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      Julia Louis-Dreyfus

      Julia Louis-Dreyfus

      Highest Rated: 100% Tuesday (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 14% North (1994)

      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

      Tuesday
      Enough Said
      You Hurt My Feelings Hannah and Her Sisters Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
      Deconstructing Harry
      National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation You People

      Photos

      Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for HBO''s VEEP 3rd Season Premiere, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA March 24, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) - Arrivals 1, The Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Winner for ''Veep'' in the press room for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Press Room, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collec Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for VEEP Panel Discussion at the 31st Annual Paleyfest 2014, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 27, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for HBO''s VEEP 3rd Season Premiere, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA March 24, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) - Arrivals 1, The Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the press room for The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) - Press Room, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA January 18, 2014. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, VEEP in the press room for The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards - PRESS ROOM, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 22, 2013. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, VEEP in the press room for The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards - PRESS ROOM, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 22, 2013. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Tony Hale,Timothy Simons,Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Matt Walsh,Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Sufe Bradshaw at arrivals for VEEP Series Premiere on HBO, Time Warner Screening Room, New York, NY April 10, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Armando Iannucci, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich at arrivals for VEEP Series Premiere on HBO, Time Warner Screening Room, New York, NY April 10, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the press room for The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) - Press Room, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA January 18, 2014. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus (wearing a Carolina Herrera gown) at arrivals for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 - Arrivals, Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Part 2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for FYC for HBO series VEEP 6th Season, Television Academy, North Hollywood, CA May 25, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for FYC for HBO series VEEP 6th Season, Television Academy, North Hollywood, CA May 25, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Julia Louise Dreyfus at arrivals for 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2017 - Arrivals, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 8, 2017. Photo By: Adrian Newton/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Drefus at arrivals for unite4:humanity Celebrating Good, Giving and Greatness Around the Globe, Sony Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, CA February 27, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Julia Louis-Dreyfus at arrivals for 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards (PGAs) - Arrivals, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 19, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Julia Louis Dreyfus at arrivals for The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) - ARRIVALS 1, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA January 18, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderbolts Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Character) - 2025
      94% 64% You Hurt My Feelings Beth (Character),
      Producer
      $3.8M 2023
      40% 34% You People Shelley (Character) - 2023
      100% No Score Yet Tuesday Zora (Character) - 2023
      83% 94% Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Character) $453.8M 2022
      88% 95% Onward Laurel Lightfoot (Voice) $60.4M 2020
      36% 14% Downhill Billie (Character),
      Producer
      $8.3M 2020
      95% 75% Enough Said Eva (Character) $17.5M 2013
      26% 49% Planes Rochelle (Voice) $90.3M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Picture Paris Ellen Larson (Character),
      Producer
      - 2011
      No Score Yet 54% Geppetto Blue Fairy (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 38% Animal Farm Mollie (Voice) - 1999
      92% 72% 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
      28% 58% Jack the Bear Peggy Etinger (Character) $4.7M 1991
      70% 86% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Margo Chester (Character) $70.0M 1989
      91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Mary (Character) $37.3M 1986
      17% 35% Soul Man Lisa Stimson (Character) $27.3M 1986
      30% 28% Troll Jeanette Cooper (Character) $4.5M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      50% 85% HouseBroken Boaracle (Guest Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2020 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2010 2012-2015 2017-2019 2023
      81% 76% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013 2017 2020 2022
      85% 82% The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Guest Star) 2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2019-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2012-2013 2017 2020
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2019-2020
      93% 90% Veep Selina Meyer (Character),
      Producer
      2012-2017 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 58% 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 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2015
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 82% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 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 Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003 2012
      78% 92% 30 Rock Liz Lemon (Guest Star) 2010
      89% 77% The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell (Character) 2006-2010
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2000-2001 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
      31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show 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
      75% 85% Arrested Development Maggie Lizer (Guest Star) 2004-2005
      32% No Score Yet Watching Ellie Eleanor "Ellie" RIggs (Character) 2002-2003
      89% 92% Seinfeld Elaine Benes (Character) 1990-1998
      No Score Yet 95% Hey Arnold! Unknown (Guest Voice) 1997
      75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      91% 79% Dinosaurs Heather Worthington (Guest Voice) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Day by Day Eileen Swift (Character) 1988-1989
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1988