Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Highest Rated: 95% Enough Said (2013)

Lowest Rated: 13% Soul Man (1986)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1961

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus enjoyed an extraordinary run of success on television for more than two decades, first as one of the stars of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and later as the multi-Emmy-winner lead in the acclaimed comedies "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS, 2006-2010) and "Veep" (HBO, 2011-19). Born Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus on January 13, 1961 in the New York borough of Manhattan, she was the daughter of writer Judith LeFever and French-born Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and when Louis-Dreyfus was eight, her mother relocated to Washington, D.C where she married L. Thompson Bowles, dean of the George Washington University Medical School. Bowles' work with Project HOPE took him and his family to various corners of the globe, providing Louis-Dreyfus with a childhood filled with international travel. But she remained in the United States long enough to graduate from the Holton-Arms School, which she followed with theater and performance studies at Northwestern University. While there, she also performed with the Waa-Mu (later Mee-Ow) Show, an improvisational comedy troupe that also counted fellow "Saturday Night Live" alums Seth Meyers and Ana Gasteyer among its former members. She also appeared with Chicago's famed Second City improv group, as well as the Practical Theatre Company, an improv group founded by fellow Northwestern student Brad Hall. The group's 1982 show, "The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee," caught the attention of "Saturday Night Live" producers Dick Ebersol and Bob Tischler, who hired Louis-Dreyfus, Hall and castmates Gary Kroeger and Paul Barosse to join the NBC series' main cast. Louis-Dreyfus dropped out of Northwestern to appear on "SNL" in 1982, and would remain with the series until 1985. Though her tenure there was brief, she did meet Larry David, who was writing for the show during her third and final year. Upon leaving "SNL," Louis-Dreyfus married Hall in 1987 and made appearances in several feature films, including Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and "Soul Man" (1986), and co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Day By Day" (1988-1990). When the series ran its course, Louis-Dreyfus was tapped by David and comedian Jerry Seinfeld to join the cast of their sitcom, "Seinfeld," which lacked a central female character amidst its trio of male leads. As the vain, dance-challenged Elaine Benes, Louis-Dreyfus more than held her own against Seinfeld, fellow comic Michael Richards and actor Jason Alexander, and netted seven Emmy nominations, winning one in 1996, as well as a Golden Globe in 1994 and three Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Between seasons, Louis-Dreyfus made occasional forays into feature films, most notably in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" (1997) and the Disney/Pixar animated film "A Bug's Life" (1998) but "Seinfeld" remained her most prominent showcase until its much-celebrated finale in 1998. She made her first foray as star of her own series in 2002 with "Watching Ellie" (NBC, 2002-03), a sitcom created by Hall and starring Louis-Dreyfus as a jazz singer, but the show garnered mixed reviews and was canceled in its second season. Undaunted, she returned to television in 2006, this time for CBS and the sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (2006-2010), about a divorced woman balancing her job, family relationships and a friendship with her ex-husband (Clark Gregg) and his new wife. "Christine" proved to be a substantial hit that not only dispelled the "Seinfeld curse" - so named because of the run of bad career luck experienced by Richards and Alexander - but also confirmed her status as a leading comic talent on television. She would net five consecutive Emmy nominations, winning one in 2006, and when the series ran its course in 2010, Louis-Dreyfus settled into a remarkable streak of creative and career successes, beginning in 2011 with "Veep." The HBO comedy series, created by Armando Ianucci and based on his UK series "The Thick of It" (BBC Four/Two, 2005-2012), starred Louis-Dreyfus as the foul-mouthed, all-too-human Vice President (and later, presidential candidate) of the United States, and earned nearly universal positive reviews for its acerbic writing and Louis-Dreyfus's performance. She would set records with six Emmy Awards for "Veep," as well as two Screen Actors Guild Awards, which brought her total of the latter laurel to nine. Between "Veep" seasons, Louis-Dreyfus kept busy with feature films, including a rare leading turn in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" (2013), with Louis-Dreyfus as a masseuse caught between a friendship with a client (Catherine Keener) and a relationship with her ex (James Gandolfini). In the midst of so much praise, Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she had breast cancer in 2017, but underwent treatment and announced that she was free of the disease in 2018. The following year, she returned to Disney/Pixar to lend her voice to their animated feature "Onward."

Highest rated movies

Enough Said
Hannah and Her Sisters
Deconstructing Harry
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Downhill Troll
Jack the Bear
Fathers' Day

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
88% 95% Onward Laurel Lightfoot (Voice) $60.4M 2020
38% 14% Downhill Billie (Character),
Producer
$8.3M 2020
95% 75% Enough Said Eva (Character) $17.5M 2013
25% 49% Planes Rochelle (Voice) $90.3M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Picture Paris Ellen Larson (Character),
Producer
- 2011
No Score Yet 52% Geppetto Blue Fairy (Character) - 2000
40% 38% Animal Farm Mollie (Voice) - 1999
92% 73% A Bug's Life Atta (Voice) $162.8M 1998
25% 26% Fathers' Day Carrie Lawrence (Character) $28.7M 1997
73% 82% Deconstructing Harry Leslie (Character) $10.7M 1997
No Score Yet 50% London Suite Debra Dolby (Character) - 1996
14% 27% North North's Mom (Character) $6.6M 1994
29% 59% Jack the Bear Peggy Etinger (Character) $4.7M 1991
67% 86% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Margo Chester (Character) $70.0M 1989
30% 28% Troll Jeanette Cooper (Character) $4.5M 1986
13% 34% Soul Man Lisa Stimson (Character) $27.3M 1986
91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Mary (Character) $37.3M 1986

TV

Credit
89% 82% The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013 2017 2020
No Score Yet 55% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2019-2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2020
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012-2013 2017 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2012-2014 2016 2019-2020
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 41% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2016 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2010 2012-2015 2017-2019
93% 91% Veep Selina Meyer (Character),
Producer
2012-2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2008 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jess Cagle Interview Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunday Today With Willie Geist Guest 2017
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hollywood Masters Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stars in Shorts Ellen Larson (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shots Unknown (Character) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013 2016
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character),
Host
1982-1985 2006-2007 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2015
No Score Yet 88% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
98% 78% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Insider Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Piers Morgan Tonight Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012
78% 93% 30 Rock Liz Lemon (Guest Star) 2010
89% 82% The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell (Character) 2006-2010
92% 94% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2000-2001 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2008-2009
31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
85% 76% The Simpsons Gloria (Guest Voice) 2001 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2007
74% 81% Arrested Development Maggie Lizer (Guest Star) 2004-2005
32% No Score Yet Watching Ellie Eleanor "Ellie" RIggs (Character) 2002-2003
89% 93% Seinfeld Elaine Benes (Character) 1990-1998
No Score Yet 100% Hey Arnold! Unknown (Guest Voice) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
91% 91% Dinosaurs Heather Worthington (Guest Voice) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day by Day Eileen Swift (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet 100% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1988