Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus (/ˈluːi ˈdraɪfəs/; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her work in television comedy, including Saturday Night Live (1982–85), Seinfeld (1989–98), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10), and Veep (2012–present). Louis-Dreyfus holds several records for most Primetime Emmy Award wins and nominations.
Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. 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. 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 sixth season. Louis-Dreyfus' film roles have included Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Enough Said (2013). She has voiced roles in several animated films, including A Bug's Life (1998) and Planes (2013).
Louis-Dreyfus has received nine Emmy Awards, seven for acting and two for producing, with a total of 22 nominations throughout her career. She has also received a Golden Globe Award, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, five American Comedy Awards, and two Critics' Choice Television Awards. 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. In 2016, Time named Louis-Dreyfus one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.