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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is best known as one of the “Fab Four” on the hit sitcom “Seinfeld,” which ran on NBC from 1990 to 1998. She went on to star in the sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine” on CBS, followed by the award-winning HBO series "Veep."
Louis-Dreyfus’ father was the billionaire heir to the Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the world’s largest commodities trading firms. After her parents divorced when she was 1 year old, she moved with her mother to live in Washington, D.C. With her stepfather, she spent considerable time in several states and countries around the world before attending college at Northwestern in Illinois, where she met her future husband, Brad Hall.
After three years in college, Louis-Dreyfus dropped out in 1982 to join “Saturday Night Live.” She was one of the youngest female cast members ever, joining the show at age 21. She appeared on the show alongside Hall and future “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David.
Her “Seinfeld” role as Elaine Benes earned Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy, a Golden Globe and five SAG Awards. “The New Adventures of Old Christine” earned the actress her second Emmy.
When her star was unveiled on the Walk of Fame on May 4, 2010, her name was misspelled as Julia Luis Dreyfus.
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