in general and specifically doing a live sketch-comedy show".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 18
    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. She graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland in 1979, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details There, she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and studied theatre before dropping out to take a professional acting job. As part of her comedic training, Louis-Dreyfus appeared in The Second City, one of Chicago's best-known improvisation theatre groups (whose alumni include Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Shelley Long). It was her performance with The Practical Theatre Company at their "Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee" that led to her being asked to join the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live at the age of 21.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 1
    In 1962, one year after Louis-Dreyfus's birth, her parents divorced.
    More Details Hide Details After relocating to Washington, D.C., when Julia was eight, her mother married L. Thompson Bowles, Dean of the George Washington University Medical School. During her childhood, her mother occasionally took her to Unitarian church services.
  • 1961
    Age 0
    Born on January 13, 1961.
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