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Julia Sweeney

Benevolent, sweet-faced, actress and comedienne Julia Sweeney, who was born in 1959 in Spokane, Washington, is normally identified with one single, highly unappetizing androgynous character. This sniveling, chunky-framed, springy-haired, plaid shirt-wearing, grotesque-looking character named Pat was the basis of many hilarious sketches that toyed with revealing his/her true gender. The oldest of five children, Julia demonstrated an early talent for mimicry but downplayed any interest in performing for serious college studies. She first came into contact with the show business arena following graduation. Behind the scenes she worked for five years as an accountant for Columbia Studios in Los Angeles. Developing the courage to realize her dream, she started taking classes on a whim at the famed Groundlings Theater. After fine-tuning her skills in improv, character development and sketch-writing, Julia was escalated to the big time when she was selected to join Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1990 as a featured player. Though she became a regular cast member the following season and found an instant audience rapport with her creepy Pat character, she was vastly underused, which seemed to be the case for many of its distaff team at the time. "Pat" would outshine practically everything else she did on the show, including her timid wallflower type named "Mea Culpa," whose character became the basis of a stage show co-written by Julia and actor/writer/husband Stephen Hibbert called "Mea's Big Apology" in 1992. Discouraged, Julia parted ways with SNL in 1994 and worked up a feature film version of It's Pat (1994) while her irons in the fire were hot. She co-wrote the script with Hibbert and co-starred with Dave Foley who played Pat's equally androgynous partner "Chris." The feature film did not generate great buzz, however, as it was basically a one-joke premise stretched to the limit. Following this and a few other insignificant character cameos on film, life turned extremely dark for Julia. Divorced from Hibbert, brother Michael developed lymphoma. She and her family vainly tried to nurse him back to health. Following his death, Julia herself was forced to fight a life-threatening illness -- cervical cancer. The whole process triggered an outpouring of writing which evolved into a hit one-woman stage show entitled, "God Said, Ha!" Applauded for its candor, wit and humorous handling of such painful subjects, the monologue debuted in San Francisco in 1995, and was playing Broadway by November of the following year. Preserving her work on film, she wrote and directed, with Quentin Tarantino in the producer's chair. While embracing this second career-defining moment, Julia won an Audience Award at the New York Comedy Festival in 1998 for her efforts, and earned a Grammy nomination for the CD version. She went on to complete a trilogy of personal sojourns. "In the Family Way" (2003) recounted her experience adopting a daughter as a single parent, and "Letting Go of God" (2004) traced her religious roots from devout Catholic to atheist.

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Oct 10, 1959 In Spokane, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Goode Family 2009-05-27

2 wins & 5 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The War at Home
Poster of Desperate Housewives
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of Frasier
The Goode Family Margo / ... 11 episodes, 2009 2009-05-27
The War at Home Unknown 2005-09-11
Joey Unknown 2004-09-09
Father of the Pride Unknown 2004
Desperate Housewives Unknown 2004-10-03
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
Maybe It's Me Mary Krupp-Stage 22 episodes, 2001-2002 2001-09-14
According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
Clerks Unknown 2000-05-31
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Sex and the City Unknown 1998-06-06
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
Suddenly Susan Unknown 1996-09-19
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Mr. Show with Bob and David Unknown 1995-11-03
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11