Brainteaser: Name That Heiress

Proving once again that the rich get richer while the rest of us get jealous, this person will get two pots of gold at the end of the rainbow -one from her family, and one through her own talent and hard work. The answer is not Audrey Hepburn -this just seemed like an appropriate image for the subject.

* She was born in New York; her father was born in Paris.

* Her grandfather was a hero in the French Resistance during World War II.

* Her father's name is Gerard, but he uses "William" in the United States, where he runs a business, because he thought his real name sounded too French.

* He is worth and estimated $3.4 billion.

* She moved to Washington, DC, when she was two, after her parents divorced.

* She studied acting at Northwest University, class of 1982.

* She never graduated.

* She got her first break in 1982, getting a part on a late-night TV comedy.

* She stands to inherit in the neighborhood of $500 million from her father, who is 75.

* She doesn't really need it- she made (and, thanks to syndication, still makes) millions of dollars a year from a TV show in which she co-starred.

* Her role wasn't part of the show's original plan, but after the first episode the producers felt they needed a woman to offset the male characters.

* One of her cousins owned the Adidas Shoe Company.

* Another (distant) cousin starred in The Goodbye Girl.

* After two bombs, she landed a successful TV show all her own.

Who is she? Continue reading to see the answer.

Highlight below to see the answer.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her father, Gerard (or "William") Louis-Dreyfus, runs the family business, the Louis-Dreyfus group, a "diversified commodities, shipping, real estate, manufacturing, and communications conglomerate." (Her Goodbye Girl cousin is Richard Dreyfuss.) Julia dropped out of Northwestern University in 1982 when she was invited to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, where she appeared for three years. She was then in two short-lived sitcoms before being cast as "Elaine Benes" in one of the most successful sitcoms in history, Seinfeld, in 1990. In 2006, she got her own successful show, The New Adventures of OId Christine, which ran for five seasons. Her latest series, VEEP, in which Louis-Dreyfus plays the Vice President of the United States, opens its second season tonight on HBO.  


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