How Julia Louis-Dreyfus became sitcom royalty

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a sixth-season episode of Veep, for which she has won six consecutive Emmy Awards. She is lauded as one of the biggest and most successful sitcom stars.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a sixth-season episode of Veep, for which she has won six consecutive Emmy Awards. She is lauded as one of the biggest and most successful sitcom stars.PHOTO: HBO

NEW YORK • In 1989, Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up who could turn mundane observations into nightclub gold, and Larry David, a comedy writer coming off a failed stint at Saturday Night Live (SNL), developed an idea for a TV show.

But the pilot for The Seinfeld Chronicles bombed when NBC tested it with audiences. The sitcom, as devised by the duo, centred on the daily travails of three men in New York's Upper West Side.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'How Julia Louis-Dreyfus became sitcom royalty'. Print Edition | Subscribe