After receiving her start as a regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during the early 1980s, comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was forever immortalized as the assertive, serial-dating, awkward-dancing spongeophile Elaine Benes on the iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Prior to her superstardom gained from the show, Louis-Dreyfus made her feature debut with a minor role in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), and followed with rather ignominious appearances in "Soul Man" (1986) and "Troll" (1986). She had her first regular sitcom role on the short-lived "Day by Day" (NBC, 1988-89) and had a memorable supporting turn as a snobby neighbor in "Christmas Vacation" (1989) before joining the cast of "Seinfeld," due in large part to network pressure that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a female character to the male-centric series. For nine seasons, Louis-Dreyfus portrayed the insecure, but brutally honest Elaine with intelligence and biting humor, and held her own with her equally eccentric male counterparts (Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards), while earning numerous awards for her performance. Once the series famously ended, Louis-Dreyfus kept a relatively low profiled until returning to network television with her own sitcom, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS, 2006-2010), which demonstrated that she was free of the alleged "'Seinfeld' curse" that plagued her co-stars' subsequent projects while proving that she was one of television's most popular performers.