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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Seinfeld' Star
8/29/2014 4:00:00 AM
Arguably the greatest female comedic actor ever (she has the Emmys to prove it),
hardly needs an introduction.
At only 21 years old, the actress was cast on "
Saturday Night Live
," a Cinderella-like start for the young New York native. While the show didn't catapult her to fame, it was a stepping-stone that culminated with her landing the role of Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (1989 - 1998). Proving there's no "'Seinfeld' curse," Louis-Dreyfus has had plenty of success since the acclaimed NBC sitcom ended, raking in several Emmys along the way. Just this summer, she took home her latest trophy for her work on HBO's "Veep."
From her eyebrow-raising family background to her actress half-sister, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York, New York to Judith LeFever and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.
2. Her parents divorced when Louis-Dreyfus was still just a baby. She later relocated to Washington D.C. with her mother, who remarried when Julia was eight years old.
3. Her half-sister is actress Lauren Bowles, best known for her supporting role in "True Blood."
She also appeared as a waitress in this great episode of "Seinfeld."
4. Louis-Dreyfus's father is a French-born American businessman, who is the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, a multi-billion dollar French commodities and shipping conglomerate. The actress's great-great-grandfather founded the company in 1851.
5. So, to say the actress is wealthy would be an understatement. Louis-Dreyfus is worth about $200 million in her own right, mostly from her "Seinfeld" success.
6. The acclaimed sitcom ran for nine seasons with a total of 180 episodes and earned Louis-Dreyfus her first Emmy win.
7. Overall, she has been nominated for 18 Emmys (15 as an actress) and taken home 5 awards. She has won the last three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Veep."
8. She's also the only actress to net three wins for three separate comedy series: "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep."
9. Her 15 nominations also make her the most-nominated comedic actress in Emmy history.
("I Love Lucy") is second with 13 nominations.
10. She's also received a Razzie nomination for her role in "
" (1997). Luckily, though, she avoided the dubious honor when she "lost" the award to
Batman & R
11. Before her incredible success, Louis-Dreyfus attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied theatre.
12. It was there that she met her future husband, writer/actor
. Hall and Louis-Dreyfus have been married since 1987 and have two sons together.
13. After school, the actress pursued her acting dreams and was subsequently cast on "Saturday Night Live" in 1982. She was the youngest female cast member in the history of the show at the time and described the experience as "
14. Hall also appeared on "SNL" at the same time, making them the only husband and wife team to do so.
15. While on "SNL," where she stayed until 1985, the actress met writer
, who would later cast her in "Seinfeld."
16. After leaving "SNL," the actress made her film debut in the fantasy horror movie "
17. That same year, she appeared in
Hannah and Her Sisters
18. In 1988, Louis-Dreyfus was cast in her first NBC sitcom "Day by Day," though the show was cancelled after only two seasons.
19. Her next NBC sitcom, of course, was "Seinfeld," but believe it or not, she was not originally meant to appear in the series. The pilot episode ("The Seinfeld Chronicles") lacked a female presence, and the network demanded that an actress be cast.
20. Ultimately, Louis-Dreyfus won the part after beating out several other actresses that would rise to prominence:
("Everybody Love Raymond"),
("Will & Grace"), and Rosie O'Donnell.
21. (Bonus fact) The actress's paternal grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus fought in the French Resistance and later flew in 81 bombing missions on the Western Front during
Best of Late Night TV: Ed Sheeran's Stint As Annie and Aaron Paul's Bathroom Birth (VIDEO)
8/29/2014 12:42:00 AM
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jump starting today's mini late night roundup is Ed Sheeran, who cruised on over to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" not just to serenade us with his dulcet tones, but also to give fans a sneak peek at his performance as Little Orphan Annie in the forthcoming live production of "Annie." Spoiler alert: he's flawless.
Ed also told Jimmy about the time he randomly had a sleepover at Courtney Cox's house. Oh,
the time he even more randomly ended up living at Jamie Fox's digs. Apparently he's Hollywood's resident couch surfer.
Former "Breaking Bad" star, Aaron Paul, also stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and told the riveting story of his birth. Turns out he was born on the bathroom floor an entire month early, and his mom straight-up cut the cord by herself!
So, what happened on the well-trodden stage of "The Late Show"? Mike Myers showed up with a series of adorable pictures of his kids,
he shared the story behind their unusual names. Turns out Mike named his daughter Sunday because he hates Sundays. Who knew?
Here's Everything Wrong With 'Toy Story' in One Supercut (VIDEO)
8/28/2014 12:30:00 PM
," Pixar's first feature, is a film beloved by millions, but it requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. That's where Cinema Sins (motto: "No movie is without sin") comes in.
In less than nine minutes, the site breaks down its many beefs with the animated classic, chief among them the fact that the toys are never caught talking and moving around, despite being pretty reckless. The video takes to task Andy's poor spelling and handwriting for his age, the creepy sexual innuendo between Woody and Bo, and the oh-so-convenient fact that Andy always seems to leave his bedroom door closed when he leaves, allowing the toys to do whatever they want without anyone seeing them.
As for the film's second act, when Woody and Buzz are discovered by devilish next door neighbor Sid, Cinema Sins finds it strange that the boy "just happens to be at the Pizza Planet because evil always lurks at pizza-themed restaurants." There are items missing from certain shots, questionable uses of a remote control car -- and did the video mention that NO ONE notices these toys racing down the street chasing a moving van?
In all, Cinema Sins tallied 76 different grievances. While we're sure that it feels good for the site to get that off of its chest, we have to wonder if they've ever heard of the concept of a fictional film. It's not supposed to be 100 percent believable, guys -- especially when the protagonists are talking toys.
Photo credit: YouTube
Horror Movie Mistakes So Scary You Missed Them (PHOTOS)
8/28/2014 12:00:00 PM
Part of the appeal of horror movies is that scares are the top priority. But sometimes that means quality comes second.
Horror movies are sometimes filled with cheesy sub-plots, low production value, and, at times, some seriously questionable acting, but as long as the movie delivers that thrill or shock you came to see, all is easily forgiven. Right? We've assembled a few on-screen errors -- from movies such as "
" and "
" -- to see if that holds true.
As usual, all photos are courtesy of
Netflix Paid HOW MUCH to Stream 'The Blacklist'?!
8/28/2014 11:30:00 AM
"The Blacklist" is coming to Netflix streaming -- and the service paid a pretty penny for the rights to the NBC series.
that Netflix shelled out a whopping $2 million per episode of the James Spader-starring series, a figure that is "believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a
series." The first season of "The Blacklist" will be available beginning next weekend, with upcoming seasons slated to appear on the streaming service shortly after their season finales.
That huge price tag is nothing new for Netflix, which also paid approximately $1.35 million per episode for the previous most expensive series, "The Walking Dead," and $900,000 per pop for installments of "New Girl." And
The Hollywood Reporter notes
that the streaming giant doesn't shy away from big payouts when it can claim exclusive first re-broadcasting rights to a series, including the CBS summer 2015 show "The Zoo," for which it reportedly threw down $1 million per episode. (The "Blacklist" deal does not preclude studio Sony TV from reselling the series into network or cable syndication, however; Netflix just gets first crack at it.)
So if you never got around to watching "The Blacklist" during its initial run, just fire up Netflix to check it out. Just don't be surprised if your
suddenly gets fired up, too.
The Hollywood Reporter
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