Bowen at PaleyFest in 2015
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer
March 3, 1970
(m. 2004; div. 2018)
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer (born March 3, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Aunt Gwen on Dawson's Creek (2000), Carol Vessey on Ed (2000–04), Denise Bauer on Boston Legal (2005–07), Sarah Shephard on Lost (2005–07), and Claire Dunphy on the comedy Modern Family (since 2009). The last earned her six nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2010–2015), 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).
Raised in suburban Ruxton-Riderwood, Maryland, Bowen first attended Calvert School, then Garrison Forest School and Roland Park Country School, and also attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island. She studied at 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. Among other places, Bowen studied acting at the Actor's Institute.
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.
Since 2009, Bowen has 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 told an interviewer that winning an Emmy 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."
Bowen married Scott Phillips, a real estate investor and software developer, on September 9, 2004. The couple has 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 which was finalized on September 13, 2018.
Bowen has stated that motherhood has made her a lot more conservative. In 2002, Bowen donated $1,000 to the campaign of Republican Helen Delich Bentley for Maryland's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
|1996||Confessions of a Sleep Addict||P.J.|
|1996||Happy Gilmore||Virginia Venit|
|1997||An American Werewolf in Paris||Amy Finch|
|2001||You're Killing Me||Jamie Quinn|
|2001||Venus and Mars||Lisa|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Meg Harper|
|2002||Stella Shorts 1998–2002||Mother Nature||Short films|
|2005||Kids in America||Principal Weller|
|2007||Sex and Death 101||Fiona Wormwood|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Christy|
|2011||Jumping the Broom||Amy|
|2011||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|
|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"|
|1994||Runaway Daughters||Angie Gordon||Television film|
|1994||Where Are My Children?||Kirstie||Television film|
|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|
|1998–1999||ER||Roxanne Please||9 episodes|
|1999||The Last Man on Planet Earth||Hope Chayse||Television film|
|2000||Oh Baby||Nikky||2 episodes|
|2000||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"|
|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||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)||2 episodes|
|2016||Better Things||Herself||Episode: "Sam/Pilot"|
|2017–present||Tangled: The Series||Queen Arianna (voice)|
|2017||The Mindy Project||Daisy||Episode: "Leo's Girlfriend"|
|2018||LA to Vegas||Gwen (voice)||Uncredited|
Episode: "The Affair"
|2019||DuckTales||Lieutenant Penumbra (voice)||4 episodes|
Awards and nominations
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- "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.
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- 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". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
- Schwab, Nikki (August 20, 2012). "Motherhood has made Julie Bowen more conservative". The Washington Examiner. Archived from the original on May 28, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "Campaign Contribution Search: Julie Bowen". newsmeat.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- 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.
- ""LA to Vegas" The Affair (TV Episode 2018)". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018 – via m.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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