Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Americaâ€™s favorite second banana and held her own with the boys of Seinfeld for nine seasons, making an invaluable contribution to some of slacker America's most memorable TV moments. Julia was born in New York City on January 13, 1961, into a wealthy family who owned the Louis Dreyfus Group, a French commodities trading and merchandising firm. Julia attended Northwestern University and studied theater. During her time at the Illinois school, she met her husband, actor/writer Brad Hall, whom she married in 1987. Julia and Brad were both cast members on Saturday Night Live; Julia was on the show from 1982 to 1985, then appeared in a number of films post-SNL, such Hannah and Her Sisters and National Lampoonâ€™s Christmas Vacation, before starring on the short-lived sitcom Day by Day. When she signed on to play Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, Julia became now and forever Elaine. From 1989 to 1998, Elaine mined laughs with her antics, her dancing and her participation in an unusual â€˜contestâ€™ on the cult favorite sitcom. Julia suffered a bout of the â€˜Seinfeld Curseâ€™ with her follow-up show, Watching Ellie, but recovered and struck TV gold - and won an Emmy - with The New Adventures of Old Christine, which debuted in 2006. After being part of the gang at SNL and taking a backseat to Jerry Seinfeld, Juliaâ€™s in the driverâ€™s seat and has no plans to pull over.
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