Kicking off the Emmys with the second Modern Family win in a row, Julie Bowen (Claire) just took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy. Here’s the top 10 facts you need to know about her:
1. She plays Claire Dunphy on the show Modern Family
2. She’s from Baltimore, Maryland
Growing up with her two sisters she first got into acting by putting on plays in her backyard with her two sisters.
3. She Attended Brown University
There she earned a B.A. in Italian Renaissance Studies in 1991 while working as an actress in a variety of TV shows.
4. While in College She Starred in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door and Lemon Sky
Developing her career, each of these shows helped pave her way during her early years towards success today as both a TV and movie actress.
5. She’s Fluent in Italian
Taking her studies to the next level, Julie moved overseas in her junior year at college to spend a year in Florence and apply her studies to real life while developing her language abilities.
6. She’s Married with Three Sons (two of them twins!)
Described as her own personal “Modern Family,” Julie is thrilled about her family and is proud for all of the support they give her both on the set and while at home (even though she says her stage life is a lot less hectic than her real one).
7. Her Breakout Role Was in the TV show Ed
There she played for three seasons as Carol Vassey, the dream girl and former classmate and “sexy schoolteacher” on the popular NBC show.
8. It’s Her Second Emmy for Modern Family
Nominated for an Emmy three years in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012), Julie took hope two of those in a row (2011 and this year’s 2012 Emmy) for her role in Modern Family.
9. She’s a Spokeswoman for Neutrogena
She’s also the voice for Pampers, helping to promote their childcare products (and with three sons this may be geared a bit more towards her own personal life as well).
10. She Played Major Roles in the movies Happy Gilmore, Multiplicity, An American Werewolf in Paris, Venus & Mars and Joe Somebody.
In Happy Gilmore she played Gilmore’s love interest and in Joe Somebody she starred opposite Tim Allen — expanding her roles beyond TV and into the silver screen off and on throughout her acting career.
Her advice to every aspiring young actress out there today? “Stick with it … when you’re in your 20s there’s a million people out there, but when you’re in your 40s there’s no many of us remaining.”