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Also Known As: Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus Died:
Born: January 13, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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After receiving her start as a regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during the early 1980s, comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was forever immortalized as the assertive, serial-dating, awkward-dancing spongeophile Elaine Benes on the iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Prior to her superstardom gained from the show, Louis-Dreyfus made her feature debut with a minor role in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), and followed with rather ignominious appearances in "Soul Man" (1986) and "Troll" (1986). She had her first regular sitcom role on the short-lived "Day by Day" (NBC, 1988-89) and had a memorable supporting turn as a snobby neighbor in "Christmas Vacation" (1989) before joining the cast of "Seinfeld," due in large part to network pressure that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a female character to the male-centric series. For nine seasons, Louis-Dreyfus portrayed the insecure, but brutally honest Elaine with intelligence and biting humor, and held her own with her equally eccentric male counterparts (Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards), while earning numerous awards for her performance. Once the series famously ended, Louis-Dreyfus...

After receiving her start as a regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during the early 1980s, comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was forever immortalized as the assertive, serial-dating, awkward-dancing spongeophile Elaine Benes on the iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Prior to her superstardom gained from the show, Louis-Dreyfus made her feature debut with a minor role in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), and followed with rather ignominious appearances in "Soul Man" (1986) and "Troll" (1986). She had her first regular sitcom role on the short-lived "Day by Day" (NBC, 1988-89) and had a memorable supporting turn as a snobby neighbor in "Christmas Vacation" (1989) before joining the cast of "Seinfeld," due in large part to network pressure that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a female character to the male-centric series. For nine seasons, Louis-Dreyfus portrayed the insecure, but brutally honest Elaine with intelligence and biting humor, and held her own with her equally eccentric male counterparts (Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards), while earning numerous awards for her performance. Once the series famously ended, Louis-Dreyfus kept a relatively low profiled until returning to network television with her own sitcom, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS, 2006-2010), which demonstrated that she was free of the alleged "'Seinfeld' curse" that plagued her co-stars' subsequent projects while proving that she was one of television's most popular performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Planes (2013)
2.
 Enough Said (2013)
3.
 Naqoyqatsi (2002)
4.
 Queen of the Whole Wide World (2001) Herself (Cameo Appearance)
5.
 Geppetto (2000) Blue Fairy
6.
 Animal Farm (1999) Voice Of Mollie
7.
 Bug's Life, A (1998) Voice Of Princess Atta
8.
 Fathers' Day (1997) Carrie Lawrence
9.
 Deconstructing Harry (1997) Leslie
10.
 Good Money (1996)
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Raised in Washington, DC
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Member of the Practical Theatre company in Chicago
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Member of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe
1982:
TV debut as a regular on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1986:
Feature debut in "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1987:
Co-starred in "The Art of Being Nick"; an unsold sitcom pilot for a "Family Ties" spinoff
1988:
Starred on the TV series "Day By Day" (NBC)
1990:
Cast in breakthrough role as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (NBC); received Golden Globe (1995), SAG (1995, 1996, 1999) and Emmy (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
1997:
Landed small role in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Voiced the character of Princess Atta in the computer animated feature "A Bug's Life"
2000:
Returned to TV as the Blue Fairy in the ABC musical "Geppetto"; accepted the role as it offered a chance to sing and dance
2000:
Appeared on "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as a fictional version of herself; reunited with the other three principal "Seinfeld" cast members on several episodes
2002:
Starred on short-lived sitcom "Watching Ellie" (NBC)
2004:
Landed a recurring role as the compulsively lying prosecutor Maggie Lizer on "Arrested Development" (Fox)
2006:
Starred as the anxiety-riddled divorced mom on the CBS sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine"; received Golden Globe (2006), SAG (2006, 2009) and Emmy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2010:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2012:
Starred on HBO's "Veep" as the hapless yet well-meaning U.S. vice president Selina Meyer
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
Holton-Arms School: Bethesda , Maryland -

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husband:
Brad Hall. Actor, writer, producer. Worked together on "Saturday Night Live"; produced the TV series "Brooklyn Bridge"; married in 1987; together since c. 1981; attended Northwestern University with Louis-Dreyfus.

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great-great-grandfather:
Leopold Louis-Dreyfus. Businessman. French; founded international firm, The Louis Dreyfus Group.
father:
William Louis-Dreyfus. Lawyer, businessman. Divorced from first wife when Louis-Dreyfus was one; chairman of Louis Dreyfus Group.
mother:
Judith Bowles. Tutor. Divorced from Louis-Dreyfus' father when Louis-Dreyfus was one; worked as private tutor to children with special needs.
step-mother:
Phyllis Louis-Dreyfus.
step-father:
L Thompson Bowles.
sister:
Phoebe Louis-Dreyfus. Social worker. Younger; born c. 1968.
half-sister:
Lauren Bowles. Actor. Co-starred on "Watching Ellie".
son:
Henry Hall. Born c. 1992.
son:
Charles Hall. Born May 30, 1997.
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