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.
Jay Pritchett heads a diverse family, including his younger Colombian wife and her son, as they deal with the challenges of contemporary life in Los Angeles. While Jay's grown daughter raises three kids, Jay's gay son has adopted a Vietnamese baby.