1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedienne and producer.
2. She is known for her work on the comedy series Seinfeld .
3. Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985.
4. Her breakthrough came in 1990 with a nine-season run playing Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time.
5. Other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine which had a five-season run on CBS, and her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, which has recently been renewed by HBO for a fifth season.
6. Louis-Dreyfus has received a Golden Globe Award and seven Emmy Awards.
7. Louis-Dreyfus received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.
8. Her mother, Judith , was a writer and special needs tutor, and her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, chaired Louis Dreyfus Energy Services.
9. After relocating to Washington, D.C. when Julia was eight, her mother married L. Thompson Bowles, Dean of the George Washington University Medical School.
10. There, she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and studied theatre for several years before dropping out due to a professional acting job offer.
11. Louis-Dreyfus was subsequently a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985, becoming the youngest female cast member in the history of the program at that time. During her time on SNL she appeared alongside several actors who would later rise to prominence, such as Eddie Murphy, Jim Belushi, Billy Crystal and Martin Short.
12. It was during her tenure on SNL that she met writer Larry David, who would later co-create Seinfeld.
13. Following her 1985 departure from SNL, Louis-Dreyfus appeared in several films, including the Woody Allen-directed Hannah and Her Sisters , in which she starred alongside fellow SNL alum Chevy Chase.
14. In 1988 she was cast in the NBC sitcom Day by Day, which aired for two seasons before being cancelled.