Tuesday, December 19, 2006

‘Cause I was gooooooooood: The alma mater announced their commencement speaker for the Class of 2007 today. I’m jealous: It’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus! (Though not too jealous, since my class had senator and future president Barack Obama.) The press release is surprisingly dry: Update: Turns out they made this announcement a month ago. I just got an alumni update email today.

Louis-Dreyfus, who attended the School of Communication, went on to earn critical acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit television series “Seinfeld.” She received an Emmy award in 1996 as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. During the show’s nine-year run, she also received a Golden Globe award, five Screen Actors Guild awards and four American Comedy Awards. Most recently, she won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her lead role in “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Louis-Dreyfus studied theater at Northwestern. As a student, she performed twice in the Mee-Ow Show, Northwestern’s satirical comedy theater group. She was a member of the Practical Theater Company and subsequently joined Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe.

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