Date of Birth 3 March 1970, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Birth Name Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer
Height 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Julie Bowen is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer Jr., a real estate developer. Her early education was at Calvert School in Baltimore, MD, and Garrison Forest School, Maryland. She moved on to St. George’s School, Rhode Island and then attended Brown University, graduating with a BA in Renaissance Studies.
During college Bowen acted in stage productions such as “Guys and Dolls” and “Stage Door”. After graduation she relocated to New York and studied at the legendary Actors Studio. Success followed with a series of TV roles, and in 1996 she appeared as the love interest in Happy Gilmore (1996). Other supporting film roles followed. However, it was on television that she was destined to make the biggest impact, with strong turns in ER (1994), Ed (2000) and Boston Legal (2004), among others. From 2009 she has starred as Claire Dunphy in the hit series Modern Family (2009), for which she has won Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Julie is married to Scott Phillips, a real-estate investor, and they have three sons: Oliver and twins Gus and John.
Is fluent in Italian.
Graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in Renaissance studies. She spent her junior year in Florence, Italy.
Her father Jack Luetkemeyer works in commercial real estate, Julie is the middle child among three daughters; older sister Molly Luetkemeyer is an interior designer in Los Angeles and younger sister Annie is a doctor in San Francisco.
Has said she regretted making The Last Man on Planet Earth (1999) because she was the non-lesbian character.
Went to Costa Rica on her honeymoon. While there, she and her husband helped newly-hatched baby turtles crawl from their nest to the ocean, ensuring that the group survived instead of being attacked by predators.
Attended the prestigious Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Has a pacemaker.
Commented that, apparently genuinely, the actor out there now that she finds the sexiest is DJ Qualls, who makes a very unconventional sex symbol.
She is a spokesperson for Neutrogena.
Her husband Scott Phillips, a real-estate investor, proposed Thanksgiving 2003, when she was starring as schoolteacher “Carol Vessey” on TV’s Ed (2000). The two have been married since September 2004.
Says that, while she was at the tail end of filming her fake labor scene on Boston Legal (2004), she went into actual labor with her son Oliver.
Julie Benz is often mistaken for her and, when asked for her autograph, Benz would sign Bowen’s name.
On the TV series Extreme (1995) she played a character named “Andie McDermot”. She later co-starred in the movie An American Werewolf in Paris (1997), whose main male character (played by Tom Everett Scott) was named “Andy McDermot”.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a son Oliver McLanahan Phillips on April 10, 2007. Child’s father is her husband, Scott Phillips.
Gave birth to twin sons (her 2nd and 3rd children) at age 39, John Phillips and Gustav Phillips on May 8, 2009. Children’s father is her husband, Scott Phillips.
On her hit series Modern Family (2009) she is married to a real estate broker (played by Ty Burrell). In real life, she is married to a real estate investor.
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Was considered for the role of Vickie Kittie in Mercy (2000).
She is of German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, and distant French, descent. Her great-great-grandfather, John Valcoulon LeMoyne, was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, and her great-great-great-grandfather, Magnus Miller Murray, was Mayor of Pittsburgh, from 1828 to 1830, and from 1831 to 1832. Magnus’s father was Commodore Alexander Murray.
[on preparing for the Emmy Awards] It gets insane. The dress, the hair, the makeup . . . I end up always picking the dress at the last second.
Modern Family (2009) $190,000 per episode