She rose to prominence as one of the regular cast members of Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. Through her father, a billionaire heir to the Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the world’s largest commodities trading and merchandising firms, she had a cousin, Robert Louis-Dreyfus (1946-2009), former CEO of Adidas and owner of the Olympique de Marseille soccer team. Louis-Dreyfus’ maternal half-sister, Lauren Bowles, is also an actress, appearing with her on Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as on Veronica Mars and in the film Ghost World. One of the episodes that she did not appear in was the inaugural pilot episode, due to the fact that her character was not initially intended to be a part of the series. On the “Notes About Nothing” featurette on the DVD package, the series creator and star Jerry Seinfeld says that Louis-Dreyfus’ ability to eat a peanut M&M without cracking the peanut aptly describes the actress: “She cracks you up without breaking your nuts.” Her performance on the series was met with critical acclaim, and she was a regular winner and nominee at television award shows throughout the 1990s. in 2001 she made several special guest appearances on Seinfeld co-creator Larry David’s show Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing herself fictionally trying to break the “curse” by planning to star in a show in which she would play an actress affected by a Seinfeld-like curse. in 2007 Louis-Dreyfus reprised her role as Gloria on The Simpsons, which she had first originated in a 2001 episode.