Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy Success Rivals Redheaded TV Great

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 06:36 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus passed comedienne Lucille Ball this summer when she received her 14th Emmy nomination, and a fourth statue during this Sunday's Emmy broadcast would tie the "I Love Lucy" legend in total wins.

Her 14 nominations have been for supporting or lead actress roles spread across three shows, "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and her current HBO comedy, "Veep." She's already become the only actress to win an Emmy for three different shows.

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Despite the recent success, Louis-Dreyfus will always be best known for role as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld," which began in 1989, especially for her crazy dancing and long curly hairstyle.

Her career began in 1982, when she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." She spent three seasons on the sketch-comedy program.

Louis-Dreyfus is nominated this year for her role on "Veep" as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer, who always seems to find herself in embarrassing situations. She is competing with Laura Dern of the since-canceled "Enlightened," Lena Dunham of "Girls," Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie," Tina Fey of "30 Rock," and Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation."

She won her third Emmy last year for "Veep."

In addition to television, Louis-Dreyfus is starring in her first leading big-screen role, the romantic comedy "Enough Said" with the late James Gandolfini, which opened Wednesday to positive reviews. She plays a masseuse who falls in love with Gandolfini's character, who also happens to be the ex-husband of her friend (Catherine Keener).

Louis-Dreyfus recently told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival about her experiences working with Gandolfini, who died over the summer at age 51.

"It was a dream," Louis-Dreyfus said, according to United Press International. "[Gandolfini] was one of the great American actors. I think that's not an exaggeration to say in any way. I had a couple of moments working with him where I will admit I thought, 'I can't believe I'm looking into this face.' Because what a face. But he was incredibly hard-working; very, very self-effacing. A lot of certain insecurities I found particularly endearing and sort of perfect for the part. It was interesting because we didn't know each other particularly well to begin with, but we liked each other a lot from the get-go.

"I will never forget him."

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