Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a popular comedian actress and producer. She was born as Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus on January 13, 1961 at New York City to Judith and Gerard Louis-Dreyfus. Julia is associated to Louis Dreyfus Group, a French merchandise and shipping company since she is the paternal granddaughter of Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, the President of the company. Her paternal grandmother and her mother were both American while her paternal grandfather is a Jewish. In 1962, her parents got divorced. They moved to Washington D.C. when she was eight and shortly after, her mother re-marries to L. Thompson Bowles. She spent her childhood in various countries such as Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Columbia where his stepfather work. In 1979, Julia studied at Holton-Arms School in Maryland and later, she studied at Northwestern University in Illinois, from where she became a Delta Gamma sorority member. She also studied theatre and later dropped out to pursue her acting career.
In year 1982 to 1989, Julia started her comedic training after an appearance in the improvisational comedy project, The Second City. She also performed in the Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee of the Practical Theatre Group and this led her to be part of the very popular late-night show,
Saturday Night Live
on NBC. From there, she met Larry David, a writer, comedian and producer who is the co-creator of the television series, Seinfeld. She left the Saturday Night Live in year 1985 and appeared in various films like Hannah and Her Sisters, Soul Man and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In 1988, she was also cast in the television series, Day by Day on NBC; but the show was cancelled after airing two seasons.
During the 90’s, Julia gained her fame when she appeared as Elaine Benes, the former girlfriend of George Costanza (played by
) in the sitcom, Seinfeld. The actress appeared for nine seasons excluding three episodes and one of them is the pilot episode where she was not primarily intended to be cast in the series. But after the initial episode, The Seinfeld Chronicles, the executives of the NBC network felt that the show is too manly and had a demand to add a woman to the show. Julia got the role over various actresses like
and Rosie O’Donnell. Her performance won her critically acclaimed and became a regular in many television award shows in the 90’s. She won 5 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Award and 5 American Comedy Awards. Afterwards, she also got a Primetime Emmy Award for being the Outstanding Supporting actress in a Comedy Series; she was nominated for the same award on seven events. In March 14, 1998, the show has ended but it was one of the most watched series in the history of television since 76-million viewers tuned in. During her appearances in Seinfeld, Julia is also busy doing films like Father’s Day where she essayed the role of Carrie Lawrence opposite with
character. She was also part of the box-office comedy film, Deconstructing Harry under the direction of . Julia was also the voice behind the character of Princess Atta in the very successful film, A Bug’s Life and in an episode of
, ‘A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love’ where she voiced the character of Gloria.
In 2001, Julia made various guest appearances in the improvised television series, Curb Your Enthusiasm by Larry David. After some years, she was starred as Ellie Riggs in the sitcom, Watching Ellie which was made by her husband and also starred Lauren Bowles (Julia’s half-sister). The show was an ultimate success with over 16-million viewers on its debut and an average of 10-million viewers every week. Julia was one of the actresses chosen to bag the role of Susan Mayer on the very popular show, Desperate Housewives but
got the role. Instead, she donned a guest role as Maggie Lizer, a fraudulent prosecutor opposite with Michael Bluth in the television sitcom, Arrested Development.
In year 2005, she played the title role in the television series, The New Adventures of Old Christine as Christine Campbell. The series was nominated 9 times at the Primetime Emmy Award and Julia received the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmy Award in 2006 and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the Women’s Image Network Award in 2008. She also received various award nominations in Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Awards and People’s Choice Award.
In 2006, Julia made a comeback in an episode of the show, Saturday Night Live as a host which became a success. Year after, she was once again invited to host the same show.
In 2007, Julia voiced the same character in an episode of The Simpsons, I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and also in the episode, Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in the reunion show of Curb Your Enthusiasm along with the cast of Seinfeld. In the same year, she received the TV Land Awards’ Legacy of Laughter. In May 4, 2010, Julia got her Hollywood Walk of Fame being the 2,407th star who contribute to the small screen industry.
The show, Old Christine was cancelled in May 2010 after airing five seasons. There are plans to revived the show but it never happen. She also made some guest appearance in the 3rd season of the television series, Web Teraphy which stars
and in the live episode of the satirical television show, 30 Rock. In November 1, 2010, Julia was also featured in the Women of SNL which was aired on NBC.
In 2011, she appeared in a short HBO film, Picture Paris which was made and directed by her husband, Brad Hall. The film was shot in Paris in year 2011 and made an entry to the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. In early 2011, HBO announced that she will be part of the comedy series, Veep and played the title role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer. In preparation to her role, she spoke with the previous vice presidents of the country. The pilot episode received positive responses from the critics especially with Julia’s performance. She received various accolades like the 2012 to 2014’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Award, Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the Critics Choice Television Award and a lot more. Julia also lent her voice as the character of Rochelle in the 3D computer-animated film, Planes by Walt Disney Pictures. She was also featured in the romantic comedy film,
in 2013. The film was her debut in the big screen as a lead actress and it was ranked as the best-reviewed films of the year. She also got various Best Actress nominations in the Golden Globe Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Satellite Awards and the American Comedy Awards.
Julia was married to writer, actor and director, Brad Hall in 1987. The couple has two children namely, Henry and Charles.