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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Recalls 'Embarrassing' Lunch with Vice President Joe Biden

Originally posted 06/18/2013 03:45PM



Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of HBO's political comedy Veep, says having lunch with the real Vice President Joe Biden and meeting his staffers – who showed some resemblance to the characters in her show – was nothing short of "mind-blowing."

"One woman said 'Hi, I'm Allison. I'm the Dan Egan of the office,' " the Emmy winning-actress tells Katie Couric in an interview airing on Wednesday's Katie. "There was a Gary, this guy who carried the vice president's bags all the time. It really was bizarre."

What happened at lunch in Biden's private office also could have been a scene from Veep, in which Louis-Dreyfus plays the self-interested and gaffe-prone Vice President Selina Meyer.

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Chocolate! Pushups! Leaky Boobs! The Best of the Golden Globes Red Carpet | Claire Danes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Red Carpet Highlights: Stars Keep the Red Carpet Fun at Golden Globes

Originally posted 01/13/2013 07:30PM

Fashion wasn't the only hot topic on the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

From Claire Danes talking about being a new mom to Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepting a 52nd birthday present, nothing was off limits.

Danes – who welcomed son Cyrus with husband Hugh Dancy in December – looked flawless in a red Versace gown, but beamed most when speaking about her new addition (upstairs at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with his grandparents). "I've been in baby world," she told Ryan Seacrest. "I'm hoping I don't leak!"

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Inside HBO's Swinging Emmy After Party! | Claire Danes

Caught in the Act

Claire Danes, Lena Dunham & More Hit HBO's Emmys After Party

Originally posted 09/24/2012 10:55AM

Jimmy Kimmel joked that, during commercials, the Emmys looked like this: "all your favorite TV stars all in one room, checking their phones and ignoring each other."

But the picture was much different – and a whole lot more fun – after the show.

The official HBO Emmy After Party, held at the Pacific Design Center Sunday night, played host to many happy nominees, including lead actress in a drama series winner Claire Danes.

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Emmy Picks: What They Got Right and What They Didn't

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Emmy Picks: What They Got Right and What They Didn't

Originally posted 09/24/2012 08:35AM

For some reason I started Emmy night worrying that Hugh Bonneville of PBS Masterpiece's Downton Abbey would win best actor in a drama, or that there'd be a Downton sweep. He gives a perfectly lovely performance, but it's essentially like watching Piers Morgan mellowed by a life of having valets brush his evening jacket.

But Damian Lewis won for Homeland, allowing my head to clear and track what I thought the Emmys got right and got wrong.

Got right: Homeland, Showtime.
Mad Men and Breaking Bad both had tremendous seasons, but neither was as brilliantly focused right out of the gate as this new political thriller. It was fitting, too, that the acting awards went to both Lewis and Claire Danes: They're a sort of Janus head – two faces, terrorist and counter-terrorist, each collapsing under the pressure of a duty to protect (hers) and destroy (his).

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Emmy Noms: The Good, the Bad and the Snubby!

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Emmy Nominations: PEOPLE TV Critic's Take

Originally posted 09/22/2012 06:40PM

If you ask why I am crying, it's because Madeleine Stowe, star of ABC's Revenge, is not among the Emmy nominees. In fact, I am crying just as she would: My eyes are ringed with big, ready-to-drop tears of wrath and sorrow.

Otherwise, the latest batch of nominees is pretty satisfying.

It's great to see Lena Dunham and her fantastic HBO comedy Girls up for best actress and show. (But nothing for the supporting cast?) Dunham, who plays a smart, funny, self-absorbed young writer, is running against her comic antithesis: Zooey Deschanel of FOX's New Girl, on which she plays (and plays very well) a cupcake.

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Which Emmy Nominees Do Facebook Users 'Like'?

Emmy Nominees on Facebook: Who Has the Most Likes?

Originally posted 09/22/2012 04:30PM

Only the accountants at Ernst & Young – the official vote-counters for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – know who will take home an Emmy during Sunday's ceremony.

Until then it's anyone's guess. But we can tell you which Emmy nominees are getting the most buzz among 170.89 million Facebook users in the U.S.

Based on the number of "Likes" and the number of mentions on the social networking site, it seems Sofia Vergara is a fan favorite. The Modern Family star leads over Kristen Wiig, Mayim Bialik, Julie Bowen, Merritt Wever and Kathryn Joosten for the supporting comedy actress category.

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PEOPLE's TV Critic: All Hail Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is One of TV's Greatest, Says PEOPLE Critic

Originally posted 04/23/2012 07:15AM

I am trying to imagine a marble bust of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. This bust rests atop a marble pedestal, and the pedestal sits in a gleaming marble hall.

Can't do it. The hair is too chic, for one thing, and that's hard to sculpt. So, I'll spell it out: Veep, the new HBO comedy in which Louis-Dreyfus plays a vice president of very little brain, puts her firmly in the pantheon of TV's great comedic actresses.

Yes, yes, yes, Louis-Dreyfus already proved she was fantastic playing Seinfeld's Elaine, the woman who invented the urban sombrero. But that was an ensemble role. And she was lovely, relaxed and charming as a divorced mom on her mellow sitcom vehicle The New Adventures of Old Christine.

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Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on Seinfeld, Dies at 77 | Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on Seinfeld, Dies at 77

Originally posted 01/30/2012 08:20AM

Ian Abercrombie, the British character actor who found fame later in life by playing Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, has died at 77.

Abercrombie passed away Thursday of complications from kidney failure, having been diagnosed with lymphoma, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Having started his career as a dancer, Abercrombie spent four decades acting on the stage, screen and TV, before his seven episodes on Seinfeld changed his life.

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What's Your Worst Food Vice? | Julia Louis-Dreyfus

What's Your Worst Food Vice?

Originally posted 12/28/2009 06:00AM

No matter how faithfully you follow your diet, there's always one food that makes you weak. The New Adventures of Old Christine star Julia Louis-Dreyfus confessed to Shape that she'll break her diet for bacon. "In fact, I don't keep bacon in my house – that would be way too tempting," she said. Do you crumble for chocolate? Are milkshakes your mortal enemy? What's your weakness? Tell us below in the comments!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has More Elaine in Her | Seinfeld

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has More Elaine in Her

Originally posted 04/20/2009 12:30PM

More soup for her!

Following in the footsteps of the successful Sex and the City movie, Julia Louise-Dreyfus says she'd love to reprise her role as Seinfeld's Elaine and do a film version of the hit 90's sitcom.

"You get the financing together and I'll work on the script," Louis-Dreyfus told reporters at the 7th Annual TV Land awards on Sunday, set to air April 26.

Until then, Louis-Dreyfus, 48, is happy to reunite with her Seinfeld cast mates for several episodes in the upcoming season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm this fall.

"It was wonderful," she says, of working with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards again. "It was like we never left to be honest with you – so that part of it was quite surreal."

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