Julia Louis-Dreyfus


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.) She then 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 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 three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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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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