Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus
(January 13, 1961-) is an American Actress
and comedienne from New York City
, NY best known for her work on Saturday Night Live
. She started in the Practical Theatre Company in Chicago
before getting cast on SNL
in 1982. Despite being overshadowed by the likes of Eddie Murphy
and Joe Piscopo (and later, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, and Martin Short), Louis-Dreyfus managed to make the most of her time on the show. Her notable recurring characters include Patty-Lynn Hunnsucker (a teenage commentator for Saturday Night Newsnote
), Weather Woman (a parody of The X-Men's Storm in the recurring sketch, "The Interesting Four"), April May June (a female televangelist), and Consuela (a Hispanic TV show host) and her celebrity impressions include Jo Ann Worley, Andie MacDowell, Linda Ellerbee (back before she did Nick News
), Linda Ronstandt, and Marie Osmond (in the infamous Christmas sketch where Marie and Donny Osmond make out). Louis-Dreyfus even found love on SNL
. Her husband is former cast member Brad Hall, who was an anchor for the "Saturday Night News" segment for season eight and parts of season nine.
Her biggest success was as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld
. She has also acted in such movies as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
, Hannah And Her Sisters
and Deconstructing Harry
. She is a five-time Emmy Award Winner.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
and at IMDB
"The New Tropes Of Julia Louis-Dreyfus":
- As Herself: In 1996's Good Money and in several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Awesome McCool Name: Her full name.
- Big Applesauce: Born there, broke through on TV on SNL, played Elaine on Seinfeld, starred in Woody Allen movies...
- Expy: Tina Fey has cited her as an inspiration for her 30 Rock character Liz Lemon.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's generally considered French-Jewish, but has German, Mexican, English, French and Scottish roots.
- Ms. Fanservice: Remember the dress she wore to the 1995 Emmy Awards? Or the scene from the debut episode of Watching Ellie of her running around her apartment and, with her back to the camera, taking off her bra? Hell, there was a time during Seinfeld's run when Elaine's hair was considered sexy.
- Her clothes-free cover for Rolling Stone in 2014 shows she can still bring the fanservice as time goes on.
- Non-Idle Rich: Her great-great-grandfather established the Louis Dreyfus Group in 1851, which is a French shipping conglomerate still in the family to this day.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: She has an honorary Doctor Of Arts degree from Northwestern.
- Romance on the Set: Of SNL with her husband Brad Hall, whom she met at Northwestern University.
- Sesame Street Cred: Appeared on Sesame Street's All Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Streets Forever in 1994, and voiced "Miss Felter" on the 1997 Hey Arnold! episode "Helga's Boyfriend/Crush on Teacher."
- Sitcom: Along with Seinfeld, of course, Watching Ellie, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep.
- Spell My Name with an S: There's only one "s" in "Dreyfus."
- Tyop on the Cover: She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. Unfortunately, the "Louis" in her name was misspelled as "Luis" and the hyphen was left out.