Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13th, 1961. Actress, producer and comedienne, she is best known for playing in “Seinfeld” during the nine years the comedy series aired in the United States. Her acting career later led her to star in two other comedy TV series: “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, which aired for four years between 2006 and 2010, and Veep, that is still on air. Julia Louis-Dreyfus net worth is estimated at $200 million, surpassing many other famous actors, such as Ice Cube. The “Seinfeld” actress’ estimated fortune is larger than Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David’s fortunes combined. The comedy actress started her acting career in Chicago where she performed for the Practical Theater Company. This was followed by her playing in a sketch show from 1982 to 1985, “Saturday Night Live”. She didn’t have to wait too long for her breakthrough. In 1990, she was cast to play Elaine Benes, on the TV show that would make her famous worldwide. Dubbed one of the most successful sitcoms in history, “Seinfeld” irreversibly associated Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her character, Elaine.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Net Worth: $200 million
Born in New York City, Dreyfus’ mother was a writer and her was father the chairman of a French conglomerate. Léopold Louis-Dreyfus was founded by Julia’s great-great-grandfather almost seventy years ago. With an English, Scottish, French and German ancestry, Dreyfus was one year old when her parents decided to separate. She spent her childhood in Washington, D.C with her mother and her stepfather, L. Thompson Bowles, who was the Dean at the University Medical School. Owing it to her step father’s work of line, she traveled extensively during her childhood years in various countries, including Tunisia, Sri Lana and Colombia.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Bio and Career Development
Dreyfus was a part of the improvisation theater group “The Second City”, which also hosted Steve Carrell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. After the group’s performance for the 50th Anniversary Jubilee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was prompted to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live”. She was 21, which made her the youngest female member on the cast of NBC. It is here that she got the opportunity to meet Jim Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal. She remained at SNL for three year. After her departure in 1985, she played in various movies, including “Hannah and her sisters”, which was directed by Woody Allen, “Soul Man” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.
The early 1990s found Dreyfus playing the role that would bring her global fame. She was Elaine Benes for nine seasons and only missed three episodes. One of the three episodes in which she doesn’t appear is the first one, when Elaine Benes didn’t exist yet. However, when the executives from NBC realized the show lacked feminine characters, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were asked to create another character. Julia Louis Dreyfus was cast to play Elaine Benes, winning the role over Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Mullally and Patricia Heaton.
The casting team’s choice couldn’t have been more inspired. Julia Louis-Dreyfus received great critical acclaim, was nominated and won a plethora of TV show awards in the 90s. Her performance on “Seinfeld” brought her a Golden Globe Award, five American Comedy Awards and another five Screen Actors Guild Awards. After being nominated seven times for the Primetime Emmy Award, she received the distinction in 1996 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. By this time, her net worth was still increasing and could even rival the fortune of basketball star Shaquille O’Neal.
Since all good things must come to an end, Seinfeld producers decided to pull the plug in 1998. after the TV series had aired for nine seasons. The final episode still holds the title of the most-watched event in the history of television. More than 76 million people tuned in on May 14th to watch the series finale of “Seinfeld”.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Post-Seinfeld
Dreyfus’ efforts to remain a comedy actress prompted her to create a new sitcom in 2002 alongside her husband, Brad Hall, and Steve Carell. Entitled “Watching Ellie”, the premise of the TV series was to offer viewers an in-depth view of a jazz singer’s life. The show received mixed reviews and was first met with curiosity by the public. However, the interest died down with the release of the second season and the sitcom ended up being canceled in 2003. This only fueled the rumor circulating in the press claiming that none of the “Seinfeld” actors could ever be successful in the TV industry again.
2005 was a luckier year for Julia Louis-Dreyfus who was cast as Christine Campbell in “The New Adventures of Old Christine”. The TV show aired for five years, from 2006 to 2010 and revolved around Christine, a single mom who runs a gym. The sitcom re-established Dreyfus as one of the funniest women on the screen, surpassing Ellen DeGeneres, and won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a TV comedy show.
In 2007, Julia Louis-Dreyfus rejoined the cast of “The Simpsons” in her role as Gloria for an episode and reappeared on the show again a year later. “Curb your enthusiasm”, the sitcom of Larry David, reunited the “Seinfeld” cast in four episodes in 2009. These were met with great critical acclaim and received a lot of media attention.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ first short film was created with the help of her husband and was called “Picture Paris”. The movie was released in January 2012. This was closely followed by the premiere of the actress’ new TV show, “Veep”. Her performance received incredible praise from critics. Dreyfus was complemented on her acting, said to rival her “Seinfeld” role. Her “Veep” character won her not only the sympathy of magazines, critics, interviewers and reporters, but also a slew of awards. She won several Primetime Emmy Awards and Critics’ choice TV award.
Besides “Veep”, Julia Louis-Dreyfus appeared in the animated movie “Planes” in 2013, lending her voice to Rochelle. The animation grossed more the $200 million worldwide, which helped increase Julia Louis-Dreyfus net worth. However, she’s still far from achieving the impressive fortune of J. K. Rowling. in 2017, the comedy actress also played in “Enough Said”, which was produced by Nicole Holofcener, marking her first role as a lead actress in a full-length movie. Her performance did not disappoint and attracted favorable reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes scores giving the movie 95 percent out of 152 reviews.
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