Julia louis dreyfus as elaine
After relocating to Washington, D. For instance, I was president of the honor society. She studied theatre and performed in the Waa Mu Show , a student-run improv and sketch comedy revue, before dropping out during her junior year to take a job at Saturday Night Live. Louis-Dreyfus subsequently became a cast member on Saturday Night Live from to , 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.
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In a few weeks, she would be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, in a televised ceremony at the Kennedy Center, and she was anxious about her speech. Mountains of dumplings from Din Tai Fung for the writers, and a spinach salad for Louis-Dreyfus, which her assistant handed her in a Tupperware. I assumed that I was being asked to honor somebody else, and I thought, Oh, my God, what a hassle. I have to go all the way to Washington, D. No effing way. And I get the prize! And my attitude about the whole thing changed, it really did.
Elaine's debut[ edit ] Unlike her three close friends, Elaine is absent from the pilot episode. Previously the female role was supposed to be Claire, the waitress at Pete's Luncheonette played by Lee Garlington , but Monk's Cafe replaced the luncheonette and Garlington was dropped from the role. In addition to the first episode, Elaine doesn't appear in " The Trip " and therefore appears in fewer episodes than George and Jerry. Real-life inspiration[ edit ] After it was discovered that Jerry Seinfeld once dated writer and comedian Carol Leifer , speculation grew that Elaine was based on Leifer, though that was later largely denied. Leifer, who wrote or cowrote a number of episodes for the show, has said only some elements of the backstory of the character—that she and Seinfeld had dated and have remained good friends since the relationship ended—relate to her.
Thanks for watching! After moving to New York, she was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live in , where she showcased her comedic talents for the next two seasons. Though the role of Elaine was not part of the show's original concept, NBC producers insisted that Seinfeld needed a feminine perspective. For her performance on the series, she earned a Golden Globe Award in and an Emmy Award in During breaks from Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus continued to make films.