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Julia Louis-Dreyfus



Like other Saturday Night Live alumni, Julia Louis-Dreyfus made the move to feature films, but she achieved true stardom on TV as Seinfeld's inimitable Elaine Benes. Born to an affluent family and raised in Washington, D.C., Louis-Dreyfus studied theater at Northwestern University. Along with working as a member of The Practical Theater Company, Louis-Dreyfus cut her sharp comic teeth as part of Chicago's Second City troupe. She soon followed in the footsteps of prior Second City-ers John Belushi and Bill Murray, joining the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985 (along with Northwestern classmate and eventual husband Brad Hall). Louis-Dreyfus bounced to films with appearances in Soul Man (1986), Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), before returning to TV on the second episode of a low-rated NBC primetime sitcom starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld in 1990.



As Jerry's ex-girlfriend-turned-pal Elaine, Louis-Dreyfus proved that she could hold her own as the sole female member of Seinfeld's do-nothing quartet of neurotic New Yorkers. With her "big wall of hair," signature shoes and penchant for over-enthusiastic exclamations, Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine was no mere foil, but rather a full participant in the show's increasingly popular, irony-laden comic shenanigans. Along with winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1996, Louis-Dreyfus won the Golden Globe in 1994 and the Screen Actor's Guild award in 1997 and 1998. During Seinfeld's phenomenally successful nine-year run, Louis-Dreyfus also played supporting roles in North (1994), Father's Day (1997), and as a libidinous sister in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997). After Seinfeld went off the air in 1998, Dreyfus took some time off from appearing in front of the camera to spend time with her husband and two sons, but she did the voice of Princess Atta in the Pixar animated blockbuster A Bug's Life (1998).



Louis-Dreyfus subsequently returned to TV as the Blue Fairy in the TV movie musical Gepetto (2000) before attempting another sitcom. After two of her Seinfeld co-stars failed to make their own series fly in 2000 and 2001, Louis-Dreyfus opted for a non-traditional approach, playing a struggling lounge singer in the real time, laugh track free Watching Ellie in 2002. Louis-Dreyfus would continue to remain one of the most beloved comedic actresses in TV, starring on The New Adventures of Old Christine, and the political satire Veep.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
96% Enough Said
  • Eva
2013
25% Planes
  • Rochelle
2013
No Score Yet Picture Paris
  • Ellen Larson
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet North
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet London Suite
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Love and Support
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Geppetto
  • The Blue Fairy
2000
40% Animal Farm
  • Mollie
1999
92% A Bug's Life
  • Princess Atta
1998
71% Deconstructing Harry
  • Leslie
1997
25% Fathers' Day
  • Carrie Lawrence
1997
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'London Suite'
  • Debra Dolby
1996
15% North
  • North's Mom
1994
29% Jack the Bear
  • Peggy Etinger
1993
64% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Margo Chester
1989
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Mary
1986
25% Troll
  • Jeannette Cooper
1986
No Score Yet Nagoyqatsi
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
  • Christine
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
90% Veep
2012-2016
  • Selina Meyer Sen. Selina Meyer
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
Lass es, Larry!
2000-2011
  • Herself
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Maggie Lizer Maggie
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Producer
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Herself
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Liz Lemon
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
85% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Host
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Elaine Benes

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