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A versatile actress of television and film with girl-next-door good looks, Julie Bowen was born Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer in Baltimore on March 3, 1970. She speaks fluent Italian thanks to a degree in Italian Renaissance studies from Brown University, where she appeared in a string of student theater productions.

Bowen landed her first film role in the indie flick Five Spot Jewel (1992) while she was still in college; that same year, she appeared briefly on the soap opera "Loving." She later co-starred as Adam Sandler's all-business girlfriend in Happy Gilmore (1996), playing pretty publicist Virginia Venit.

Although Bowen enjoyed prominent runs on "Ed" (2000-04), "Lost" (2005-07), "Boston Legal" (2005-08) and "Weeds" (2008), she found real staying power as harried wife and mother Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family" (2009-). The role also brought Bowen her first Emmy nod.

Julie Bowen in Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

2011 R

Disgruntled buddies Nick, Kurt and Dale can't leave their miserable jobs, so they cook up a creative strategy for eliminating their micromanaging and maniacal employers instead. Peculiar advice from a con artist sets the scheme in motion.

  • Julie Bowen in Planes: Fire & Rescue Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Julie Bowen in Modern Family Modern Family
  • Julie Bowen in Happy Gilmore Happy Gilmore
  • Julie Bowen in Multiplicity Multiplicity
  • Julie Bowen in An American Werewolf in Paris An American Werewolf in Paris
  • Julie Bowen in Boston Legal Boston Legal
  • Julie Bowen in Sex and Death 101 Sex and Death 101
  • Julie Bowen in Crazy on the Outside Crazy on the Outside
  • Julie Bowen in Jumping the Broom Jumping the Broom
  • Julie Bowen in Kids in America Kids in America
  • Julie Bowen in Knife Fight Knife Fight
  • Julie Bowen in Buffalo Bill: Seasons 1 & 2 Buffalo Bill: Seasons 1 & 2
  • Julie Bowen in Joe Somebody Joe Somebody
  • Julie Bowen in Partner(s) Partner(s)