Julie Bowen

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Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Bowen in October 2014
Born Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer
(1970-03-03) March 3, 1970 (age 44)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Scott Phillips (m. 2004)
Children 3

Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer (born March 3, 1970),[1] better known by her stage name Julie Bowen, is an American actress. She is best known for playing Carol Vessey on Ed (2000–04), Denise Bauer on Boston Legal (2005–07), Sarah Shephard on Lost (2005–07) and Claire Dunphy on the sitcom Modern Family (2009–present). The latter earned her five nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2011 and 2012.

Bowen has also appeared in films such as Happy Gilmore (1996), Multiplicity (1996), Venus and Mars (2001), Joe Somebody (2001), Kids in America (2005), Sex and Death 101 (2007), Crazy on the Outside (2010), Jumping the Broom (2011), and Horrible Bosses (2011).

Early life[edit]

Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland,[2] the middle of three daughters of Suzanne (née Frey) and John Alexander Luetkemeyer, Jr., a commercial real estate developer. She is of English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish descent.[citation needed] One of her paternal great-great-grandfathers was John V. Le Moyne, a Representative from Illinois, and one of her great-great-great-grandfathers was Magnus Miller Murray, two-time Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3]

Raised in suburban Ruxton-Riderwood, Maryland, Bowen first attended Calvert School, then Garrison Forest School, and also attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island. She studied at Brown University, majoring in Italian Renaissance studies.[4] She spent her junior year in Florence, Italy.[2] During college, she had roles in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door, and Lemon Sky. Before graduating, she had the lead role in the independent film Five Spot Jewel. Among other places, Bowen studied acting at the Actor's Institute.

Career[edit]

Bowen had a role in the soap opera Loving (1992) and an episode of the college drama Class of '96 (1993). She had the lead role in the television film Runaway Daughters (1994). She played the love interest of the title character in Happy Gilmore (1996).[2] She appeared in the films Multiplicity (1996) and An American Werewolf in Paris (1997). She has had guest roles on television series such as Party of Five (1996) and Strange Luck (1996)

Bowen had a recurring role as Roxanne Please on ER (1998–1999). She first gained prominence on the television series Ed (2000–2004), where she played high school English teacher Carol Vessey. She then guest starred as Sarah Shephard in five episodes of Lost (2005–2007). She also played attorney Denise Bauer on the series Boston Legal (2005–2008), and had a recurring role on Weeds (2008). She was a spokesmodel for Neutrogena, most recently advertising the Pure Glow products. She appeared on an episode of Jeopardy! on August 31, 2010.

Bowen at the New York Television Festival in September 2009

Since 2009, Bowen has starred as Claire Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. For her portrayal, she received four consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2010–13), winning the award in 2011 and 2012. Bowen told an interviewer that winning an Emmy Award is more like "German soldiers in the trenches of the world wars", and that "when you win the award, it is like being pulled out of the trench". She also stated that "as exciting and wonderful as it is not to be in the trench, and to be recognised for what you do, it also means everyone has got a clear shot at you and that is a very frightening prospect for most of us".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bowen's eldest sister, Molly, is an interior designer who has appeared on Clean Sweep, and her younger sister, Annie, is a doctor at the University of California, San Francisco in the HIV/AIDS Division. Bowen has had a pacemaker since her early twenties due to heart problems.[6]

Bowen married Scott Phillips, a real estate investor and software developer, on September 9, 2004. Their son, Oliver McLanahan Phillips, was born on April 10, 2007.[7] On May 8, 2009, she gave birth to twins, John and Gustav, with whom she was visibly pregnant when shooting the pilot for Modern Family.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Runaway Daughters Angie Gordon Television movie
1994 Where Are My Children? Kirstie Television movie
1996 Confessions of a Sleep Addict P.J.
1996 Happy Gilmore Virginia Venit
1996 Multiplicity Robin
1997 An American Werewolf in Paris Amy Finch
1999 The Last Man on Planet Earth Hope Chayse Television movie
2001 You're Killing Me Jamie Quinn
2001 Amy's Orgasm Nikki
2001 Venus and Mars Lisa
2001 Joe Somebody Meg Harper
2002 Stella Shorts 1998–2002 Mother Nature Direct-to-DVD release
2005 Kids in America Principal Weller
2005 Partner(s) Katherine
2007 Sex and Death 101 Fiona Wormwood
2010 Crazy on the Outside Christy
2011 Jumping the Broom Amy the wedding Planner
2011 Horrible Bosses Rhonda Harken
2012 Conception Tiffany
2012 Knife Fight Peaches
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Lil' Dipper Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Loving Unknown Unknown episodes
1993 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Chris Episode: "No Visible Bruises: The Kate Koestner Story"
1993 Class of '96 Kristie Lewis Episode: "Educating David"
1993 Acapulco H.E.A.T. Danielle Perkins Episode: "Code Name: Body Double"
1995 Extreme Andie McDermott 7 episodes
1996 Party of Five Shelley Episode: "Unfair Advantage"
1996 Strange Luck Leigh Anne Episode: "Healing Hands"
1998 Three Amanda Webb 2 episodes
1998–99 ER Roxanne Please 9 episodes
2000 Oh Baby Nikky 2 episodes
2000 Dawson's Creek Aunt Gwen Episode: "Stolen Kisses"
2000–04 Ed Carol Vessey 83 episodes
2002 Justice League Aresia (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Jake in Progress Brooke 4 episodes
2005–07 Lost Sarah Shephard 5 episodes
2005–08 Boston Legal Denise Bauer 50 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007–08)
2008 Weeds Lisa 7 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gwen Sibert Episode: "Trials"
2009 True Jackson, VP Claire Underwood Episode: "True Takes Iceland"
2009 Monk Marilyn Brody Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Bully"
2009–
present
Modern Family Claire Dunphy 121 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2011–12)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–14)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2012–13)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2010, 2013–14)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2012, 2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2013 Talking Bad Herself Episode: "Blood Money"
2014 Family Guy Claire Dunphy (voice) Episode: "The Simpsons Guy

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Wainy Days Cheryl Episode: "Tough Guy"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Critics' Choice Television Award

  • 2011: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2012: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family

Primetime Emmy Award[9]

  • 2010: Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2012: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2013: Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2014: Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Modern Family

Satellite Award[10]

  • 2009: Nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) – Modern Family
  • 2010: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film – Modern Family

Screen Actors Guild Award[10]

  • 2006: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Boston Legal
  • 2007: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Boston Legal
  • 2008: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Boston Legal
  • 2009: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Weeds
  • 2010: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2011: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2012: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2012: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2013: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2014: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • 2014: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Modern Family

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