Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Awesome Career
Everything That You Need To know About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Acting Career
Julia Louise-Dreyfus (Full Name: Julia Scarlet Elizabeth Louis Dreyfus) is a comedienne, actress and producer. She is American, having been born in New York City, New York in the United States on January 13th, 1961. She is currently fifty four years old.
She is best known for her works on various comedy series, particularly, Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998, The New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran from 2006 to 2001, and Veep which has been running since 2012 and is still in production.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born in New York City. Her mother was a writer and also special needs tutor. Her father was a businessman, working in energy services and running his own company, Louis-Dreyfus Energy Services. This entrepreneurship runs in the family; her great-great grandfather started a French shipping and commodities empire, which other member of her family still have a controlling interest in running.
Her parents divorced one year following Julia’s birth, and this led to her mother remarrying. Her stepfather worked for an international charity, which meant that as a child she moved around a lot and even lived in several countries, including but not limited to Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Colombia, as well as the United States of America.
She graduated from her high school in Bethesda, Maryland in 1979. From there she went on to college – specifically, Northwestern University which is in in Evanston, Illinois. She would never finish her degree due to quitting in order to pursue acting after landing professional roles, but during her time there she was a Delta Gamma sorority member.
Her Career In the 1980’s
Louis-Dreyfus began her training in the early eighties. As part of that training, she attended improvisation classes at Chicago’s Second City
which is to this date a famous improvisational theatre group – alumni include Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Shelley Lon and Amy Poehler as well as Louis-Dreyfus. She was asked to join Saturday Night Live
at the age of 21 after her performance for the Practical Theatre Company’s golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee. This would launch her comedy career.
Between 1982 and 1985, Louis-Dreyfus made numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live. During this time, she would work with many comedic actors who would go on to become huge stars in their own right – Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Jim Belushi and Eddie murphy to name a few. Perhaps more importantly, she would go on to meet writer Larry David, who would go on to become the creator of Seinfield, in which she would star.
From the mid-to-late eighties, Louis-Dreyfus would appear in several films upon her exit from Saturday Night Live, including Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters
(1986); Soul Man
(1986), which starred C. Thomas Howell; as well as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
(1989). She would go on to star in the NBC sitcom Day By Day,
which ran for two seasons before being cancelled.
Her Career in The 1990’s
Julia Louis-Dreyfus became famous in the nineties for her portrayal of the role of Elaine Benes on NbC’s hit show, Seinfeld.
She starred in the role for nine seasons, and appeared in almost every single episode – being absent from only three. One of those was the pilot episode, however the producers determined the show was too male-centric, and they would only go forward with the production of the show if it had a regular female role. Louis-Dreyfus would win that role and thus become Seinfeld’s major female character, despite the role not originally intended to be in the show at all. Louis Dreyfus won this role over other actresses including Patricia Heaton, Rosie O'Donnell and Megan Mullally.
During her time on Seinfeld she also had roles in a number of movies, including Fathers' Day
, opposite Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, and Woody Allen's Oscar-nominated Deconstructing Harry
Her Career in the early 2000’s
After the series finale of Seinfeld, which was one of the most watched episodes in television history (with a staggering seventy-eight million viewers) Louis-Dreyfus expanded to take on voice acting roles, notably A Bug’s Life
by Disney-Pixar. She would follow this up with an appearance in long-running animated comedy, The Simpsons.
She would then struggle to find success – she starred in another television series in 2002 through 2003 that was ultimately cancelled for poor ratings after just two series called Watching Ellie.
She would appear in small roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm
and then later Arrested Development.
At this point, her career was said to be suffering from what the media began to call “The Seinfeld Curse,” which suggested that due to the popularity and success of the show, its stars would never receive any success outside of it. Louis-Dreyfus and series creator David both disagreed with the notion, calling it rubbish and untrue.
Her Career in the Late 2000’s
In 2005, Louis-Dreyfus landed a starring role on a new series called The New Adventures of Old Christine.
She played a divorcee who retained an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, and ran her own gym. The show became a ratings success, with the first episode receiving over 15 million viewers. The show was created by Kari Lizer, the creator and producer of the hit comedy series Will and Grace.
Louis-Greyfus would go on to receive multiple awards for her role in the show, including five year’s Emmy Award nominations in a row, three Satellite Award nominations in consecutive years, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and also a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Her Current Projects
As of 2011, Louis-Dreyfus has appeared in the lead role for the satirical comedy series Veep,
in which she plays the U.S Vice President Selina Meyer.
For her performance on Veep Louis-Dreyfus has received several accolades, including the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, the 2013 and 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and the 2014 Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy.