CAST AND CHARACTERS
Louis-Dreyfus currently stars in "The New Adventures of Old Christine", for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Since the conclusion of Seinfeld, her roles include starring as The Blue Fairy in The Wonderful World of Disney's "Gepetto", a musical based on the Pinocchio legend; playing the title role in the 2002 television series "Watching Ellie", an innovative sitcom that unfolds in real time; and a recurring role on "Arrested Development". She was also heard as Princess Atta in Disney/Pixar's box-office smash animated movie "A Bug's Life", which also featured David Hyde Pierce and Kevin Spacey, and as Mollie in the cable telefilm "Animal Farm". She also was a guest voice on "The Simpsons" and has guest-starred on Larry David's Emmy Award-nominated HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm".
Born in New York City and raised in Washington, D.C., Louis Dreyfus became interested in acting at a young age. She studied theater at Northwestern University and, while there, worked extensively as a member of The Practical Theater Company, an improvisational group with a large following in the Chicago area. Her talent and improv skills eventually also brought her to the attention of the world-renowned Second City troupe, which she also joined.
During a performance of The Practical Theater's "Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee", she garnered attention and was asked to join the ensemble cast of "Saturday Night Live". She remained with the late-night comedy series for three years.
Adept at both comedy and drama, her other film credits include Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" and "Hannah and Her Sisters"; Ivan Reitman's "Fathers' Day", with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal; and "Queen of the Whole Wide World". Louis-Dreyfus also starred in the television adaptation of the Neil Simon comedy "London Suite".
She has also been seen frequently on television as a commercial spokesperson for such companies and products as AT&T and Clairol "Nice and Easy".
Louis-Dreyfus is married to writer/producer Brad Hall; the pair have known each other since their college days at Northwestern and were co-stars on "Saturday Night Live". Hall also created "Watching Ellie" and served as the series executive producer.