A Second City veteran, she started in the Practical Theatre Company in Chicago before getting cast on Saturday Night Live 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 News"note ), Weather Woman (a parody of 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 Anne Worley, Andie MacDowell, Linda Ellerbee (back before she did Nick News), Linda Ronstadt, 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 11-time Emmy Award winner (eight for acting, three for producing) and the only actress who won for three different comedy series: Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep. That last one also gave her the current record for the most Emmy wins for playing a single character, with six. Along with the two she got from Seinfeld, she's tied with Cloris Leachman for the most acting Emmys.
She has appeared in:
- Saturday Night Live (1982-1985)
- Troll (1986)
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
- Soul Man (1986)
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
- Seinfeld (1990-98)
- North (1994)
- Deconstructing Harry (1997)
- A Bug's Life (1998)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000, 2001, 2009)
- The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-10)
- Veep (2012-19)
- Planes (2013)
- Onward (2020)
"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...
- The Danza: "Julia" on the "Ben Treats" episode of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
- Determinator: She went on filming the final season of Veep in the midst of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.
- 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; the family was known as one of the "Five Great Fortunes of France" in the early twentieth century, and her father had a personal fortune of $3 billion. She nevertheless is an extremely active working comic actress.
- 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." During her acceptance speech at the 2016 Emmy Awards, she paid tribute to her father, who'd passed away a couple days earlier, and afterwards, many Twitter users mistakenly paid tribute to Richard Dreyfuss.
- 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.
- What Could Have Been: Among the roles she was apparently considered for were "Madison" in Splash and "Susan Mayer" on Desperate Housewives.