Born: 13 January 1961
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Best known as: Elaine on the sitcom Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the comedian who has starred in the long-running series Seinfeld
(1990-98) and Veep
(beginning in 2012). Julia Louis-Dreyfus got her start in big-time comedy at Chicago's Second City club, and was a regular on TV's Saturday Night Live
from 1982-85. She made her movie debut in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters
in 1986, but her future was in TV. She played Elaine Benes, the slightly neurotic ex-girlfriend and pal of Jerry Seinfeld
, on the now-iconic sitcom Seinfeld
from 1990-98. (Their co-stars included Michael Richards
as Kramer and Jason Alexander
as George Costanza.) That show endures in reruns and has become one of the most famous sitcoms of all time. After Seinfeld
ended in 1998, Julia-Louis Dreyfus starred in a series of her own shows: in the short-lived sitcom Watching Ellie
in 2002, then as a divorced mom in another new sitcom, The New Adventures of Old Christine
(2006-10), and finally as an anxious and ambitious vice president of the United States in the comedy Veep
. For Seinfeld
she was nominated for an Emmy Award seven times and won once, in 1996; for Christine
she was nominated for an Emmy five times and won once; for Veep
she has been nominated and won the Emmy five times as outstanding actress in a comedy series, in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. As a producer of Veep
, she also was given two Emmys as the show was named the outstanding comedy series of both 2015 and 2016.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus married fellow SNL alumnus Brad Hall in 1987. They have two children together: Henry (born 1992) and Charles (b. 1997)… Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of billionaire French businessman Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. He was the longtime chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, part of a conglomerate founded in 1851 by his great-grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus… Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s half-sister Lauren Bowles (they share the same mother) is also an actress.
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