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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 January 1961New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJulia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus
Nickname Little Yum-Yum
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New York. She met her husband, Brad Hall, while in college.

She made her feature movie debut in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

Julia's paternal grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, was from a prominent French Jewish family, while Julia's other ancestry is German, Mexican, English, French, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Spouse (1)

Brad Hall (25 June 1987 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays feisty characters

Trivia (37)

Met her husband, Brad Hall, while both were attending Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She graduated in 1982.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1998]
Both she and her husband, Brad Hall, appeared as part of NBC's Saturday Night Live (1975) cast in early 1980s. They are the only husband/wife team to do so.
Daughter of Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, a French billionaire.
Her TV series, Watching Ellie (2002), was created for her by husband Brad Hall. They originally wanted it to air commercial free, but that idea was rejected by NBC.
In college, she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
Performed improv with Chicago's Second City and the Practical Theatre Company, started by her husband, Brad Hall.
Both her parents remarried after their divorce, and she has two half-sisters from her mother's second marriage and two half-sisters from her father's second marriage. She considers both her step-parents to be as important in her life as her biological parents.
Her grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, was a member of the French Resistance during WWII, and flew 88 missions for Charles de Gaulle's Free French Air Force.
Fought NBC censors to allow a scene where a man runs around his house completely naked in front of Ellie (Julia's character on Watching Ellie (2002)). She won.
Her character on Seinfeld (1989), Elaine Benes, did not appear in the original pilot. She has never watched that episode--out of superstition.
Half-sister, Lauren Bowles, acts with her in Watching Ellie (2002).
Is included in Richard Roeper's list of actresses who've never done nude scenes in his latest book, "Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed, and Other Surprising Movie Lists". When asked about this by Conan O'Brien, Dreyfus stated that she'd never been asked to do one.
It was announced that her TV series, Watching Ellie (2002) has been canceled by NBC. Lasting one year, it more than doubled the staying power of fellow Seinfeld (1989) alumni Jason Alexander and Michael Richards' TV series, but failed to draw a wide enough audience to warrant renewal. [June 2003]
Was originally slated to play Alison Stern in Private Parts (1997), Howard Stern's biopic. She dropped out to spend more time with her children.
Her second home in Montecito, CA, is solar-powered, radiant-heated, and built from recycled materials.
Is the first, and thus far only, one of the four primary cast members of Seinfeld (1989) to have received a Razzie Award nomination. She was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress in 1998 for her performance in the film Fathers' Day (1997). However, she ultimately lost the award to Alicia Silverstone in Batman & Robin (1997).
Chosen by Forbes magazine in 2006 as one of the 10 Hottest Billionaire Heiresses.
She and her future husband, Brad Hall (a year before they were married in 1987) made their feature film debut together as a couple in the fantasy horror movie Troll (1986).
First female guest to appear on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) after it relocated to Los Angeles (June 3, 2009 / episode 3).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, 2010.
During a visit to "Ellen", Bradley Whitford revealed that his (then) wife, Jane Kaczmarek received a big bouquet of flowers from Julia-Louis Dreyfus the day after the Emmy Awards. Both Jane and Julia were nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Jane had been highly tipped to win for 'Malcolm In The Middle' but the Emmy was given to Julia-Louis Dreyfus for 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine'. With the bouquet was a card with the words 'You Got Screwed'.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Henry Hall on July 1, 1992. Child's father is her husband, Brad Hall.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a son Charles Hall on May 30, 1997. Child's father is her husband, Brad Hall.
Nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, "Veep", at The Women's Image Network (WIN) Awards 2012.
As of April 2013, she is the only actress to receive Emmys for her work in three different comedy shows (Seinfeld (1989), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006), _Veep_).
Her father was born in France and her mother was born in the United States. Julia's paternal grandfather was from a French Jewish family. Julia's paternal grandmother, who was also American-born, had German, Mexican, and English ancestry. Julia's mother's ancestry includes French, German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish).
Appeared in a reading of Arthur Miller's newest play (and first comedy), "Resurrection Blues", in New York. [August 2004]
Filming HBO pilot "VEEP" In Washington DC area [February 2011]
Appeared in commercials for "Healthy Choice". [2009]
Attached to HBO pilot, "VEEP." [January 2011]
Appearing on the cover of Home & Country magazine which features an article on homes in Montecito, California where she has a second home. [October 2005]
In contrast to her real-life solid marriage of 27 years, Julia's career has been entirely comprised of playing usually unhappy single or divorced women.
Great grandfather Léopold Louis-Dreyfus founded the Louis Dreyfus Group. Her father Gérard Louis-Dreyfus is the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. Her father's net worth was estimated at $3.4 billion by Forbes magazine in 2006. Her cousin, the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus meanwhile was the CEO and owner of Adidas from 1993 to 2001.
Her father fled from France to America during World War II.
Received her 14th Emmy nomination in 2014 making her the most-nominated comedic actress in the lead and supporting categories in Emmy history.
While many critics consider The Simpsons (1989) and Seinfeld (1989) to be the two most revolutionary comedies of the 1990's, with several even lauding them as the two funniest shows ever, Louis-Dreyfus is the only regular cast member of either series to make an appearance on the other. However, Yeardley Smith, voice of Lisa Simpson, unsuccessfully auditioned for the titular role in the Seinfeld episode "The Secretary" and actors Marisa Tomei, Lawrence Tierney, Kathy Griffin, Bryan Cranston, Dana Gould, Bette Midler and Jon Lovitz have made guest appearances on both series.

Personal Quotes (11)

I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this baby! [referring to the so called "Seinfeld curse", in which little or no success has come since the show to the four main actors, upon accepting her Emmy award for "The New Adventures of Old Christine".]
I will quote Norman Lear, who said that celebrity is something you can spend. And so I have taken my so-called celebrity and occasionally spent it down on causes or things that I'm passionate about. I'm not running for office. I'm not a scientist. But I'm a concerned citizen.
[on playing the leading character in 'Veep'] Well, let's see. I personally am not the Vice-President of the United States. I want to make sure everyone understands that. But the aspect of presenting yourself in a certain way to the public and be liked - there is a parallel between public life and life as a person in show business, and that's sort of fun to draw on. I'm trying to watch a lot of in-between moments on C-SPAN.
Whenever I felt down, my mom would remind me that sense of humor gets you through just about anything.
[on accepting an Emmy Award for 'Veep', 2013] This is so much good fortune it is almost too much to bear. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to make people laugh. It's a joyful way to make a living.
I love the film festival circuit. I think there's something about it, I don't know. Maybe I'm being Pollyanna-ish about this, but it's an opportunity to be very supportive of filmmakers, and there's just this goodwill which I love.
[on Nicole Holofcenter] She runs a set that that's very, very, very relaxed. Her dog comes to the set, her kids come to the set, my kids come to the set, my parents come to the set, my best friend from the third grade, her best friend. There is a comfort she promotes on set that helps everybody relaxed into behaving I would say as realistically as possible.
[on undertaking the role of Eva in 'Enough Said'] I was such a massive Nicole Holofcenter fan that it was an irresistible cocktail. She has such a distinctive voice, don't you think?
[on the current television production scene] It has certainly changed. The business model of television, meaning the currency of ratings, is not what it used to be back in the early days of 'Seinfeld'. It's sort of the wild, wild west, because now there are so many platforms and areas for good television, which is really exciting. I love working in pay cable because, from a creative point-of-view, the latitude is so phenomenal.
[on continuing her pivotal role on 'Veep', 2014] I think there's something to be said for working as a group, collaborating over a period of time. Needless to say, we know each other and we have seen each other's rhythms, managed to pull together a really fine group of actors, writers, directors. It's a good dance we've got going along right now.
I'm open to any material that's good. Be it a short film, be it a feature length film. I mean, good ideas aren't low-hanging fruit ready to be picked. They're sometimes very hard to come by. So I'm interested in good ideas no matter what form they take.

Salary (2)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006) $225,000 /episode (2007-08)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006) $275,000 /episode (2009-10)

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