Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American television and film actress. She is known best for portraying Elaine Benes on the critically-acclaimed comedy series, "Seinfeld," as well as her other successful comedy series, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Veep."
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961 to Judith and Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, billionaire businessman and chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. One year after her birth, her parents divorced, and when she was 8 years old, she moved with her mother to Washington, D.C. Although she moved around the country several times during her childhood due to her stepfather's work with Project HOPE, she eventually graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, later attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. It was here that she met future husband, Brad Hall.
During her time in college, Julia studied theatre and participated in improv comedy, leading to work with one of Chicago's best-known improvisation theatre groups, The Second City, and then Northwestern University founded The Practical Theatre Company, which landed her a spot as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1982 to 1985. After departing SNL, Julia was cast in her first film, Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters," in 1986. This in turn lead to roles in films "Soul Man" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" before being cast on the NBC series, "Day by Day," which lasted for two seasons.
Obviously, Julia's breakout role, and the one that she is still the most famous for to this day, came in 1990, when she was added to the cast of another NBC comedy, "Seinfeld," which went on to air for nine seasons and made her an international superstar. Her massive success on that series would eventually lead to several other starring roles on sitcoms such as "Watching Ellie," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep," all of which she was the title character on.