Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer
March 3, 1970
(m. 2004; div. 2018)
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer (born March 3, 1970) is an American actress, best known for playing Claire Dunphy on the TV comedy series Modern Family (2009–2020). She also played Roxanne Please on ER (1998–1999), Carol Vessey on Ed (2000–04), Denise Bauer on Boston Legal (2005–07) and Sarah Shephard on Lost (2005–07). Her Modern Family role brought her six nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2010–2015), which she won in 2011 and 2012.
Bowen also appeared in films 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).
Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the second of three daughters of Suzanne (née Frey) and John Alexander Luetkemeyer Jr., a commercial real estate developer. She is the sister of noted infectious disease specialist Annie Luetkemeyer.
Raised in suburban Ruxton-Riderwood, Maryland, Bowen first attended Calvert School, then Garrison Forest School, Roland Park Country School, and St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island. She attended Brown University, majoring in Italian Renaissance studies. She spent her junior year in Florence, Italy. 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. Bowen studied acting at the Actor's Institute, among other places.
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). 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 (1998–99). She first gained prominence on the television series Ed (2000–04), where she played high school English teacher Carol Vessey. She then guest starred as Sarah Shephard in five episodes of Lost (2005–07). She also played attorney Denise Bauer on the series Boston Legal (2005–08), 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 Celebrity Jeopardy! on August 31, 2010.
From 2009 to 2020, Bowen starred as Claire Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. For her portrayal, she received six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2010–15), winning the award in 2011 and 2012. Bowen has said that winning an Emmy is 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 said, "as exciting and wonderful as it is not to be in the trench, and to be recognized 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."
Bowen married Scott Phillips, a real estate investor and software developer, on September 9, 2004. They have three sons, the first born in April 2007, and twins born in May 2009, with whom she was visibly pregnant when shooting the pilot for Modern Family. She is a self-described "low Protestant." In February 2018, she filed for divorce from Phillips. It was finalized on September 13, 2018.
|1996||Confessions of a Sleep Addict||P.J.|
|Happy Gilmore||Virginia Venit|
|1997||An American Werewolf in Paris||Amy Finch|
|2001||You're Killing Me||Jamie Quinn|
|Venus and Mars||Lisa|
|Joe Somebody||Meg Harper|
|2002||Stella Shorts 1998–2002||Mother Nature||Short films|
|2005||Kids in America||Principal Donna Weller|
|2007||Sex and Death 101||Fiona Wormwood|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Christy|
|2011||Jumping the Broom||Amy|
|Horrible Bosses||Rhonda Harken|
|2013||Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace||Dr. Devon Albright||Voice|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Lil' Dipper||Voice|
|2018||Life of the Party||Marcie Strong|
|2020||Hubie Halloween||Violet Valentine|
|1993||Lifestories: Families in Crisis||Chris||Episode: "No Visible Bruises: The Kate Koestner Story"|
|Class of '96||Kristie Lewis||Episode: "Educating David"|
|Acapulco H.E.A.T.||Danielle Perkins||Episode: "Code Name: Body Double"|
|1994||Runaway Daughters||Angie Gordon||Television film|
|Where Are My Children?||Kirstie||Television film|
|1995||Extreme||Andie McDermott||7 episodes|
|1996||Party of Five||Shelley||Episode: "Unfair Advantage"|
|Strange Luck||Leigh Anne||Episode: "Healing Hands"|
|1998||Three||Amanda Webb||2 episodes|
|1998–1999||ER||Roxanne Please||9 episodes|
|1999||The Last Man on Planet Earth||Hope Chayse||Television film|
|2000||Oh Baby||Nikky||2 episodes|
|Dawson's Creek||Aunt Gwen||Episode: "Stolen Kisses"|
|2000–2004||Ed||Carol Vessey||83 episodes|
|2002||Justice League||Aresia (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Brooke||4 episodes|
|2005–2007||Lost||Sarah Shephard||5 episodes|
|2005–2008||Boston Legal||Denise Bauer||50 episodes|
|2007||Wainy Days||Cheryl||Episode: "Tough Guy"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gwen Sibert||Episode: "Trials"|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||Claire Underwood||Episode: "True Takes Iceland"|
|Monk||Marilyn Brody||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Bully"|
|2009–2020||Modern Family||Claire Dunphy||Main role|
Director: "Red Alert" and "Tree's A Crowd"
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Marion Spartan (voice)||Episode: "Attack of the Headless Horror"|
|2014, 2017||Family Guy||Claire Dunphy / Herself (voices)||Episodes: "The Simpsons Guy", "Emmy-Winning Episode"|
|2016||Better Things||Herself||Episode: "Sam/Pilot"|
|2017–2020||Tangled: The Series||Queen Arianna (voice)|
|2017||The Mindy Project||Daisy||Episode: "Leo's Girlfriend"|
|Who Do You Think You Are||Herself||Season 9 Episode 2|
|2018||LA to Vegas||Gwen (voice)||Uncredited|
Episode: "The Affair"
|2019||DuckTales||Lieutenant Penumbra (voice)||7 episodes|
|2020||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||Herself (as contestant)|
Awards and nominations
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- "Cameo: Jason Winer". Baltimore Magazine. Archived from the original on February 18, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- Images, Getty. "Julie Bowen". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on February 18, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- Marbella, Jean (September 12, 2010). "Julie Bowen's modern life". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- "Julie Bowen: I feel like a sham actress because I haven't done Broadway". Metro. November 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Kennedy, Lauren Paige (March 24, 2011). "Julie Bowen: Modern Mother, Modern Family". Web MD. Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD. p. 4. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (May 8, 2009). "Julie Bowen Welcomes Twin Boys". People. Archived from the original on March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- "Protestant 'Modern Family' Star Julie Bowen Describes Passover Seder Experience". Algemeiner Journal. April 29, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- "Julie Bowen Files for Divorce". TMZ.com. February 6, 2018. Archived from the original on February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
- "Julie Bowen Splits $25 Million in Assets with Ex-Husband Scott Phillips as They Finalize Divorce". People.com. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018 – via msn.com.
- Bitette, Nicole (July 27, 2016). "SEE IT: Mandy Moore, Elizabeth Banks and countless celebrities create 'Fight Song' video to support Hillary Clinton Julie Bowen and her husband Scott Phillips are divorcing after 13 years of marriage". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- ""Who do you think you are?" Julie Bowen (TV Episode 2017)". Retrieved November 15, 2020.
- ""LA to Vegas" The Affair (TV Episode 2018)". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018 – via imdb.com.
- "Julie Bowen: Awards & Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
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