After relocating to Washington, D. There, she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and studied theatre before dropping out to take a professional acting job. Louis-Dreyfus was subsequently made into a cast member on Saturday Night Live from to , becoming the youngest female cast member in the history of the program at that time. It was during her third and final year on SNL that she met writer Larry David during his only year on the show,  who would later co-create Seinfeld.
When the pilot did not make it to series, Louis-Dreyfus was retained by producer Gary David Goldberg for a role on his new sitcom Day by Day , as the sarcastic and materialistic neighbor, Eileen Swift. She played the role for nine seasons, appearing in all but three episodes.
It was only after the first episode that NBC executives felt the show was too male-centric, and demanded that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a woman to the cast.
It was revealed in the commentary on the DVD package that the addition of a female character was the condition for commissioning the show. Her performance earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once in , nine Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, winning one in and two in both and , and seven American Comedy Awards , winning five times in , , , and In , she received the Primetime Emmy Award  for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, an award she was nominated for on seven occasions from to After receiving the award, Louis-Dreyfus claimed the win was a "shocker", and that after being in both positions, it was "much better to win than to lose.
The series finale aired on May 14 and was one of the most watched TV events in history, with over 76 million people tuning in. In , she made several special guest appearances on Seinfeld co-creator Larry David 's show Curb Your Enthusiasm , playing herself fictionally trying to break the "curse" by planning to star in a show in which she would play an actress affected by a Seinfeld-like curse.
The initial premise of the show was to present viewers with a "slice of life" from the goings-on and happenings of the life of Ellie Riggs, a Southern California jazz singer. The first season included a minute countdown kept digitally in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, which many critics panned, claiming it was useless and "did nothing for the show. The show had undergone a drastic stylistic change between production of seasons one and two. The first season was filmed in the single-camera format, but the second season was presented as a traditional multicamera sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience.
Louis-Dreyfus dismissed the rumor as "a made-up thing by the media",  while Seinfeld co-creator Larry David asserted that the curse was "completely idiotic. The series told the story of Christine Campbell, a single mother who manages to maintain a fantastic relationship with her ex-husband, while running a women's gym. The series debuted on CBS in March to an audience of 15 million and was initially a ratings winner for the network.
Referring to the curse , she stated in her acceptance speech, "I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this, baby! In , she also received two nominations for a People's Choice Award due to her return to popularity, thanks to the success of Old Christine. In May , Louis-Dreyfus hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, becoming the first former female cast member to return to the show in the hosting role.
Louis-Dreyfus reprised her role as Gloria in two Simpsons episodes: In the fall of , she appeared with rest of the cast of Seinfeld in four episodes of the seventh season of Larry David 's sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. The reunion shows received much media attention, and the episode received strong ratings for the HBO series. Previous winners had included Lucille Ball and Mike Myers.
She was presented with the award by friend Amy Poehler. The following year, Louis-Dreyfus received the 2,th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, , for her remarkable contribution to the broadcast television industry as both an actress and a comedienne.
Originally, the star was set with Louis-Dreyfus' name spelled incorrectly. It was missing both the 'o' and the hyphen in her last name. Louis-Dreyfus played the sister of the main character Fiona Wallice, who gives her therapy online. When the series made the transition to cable television on the Showtime network, Louis-Dreyfus' appearance from the web series was included in the second season, airing in July She played Tina Fey 's role of Liz Lemon in the cutaway shots.
This was the first time the couple had collaborated since their earlys NBC comedy Watching Ellie. Hall wrote and directed the film, while Louis-Dreyfus played the lead role of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary obsession with the city of Paris.
The film premiered on January 29, , at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and has received considerable critical acclaim. Vice President Selina Meyer in a new satirical comedy series titled Veep.
The series was commissioned for a first season of eight episodes. It was announced, in addition to her starring role, Louis-Dreyfus would also serve as a producer of the series. The Hollywood Reporter asserted that the character of Selina Meyer was her "best post-Seinfeld role" to date and claimed that she gives "an Emmy-worthy effort",  while the Los Angeles Times contended that the series demonstrates that she is "one of the medium's great comediennes.
The show, however, won the top award in , and Her performance has additionally garnered her five Satellite Award nominations and five consecutive Golden Globe Award nominations. The film received rave reviews from movie critics, ranking among the best-reviewed films of During the episode's cold open, she reprised her role of Elaine Benes from Seinfeld.
She also has two half-sisters on her father's side, Phoebe born and Emma born They have two sons together, Henry, born in , and Charles, born in Today, I'm the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.