JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus                                             
Born: 13 January 1961 New York City, New York, United States                             
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus (born January 13, 1961) is an Emmy-,               
Golden Globe-, and SAG Award-winning American actress and comedian who gained             
popularity playing the role of Elaine Benes on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld in the             
1990s. She currently stars in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.         
Louis-Dreyfus was born in New York City to a wealthy family known for owning the         
Louis Dreyfus Group, a French commodities trading and merchandising firm. Her             
mother, Judith, is a writer, and her French father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (who           
changed his name to William in the 1940s), is an attorney and business executive.         
Her parents divorced during her childhood and her mother was remarried to L.             
Thompson Bowles. Louis-Dreyfus's paternal grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus,             
was a French Jew who was a member of the French Resistance during World War II;           
he was the grandson of Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, who founded the Louis-Dreyfus             
Group. Her cousin, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, is the former CEO of Adidas (1993–2001)       
and the current owner of the Olympique de Marseille football team; another               
cousin, Kaitlin Coble, is Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2007. Julia's half-sister         
Lauren Bowles--the daughter of Judith and Thompson Bowles--is an actress who             
appeared with her on The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as acting on           
Veronica Mars and the film Ghost World.                                                   
Louis-Dreyfus spent her childhood in several countries, living with her mother           
and stepfather. She was later raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated                 
from the Holton-Arms School. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston,           
Illinois, where she studied theater and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority         
which she left after a semester of membership. She did not graduate from                 
Northwestern and dropped out to pursue her career. She was, however, awarded             
an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 2007. Since             
1987, she has been married to actor/writer Brad Hall, whom she met while they             
were students at Northwestern. Hall also worked on SNL. They have two sons,               
Henry (born 1992) and Charles (born 1997).                                               
Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985.           
While on SNL, she met writer Larry David, who would later co-create Seinfeld.             
Louis-Dreyfus also appeared in a few sitcoms and films over the years, but is             
best known for her nine-season role as "Elaine Benes" on NBC's Seinfeld from             
1990 to 1998, appearing in all but three episodes. On the "Notes About                   
Nothing," on the Season 1-2 DVD, Jerry Seinfeld notes that Louis-Dreyfus'                 
ability to eat a peanut M&M without cracking the peanut aptly describes the               
actress: She cracks you up without breaking your nuts."                                   
After Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus began a new NBC sitcom, Watching Ellie, which was           
canceled after two abbreviated seasons. She had a notable recurring guest role           
as the deceitful prosecutor Maggie Lizer on Arrested Development. Louis-Dreyfus           
came to be seen as a victim of "the Seinfeld Curse", a term applied to typecast           
actors who, after appearing in an enormously popular television series or movie,         
have trouble finding popularity in other roles. However, her newer series, The           
New Adventures of Old Christine, received high ratings and Louis-Dreyfus won the         
Lead Actress Emmy Award for her work on the show's first season.                         
She returned to host Saturday Night Live on May 13, 2006, becoming the first             
former female cast member to return as host (Gilda Radner was supposed to host           
in the 1987-88 season (season 13), but a writers' strike cut the season short             
and Radner died of ovarian cancer a year later). Louis-Dreyfus appeared with             
former Seinfeld mates Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld in the opening                   
monologue, parodying the so-called "Seinfeld Curse". She mocked the curse once           
again while accepting her Emmy award in 2006. Louis-Dreyfus made SNL history             
again when she became the first former female castmember to host SNL a second             
time, on March 17, 2007.                                                                 
She has also appeared 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. That storyline expanded on Seinfeld's "show about nothing" theme by               
twisting it into a "show about a show about a show about nothing".