Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Glamorous Life

Although Julia Louis-Dreyfus dreamed of becoming a glam movie queen like her idol Barbara Stanwyck, she's found, since becoming a household name with the hit series "Seinfeld," that celebrity-hood is different than it appears to be from afar.

"When I was in labor," Louis-Dreyfus, mother of a one-and-a-half-year-old, explains, "I was lying there, in a very compromised position, physically. I don't want to be too graphic because it's disgusting, but suffice it to say this woman nurse walks in while I'm pushing and grunting and moaning, and she goes, 'Oh my God, it's Elaine from "Seinfeld"!'"

The suggestion that perhaps fame will be different if she hits the big time on the big screen only makes Louis-Dreyfus, who co-stars with "Seinfeld" cohort Jason Alexander in Rob Reiner's new feature North, roll her eyes. "You still have to pay the bills," she says, laughing, "and still get that last load of laundry in."


Debbie Alexander