Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Her role as Elaine Marie Benes on TV series Seinfeld (1998)

Background:

American actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who started out in two
Chicago-based theater groups: The Practical Theater Company and the Second City
troupe, shot to stardom as the self-seeking, ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes in the
hit NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” (1990-1998). Louis-Dreyfus’ spectacular performance
was highly praised and she earned a number of awards, including three Viewers
for Quality Television awards, an American Television award, an Emmy award, two
Golden Globe awards and seven Screen Actors Guild awards. After the huge
success, however, the former regular cast member of “Saturday Night Live” had
trouble finding popularity in other roles even though she starred in her own
sitcom, the quickly-cancelled “Watching Ellie” (2002). She now plays a divorced
mother searching for love in the CBS sitcom ““The New Adventures of Old
Christine” (2006-?), which was ranked as the most watched show in its time
period. As for film, Louis-Dreyfus has dotted her resume with such movies as
Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Soul Man (1986), Jack the Bear
(1993), North (1994), Fathers’ Day (1997) and Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry
(1997).

“Definitely, the best thing that ever happened to me was having my children.
It’s quite clear to me it’s the meaning of life. I want to be there. Even when I
was working, I was with them.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus
One of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” (1998),
Louis-Dreyfus, who was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority while in college,
married her college-sweetheart, actor/writer Brad Hall in 1987 and has two sons
with him. She now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and sons.


Little Yum-Yum

Childhood and Family:

Daughter to French billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus and Judith Bowles, a private
tutor, Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfuss, who would later be famous as
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was born on January 13, 1961, in New York, New York, but
grew up in Washington, D.C. Her parents separated when Julia was only one year
old and both of them remarried. She has a younger sister named Phoebe
Louis-Dreyfus (born in 1968) and is half-sister to Lauren Bowles, an actress who
costarred with Julia in “Watching Ellie.” Julia’s paternal grandfather, Pierre
Louis-Dreyfus, was French-Jewish and battled in the French Resistance during
World War II, and her cousin, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, is the ex-owner of Adidas
(1993-2001) and the recent owner of the French football club Olympique de
Marseille.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who earned the nickname Little Yum-Yum from her Seinfeld
co-stars, attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, and then studied
theater at Chicago’s Northwestern University. She went on to hone in on her
craft at The Practical Theater Company and Chicago’s Second City troupe. In
1987, Julia married actor/writer Brad Hall, whom she met while the two were
students at Northwestern University. The couple shares two sons, Henry Hall
(born in 1992) and Charles Hall (born on May 30, 1997).


The New Adventures of Old Christine

Career:

Born to a wealthy family, the New York-born, Washington, D.C. raised Julia
Louis-Dreyfus became highly involved in theater when she was a drama student at
Northwestern University. She then sharpened her comic skills by joining two
Chicago-based theater groups: the Practical Theater Company and the Second City
comedy troupe. Moving back to New York, she joined the cast of the popular NBC
sketch comedy “Saturday Night Live” in 1982, following in the footsteps of John
Belushi and Bill Murray. She left the show in 1985 to pursue a career in film.


A year after the departure, Louis-Dreyfus made her film debut in the family film
Troll (1986), for director John Carl Buechler, and followed that up with small
roles in the Woody Allen-helmed Hannah and Her Sisters, and Steve Miner’s Soul
Man (also in 1986). Still in 1986, she returned to television, playing the
costarring role of Rachel in the unsold sitcom pilot for a “Family Ties”
spin-off, “The Art of Being Nick,” and continued with another regular role, as
Eileen Swift, in the short-lived comedy “Day by Day” (1988-89). She also made a
one episode appearance in “Family Ties” (1988). In 1989, she acted in the comedy
movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which starred Chevy Chase and
Beverly D’Angelo.

However, Louis-Dreyfus did not find real success until she was hired to star in
the NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” (1990-1998), playing Jerry Seinfeld’s former
girlfriend-turned-pal Elaine Benes. The series was a massive hit and
Louis-Dreyfus became a household name. During her impressive nine-year stint
with the show, Louis-Dreyfus was handed countless award such as Viewers for
Quality Television for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series in
1992, 1992 and 1993, an American Television for Best Supporting Actress/Comedy
in 1993, five American Comedy awards for Funniest Supporting Female (Television)
in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998, two Golden Globes for Best Supporting
Actress in a Series Miniseries or Telefilm in 1993 and 1994, a 1996 Emmy for
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and seven Screen Actors Guilds
in the categories of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy
Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1994,
1996, 1997 and in 1998.

While enjoying a successful career on TV, Louis-Dreyfus also continued to pursue
her film career. After playing Danny De Vito’s sympathetic assistant in the 1993
film Jack the Bear, she was paired with “Seinfeld” co-star Jason Alexander to
play the troubled parents of a little boy in the disappointing North (1994),
directed by Rob Reiner. She then costarred with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
in the unsatisfactory Fathers’ Day (1997) and was cast as the libidinous sister
in the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry (also in 1997). She
also did voice over work for the computer animated film A Bug’s Life (1998),
wherein she provided the voice of Princess Atta. In addition to film, she also
starred in the made-for-TV film London Suite (1996) and lent her voice for the
television film Animal Farm (1999, voiced Mollie).

After Seinfeld ended in 1999, Louis-Dreyfus returned to TV in 2000 with the
costarring role of the Blue Fairy, opposite Drew Carey as Geppetto, in the
musical film Geppetto before making her comeback to television serials with the
NBC sitcom “Watching Ellie” two years later, where she starred as besieged
lounge singer Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Riggs. Unlike its predecessor, the show was soon
axed by the network due to its low rating. Despite the failure, Louis-Dreyfus
delivered a memorable recurring guest role as the impulsively deceitful
prosecutor Maggie Lizer in the Mitchell Hurwitz-created show “Arrested
Development” (2004-05), starring Jason Bateman.

45-year-old Louis-Dreyfus currently stars as a newly divorced mom looking for
love in the new comedy series “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006-?).
Aired by CBS, the series is reportedly the most watched show in its time period,
with an average of 15.3 million viewers overall.


Awards:

American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series,
Seinfeld, 1998
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Comedy Series, Seinfeld, 1998
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Series, Seinfeld, 1998
American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television
Series, Seinfeld, 1997
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Comedy Series, Seinfeld, 1997
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Series, Seinfeld, 1997
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series,
Seinfeld, 1996
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy
Series, Seinfeld, 1996
Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Seinfeld,
1995/96
American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series,
Seinfeld, 1995
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy
Series, Seinfeld, 1994
American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Actress in a Television Series,
Seinfeld, 1994
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Supporting Actress in a Quality
Comedy Series, Seinfeld, 1994
Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a
Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Seinfeld, 1994
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Supporting Actress in a Quality
Comedy Series, Seinfeld, 1993
Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress in a Series Miniseries or Telefilm,
Seinfeld, 1993
American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Female (Television), Seinfeld, 1993
American Television: Best Supporting Actress/Comedy, Seinfeld, 1993
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Supporting Actress in a Quality
Comedy Series, Seinfeld, 1992
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