Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a multi-award-winning American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, the legendary TV show Seinfeld, and Veep. The New York City native is one of the most celebrated television actors of her generation, having won more Emmy Awards and more Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other performer.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus on January 13, 1961, to an America mother and a French-born father. Her mother, Judith, was a writer and a special needs tutor while her father was a businessman who chaired the Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. Her parents, however, divorced one year after her birth, leaving her to be raised by her mother alone.
When Julia turned 8 years old, her mother relocated the family to Washington, D.C where she met and married L. Thompson Bowles, Dean of the George Washington University Medical School. With her new family, Louis-Dreyfus lived in different states and countries due to her stepfather’s work.
Among the many schools she attended was the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland in 1979. After that, she went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she grew and pursued her acting/comedic interests. She studied theatre arts and joined the Delta Gamma sorority.
A few years into her program, Louis-Dreyfus decided to drop out of school to take a professional acting job. She began her acting career at Chicago’s Practical Theatre Company where she performed with the prestigious Second City comedy troupe. After that, she moved back to her home state of New York where she got cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live, becoming the youngest ever female cast member of the program at that time. It was on this platform that she managed to properly showcase her comedic talents.
Her next major role came in 1986 when she launched her film career by appearing in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. After that, she appeared in the comedy Soul Man. She appeared in various sitcoms until one particular role came along to change her life. It was Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of the character Elaine Benes on the sitcom Seinfeld that propelled her to stardom. Her performance was met with critical acclaim, earning her a Golden Globe Award in 1993 and an Emmy Award in 1996.
While still doing Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus worked on several films including Father’s Day and Deconstructing Harry. She also voiced the role of Princess Atta in the animation Bug’s Life. After Seinfeld, which stopped airing in 1998, Louis-Dreyfus continued to work on different TV shows and films.
Her next big critically acclaimed role, came in 2006 for her title role on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. She was awarded the 2006 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Following that, and throughout the course of the series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations, three consecutive Satellite Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. Add that to two nominations for a People’s Choice Award.
Her next notable role was in 2011 in the satirical comedy show Veep where she played a fictional U.S. Vice President. She received her third Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. This award was a special one as it marked her 13th acting Emmy nomination which ranked her among TV’s most nominated female performers.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Net Worth
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has an estimated net worth of $200 million. The record-breaking Emmy-award winning actress, who has spent thirty plus years in front on the camera has earned most of her money through her various roles on TV and in films.
She reportedly receives a salary of $150,000 per episode of Veep. Add that to what she reportedly earned from The New Adventures of Old Christine, which is said to be $275,000 per episode and $600,000 per episode of Seinfeld.
The little issue of her inheritance has not yet been decided with her father’s estate estimated to be worth about $4 billion.
Family, Husband, Father, Son, Kids
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is married to Saturday Night Live comedian, Brad Hall. The couple met as students at Northwestern University and got married in 1987. They have two sons; Henry and Charles. Charles, who was born in 1997, plays for the Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball team.
Louis-Dreyfus’ father, Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, is a billionaire businessman who came from a prominent French Jewish family. His net worth was estimated at $3.4 billion in 2006 by Forbes.
Quick Facts (Height, Feet)
Birth Name: Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus
Date of Birth: January 13, 1961
Birth Place: New York, United States
Occupation: Comedian, Actress
Height: 5′ 3″ (1.61 m)
Weight: 116 lbs (53 kg)
Feet/Shoe Size: 7.5 (US) or 38 (EU
Net Worth: $200 million