Julie Bowen was born as Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer in
Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Brown University
majoring in Italian Renaissance studies and spending a
year abroad in Florence, Italy. As a college student she
had roles in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door and Lemon Sky;
before graduating she got a lead role in the independent
film Five Spot Jewel, a role which earned her the
attention of an agent.
Julie Bowen had a role in the soap opera Loving and made her primetime debut on an episode of the college drama Class of '96. She also had the lead role in the 1994 television film Runaway Daughters, playing opposite Paul Rudd.
She had a role in Happy Gilmore as the girlfriend of the title character, as well as roles in An American Werewolf in Paris and Multiplicity. On television, she has had guest roles on Party of Five, Strange Luck, and a recurring role on ER as the girlfriend of Dr. Carter.
Julie Bowen's best-known role was on the television series Ed, where she played high school English teacher Carol Vessey and the love interest of the protagonist, Ed Stevens.
She played the character of Sarah Shephard in several episodes of Lost.
Julie Bowen joined the cast of Boston Legal, playing attorney Denise Bauer, in the fall of 2005. Her character has become one of the featured roles on the comedy-drama series.
Film List and Television
- Boston Legal as Denise Bauer (2005-present)
- Lost as Sarah Shephard
- Ed as Carol Vessey (2000-2004)
- Joe Somebody as Meg Harper
- Three as Amanda Webb
- An American Werewolf in Paris as Amy Finch
- Extreme (TV series) as Andie McDermott (1995)
- Loving as Raquel York (1992)