Ac­tress feted for ca­reer achieve­ment in com­edy

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ashraf Khalil

WASH­ING­TON — Af­ter a 35-year act­ing ca­reer and with two iconic tele­vi­sion characters to her name — Elaine Benes of “Se­in­feld” and foul-mouthed Vi­cePres­i­dent Selina Meyer — Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus has been hon­ored with the Mark Twain Prize for life­time achieve­ment in com­edy.

Dur­ing an evening event on Oct. 21 at Wash­ing­ton’s Kennedy Cen­ter, the 57-yearold ac­tress re­ceived a stream of tes­ti­mo­ni­als from celebri­ties in­clud­ing Jerry Se­in­feld, Stephen Col­bert and 2010 Mark Twain re­cip­i­ent Tina Fey — touch­ing on the mul­ti­ple as­pects of her ca­reer.

Fey paid trib­ute to LouisDrey­fus at the award cer­e­mony by track­ing the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween their lives.

“We both started com­edy in Chicago. We both moved on to ‘Satur­day Night Live.’ We both lost our vir­gin­ity to Brad Hall,” re­fer­ring to Louis-Drey­fus’ hus­band and for­mer SNL cast­mate sit­ting next to the hon­oree. Fey praised the “se­cret pre­ci­sion” of Louis-Drey­fus’ com­edy and her will­ing­ness to make her Se­in­feld char­ac­ter so flawed.

Ju­lia LouisDrey­fus

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