Julia Louis Dreyfus is an American Actress, comedian, Politician, and producer. She is known for her roles in Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep. Read ahead to learn all about her.
Julia Louis Dreyfus Age, Biography
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus, also known as Julia Louis Dreyfus, is an American Actress, comedian, Politician, and producer known for her roles in Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep. A veteran with a charismatic personality, Julia is one of the few actors who have won the most awards for her work. She was the first actress who wins the Emmy award for three different series.
She was born on 13 January 1961 in the New York City borough of Manhattan to a wealthy family. Her parents divorced after a year of her birth. Let’s look into the life of a living legend who began her career as a Theatre Artist and became one of the most famous and celebrated artists in the Hollywood industry.
|Name||Juila Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus|
|Profession||Actor, Producer, Comedian, and Politician|
|Date of Birth||13 January 1961|
|Parents||Gerard Louis Dreyfus (father)Judith (LeFever) (Mother)|
|Siblings||Lauren Bowles (half-sister)|
|Relatives||Pierre Louis Dreyfus (Grandfather)Leopold Louis Dreyfus (Great Grandfather)|
|Hometown||New York City|
|School||Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, Maryland.|
|University||Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (Dropped out)|
|Education Qualification||High School|
|Height||1.6 in metres160 in centimetres 5’3’’ in inches|
|Weight||54 kg119 lbs|
|Shoe Size||4 (US)|
|Dress Size||7.5 (US)|
|Favorite Actor||Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman.|
|Favorite Food||Bacon, Arugula with Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh lemon juice and olive oil or with sesame-ginger vinaigrette|
|Favorite Song||I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award (8 times), Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor|
|Debut Movie||Troll (1986)|
|Debut TV Shows||NBC’s Saturday Live Night|
|Social Media profile||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, IMDB|
She is a beautiful and charming woman with a confident posture and personality. Her bold character is shaped by the years of experience she has in the Entertainment industry. Moreover, her confidence and way of speaking also win laurels in Politics.
She is 61 years old and regularly goes to Gym and does Yoga to maintain her body. Her figure measurements are 36-27-35. She has beautiful hazel eyes, which look amazing on her silky black hair. Julia has a height of 5’3″ inches, and she weighs about 54 kgs. She has a perfect body and is also highly energetic, proving the popular phrase age is just a number.
Her Bra size is 34C with a hip size of 35. Her waist size is 27.
Julia Louis Dreyfus Awards, Serial, TV Show, Movies, and Career
She has had a knack for acting and drama since childhood, and it is evident that she chose drama as her subject while pursuing her graduation at Northwestern University. She was a part of the college theatre, and she started her career as a theatre artist.
As part of the University Theatre, she performed in the Mee-Ow Show. It was a student-run improv and sketch comedy revue. Impressed by her performance, she was invited by The Second City, one of Chicago’s most famous improvisational theatre groups. In 1982, She was then involved in The Practical Theatre led by actor Brad Hall to whom she also married in 1987.
Her performance in “Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee” of The Practical Theatre Company led to her the beginning of her illustrious career. She was spotted by the Producer of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Dick Ebersol, who asked her to join the show. She left the University at 21 and moved to New York City.
She is known for her comedy roles, and her trademark is regularly playing feisty characters in TV shows and movies.
She worked in the show between 1982 to 1985, after which she left the show due to the “dog-eat-dog” atmosphere backstage. She was the youngest female actor to be cast in the show’s history. After she left the show, Julia played small guest roles in various sitcoms. She came into movies in 1986 with a small role in the fantasy-horror movie Troll. She was then featured in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters and Soul Man in 1986.
In 1989, she starred in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the sitcom Day by Day. In 1990, she again got one of the most celebrated roles in the new sitcom Seinfeld (1990-98) as Jerry’s former girlfriend, Elaine Benes. The show earned a special place in the TV industry, and she appeared in all nine seasons of the show. In 1996, she won her first Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.
She also featured in several films during the same period, including Jack the Bear (1993) and Deconstructing Harry (1997). The last episode of Seinfeld became one of the most-watched episodes in TV history, with a whopping 76 million views. In 1998, she lent her voice for her first animated movie, A Bug’s Life.
After Seinfeld, she was again featured in a short-lived sitcom Watching Ellie (2002-03). Julia came to the limelight with the new show The New Adventures of Old Christine, which aired in 2006 and ended in 2010. She played the role of a single mother who maintained friendly relations with her former husband. In 2006 she won the Emmy award for the best lead actress in the comedy series for the show. Moreover, throughout the show, she was praised by critics.
She consecutively received 5 Emmy Award nominations, 3 Satellite Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. Dreyfus was also nominated for the People’s Choice Award twice due to her return to popularity. In 2010, Julia was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In 2011, she starred in her first short film Picture Paris, directed and written by her husband, Brad Hall. The short film was about an ordinary woman who is obsessed with the city of Paris, France.
In 2012, she starred in yet another famous comedy TV show Veep where she played the role of Selina Meyer, who is the Vice President and later becomes the President. The show became an overnight success and strengthened her status as one of the best actresses in Hollywood. Moreover, the show won her six consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. In 2017 she won the most Emmys by a performer.
Dreyfus also won Emmy awards for producing Veep, and the show continued till 2019. Julia has also received 5 Critics Choice Television Award nominations, out of which she won 2 in 2013 and 2014. She was also nominated ten times in the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning twice in 2014 and 2017, five times for Television Critics Association Award, winning once in 2014, and again five times for Satellite Award and Golden Globe Awards.
Meanwhile, during this time, she featured in the movie Enough Said in 2013, playing the role of a divorced woman who starts dating her friend’s ex-husband. This movie marked the first full-length movie where she played the role of the lead actress. The film was well-received by the critics and also led her to the nomination for several awards, including the Golden Globe Awards, Satellite Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and the American Comedy Awards.
In the same year, she lent her voice to the animated film Planes, which became a worldwide success with over $200 million revenue. She then appeared in the movie Downhill along with Will Ferrell in 2020. Louis-Dreyfus again lent her voice for Pixar’s animated movie Onward opposite Chris Pratt and Tom Holland in the same year.
In 2020, she signed a multi-year deal with AppleTV+ under which she will develop new projects for the platform as an executive producer and star.
In 2021, she entered into Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. However, she also appeared in the post-credit scene of the film Black Widow.
She is currently working on three projects regarding her upcoming movies- Beth and Don, whose filming is presently going on, Tuesday, and You People. The last two are in the Post Production stage.
Julia has won 7 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, out of which 1 for The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006) and six consecutive times for Veep (2012-17). She has also won 1 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Seinfeld (1996).
Moreover, she has been nominated for 9 Golden Globe Awards. Out of 9, she won 1 for the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role in Seinfeld (1995). Julia is also nominated for 21 Screen Actors Guild Awards and has won five for individual performance for her role in Seinfeld (1997–98) and Veep (2014, 2017–18). In 2018, she was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center.
She is the 20th recipient of America’s highest comedy honor. Louis-Dreyfus was also inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.
Louis-Dreyfus was included in the 100 most influential people in the World in the artist’s category in the annual Time 100 list.
After one year of Julia’s birth, her parents divorced, and she lived with her mother. Both moved to Washington DC, where her mother married L Thompson Bowles, the dean of George Washington University, in 1965. As a part of her step-father’s Project, she had to travel to several states and countries throughout her childhood. She also has a step-sister Lauren Bowles, who is also an actor.
She completed her schooling at the all-girls Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1979. She then came to Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, to study drama and theatre. However, she dropped out of the University at 21 when she got the role on Saturday Night Live. In 2007, she received an honorary doctor of art degree from the University.
She is a feminist by heart and finds her inspiration from great feminist leaders and writers. In 2017, she told her fans that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2018, on Jimmy Kennel Show, she announced that she is cancer-free.
She has been active in politics for a while now. She supported Al Gore’s President’s election in 2000 and endorsed Obama’s Presidential bid in 2008 and 2012. When Obama was the President, she urged him to stop the Keystone XL pipeline project as it could severely harm the environment and cause widespread pollution.
Moreover, She is an Environmental Activist and has raised several millions for Non-governmental organizations for the cause. For instance, Julia successfully worked on Proposition O for the allocation of US$500 million to provide a clean water supply in Los Angeles.
In the 2016 elections, she announced her support for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid. In her speech at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Louis-Dreyfus denounced the then US President Donald Trump’s decision for a travel ban as “un-American.”
In the 2020 elections, she announced her endorsement of Joe Biden’s Presidential bid. She also published information regarding the vote by mail and encouraged all Americans to vote.
She married Brad Hall, whom she met in college. Both married in 1987, and he was a performer at The Practical Theatre Company and Saturday Night Live. Brad and Julia are the only married couple who have appeared as performers on Saturday Night Live.
Both have two children named Henry Hall and Charles Hall. Henry was born in 1992 and is a singer and songwriter. And Charles studies at Northwestern University and is a member of the Basketball team.
Julia Louis Dreyfus Family
She was born in New York City on 13 January 1961 to a Billionaire father and a writer mother. Her mother, Judith (Lefever), was American and worked as a writer and special needs tutor. Her father was a Frenchman and the Chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Company, which her great grandfather Leopold Louis Dreyfus started.
Her Grandfather Pierre Louis Dreyfus was the President of the company. After her parents divorced, she moved to Washington, where her mother married L Thompson Bowles when she was 8. She has a maternal half-sister Lauren Bowles, an actress who has worked alongside Louis-Dreyfus.
She also has two paternal half-sisters, Phoebe and Emma, and Emma died in August 2018. Her other cousin Robert Louis-Dreyfus (1946–2009), was the former CEO of Adidas and the owner of the Olympique de Marseille football club.
She spent her childhood in several countries, including Colombia, Croatia, and Sri Lanka, as her step-father had to move to different countries for his project HOPE. She said that she holds a strong bond with her family and stepfamily and has learned a lot from them.
She is one of the actors who have diversified interests. Julia’s favorite actors are Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman.
Regarding her favorite food, she loves to eat Bacon. She loves to eat salad, and her favorite salad is Arugula with Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh lemon juice and olive oil or sesame-ginger vinaigrette.
Lous-Drefyus’s favorite song is I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown.
Julia Louis Dreyfus Facts
- She was selected as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1998 by the People Magazine.
- Both she and her husband, Brad Hall, are the only married couples who have appeared in NBC’s Saturday Night Live cast (the 1980s).
- She is the daughter of Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, a French billionaire businessman and the Chairman of The Louis Dreyfus Company.
- Both of her parents remarried after the divorce. She has two maternal half-sisters and two paternal half-sisters from her. She believes her parents and step-parents to be important in her life.
- Her grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, was a member of the French Resistance during World War II. He flew 88 missions for the French Air Force.
- She was chosen as one of the top 10 Hottest Billionaire Heiresses in 2006 by Forbes Magazine.
- Julia and her husband, Brad Hall, made their film debut together in the fantasy-horror movie Troll in 1986 before one year of their marriage.
- Till 2017, Julia was the only actress to be awarded Emmy Awards for her work on three different comedy series- Seinfeld (1989), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006), and Veep (2012).
- Opposite to her real-life marriage of more than 30 years, Julia has acted in movies and shows where she plays the role of an unhappy single or divorced woman.
Julia has an estimated net worth of $250 million apart from her acquired wealth from his family.