Julia Louis Dreyfus was born to writer Judith and Gerard Louis Dreyfus, a Frenchman who inherited the family's Louis Dreyfus Group that deals in commodities trading and merchandising. Julia’s father besides being a businessman is also an attorney. Julia's parents got divorced during her childhood and her mother later got married to L. Thompson Bowles. Julia has a half-sister Lauren Bowles through her mother's second marriage who is also an actress. Julia Louis Dreyfus lived in several states with her mother and stepfather. She graduated from Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland and later went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to study theater. While at college, Julia became a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' that launched many a career in Hollywood has also given a breakthrough to Julia Louis Dreyfus. Julia Dreyfus was a cast member on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' from 1982 to 1985. It was here Julia met Larry David who would later co-create America's most popular television sitcom "Seinfeld" along with writer-actor Jerry Seinfeld.