Actress Julie Bowen has a successful career since the early nineties. She has appeared in several films and television shows, most notably as Claire Dunphy on ABC’s series Family. Bowen has been nominated for many awards during her career and has won several awards including the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Screen Actor Guild Awards. Julie Bowen supports several charitable causes. She lives in Los Angeles with her three sons. Here’s how Julie Bowen achieved a net worth of $18 million.
She grew up in Maryland and Rhode Island
Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3, 1970 and grew up in a suburb of Baltimore. Her mother is Suzanne, and her father is John. Her dad worked as a commercial real estate developer and later moved the family to Rhode Island. Julie is the middle of two sisters. Her sister Annie is an infectious disease specialist. Her sister Molly is a designer. Julie graduated from St. George’s School in Middleton, Rhode Island. While studying the Italian Renaissance at Brown University, Julie Bowen studied abroad her Junior year in Florence, Italy. While in college, Julie discovered her love of acting. She joined Brown University’s Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) and studied at the Acting Institute. She performed in plays including Guys and Dolls, Stage Door and Lemon Sky. She also studied at the Acting Institute. After graduating from Brown University in 1992, Julie starred in the independent film Five Spot Jewel and headed to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In her early 20’s Julie Bowen discovered she suffered from a cardiovascular condition, Bradycardia. The condition involves a slower than normal heart rate. As a result, Julie Bowen had surgery to put a pacemaker in.
Her Acting Career
After graduating from Brown University, Julie Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She soon won a role on the soap opera Loving in 1992. The year Julie appeared in episodes of Lifestories: Families in Crisis, Class of ’96 and Acapulco H.E.A.T. The following year she appeared in two television movies, Runaway Daughters and Where Are My Children? In 1996 Julie had guest roles on Party of Five and Strange Love. She also landed the role of Adam Sandler’s character’s love interest in the movie Happy Gilmore and appeared in the film Multiplicity. In 1997 she was cast in the movie An American Werewolf in Paris. In the late 1990’s Julie Bowen began working regularly on television series. She had a recurring role on ER from 1998 through 1999. In 2000 she played the role of Aunt Gwen on Dawson’s Creek. Julie had a regular role as a high school English teacher on the series Ed from 2000 through 2004. Julie appeared in a recurring role on the series Lost as well as playing Denise Bauer on Boston Legal from 2005 through 2008. Julie had a recurring role on Showtime’s Weeds in 2008. Julie became a spokes model for the brand Neutrogena and remains in that role today. In 2009 Julie Bowen won the role that would truly make her famous, Claire Dunphy on the award winning ABC television series Modern Family. Modern Family aired from 2009 through 2020. Julie Bowen was nominated for multiple awards for her role as Claire including 6 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress, winning three consecutive years. Since the end of Modern Family, Julie continues to act in both television in film. In 2021 she appeared in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and in the movies The Fallout and Mixtape. She has also appeared on the game shows Celebrity Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
In 2021 Julie Bowen began a production company, Bowen and Sons. The production company recently made its first deal with Universal Television. Her first project with NBC Universal is a series that is already committed to a pilot. In the series, Julie plays the character Lulu Wallace. Recently divorced, Wallace returns to her hometown after 10 years. Having once ran a PR business, she helps her father, a magician, save his television show from cancellation. The head writer for the series is The Goldbergs’ Steve Basilone.
Throughout her career, Julie Bowen has supported and donated to many charities close to her heart. She participates in fundraising and awareness events. Charities that she supports include The American Foundation For Equal Rights, Baby2Baby, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The March of Dimes, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, The Sandy Hook Promise, The Trevor Project, Milk and Bones and the Revlon Run/Walk For Women.
Julie Bowen was married to real estate investor and software developer Scott Phillips from 2004 until 2018. The couple have three sons. When Julie and Scott separated she purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills for $3 million. The home was built in 1959 for heart surgeon Augustus Bakos and was designed by Thorton Abele. Beach Boy member Carl Wilson’s son bought the home and renovated and expanded it. Julie sold the home for $3.85 million last year. The glass walled home features an open floor plan and most rooms overlooking the pool. The home sits on 1 acre and is 3,212 square feet with four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. While selling her Hollywood Hills home, Julie Bowen purchased a larger home in Toluca Lake, California. Julie purchased the home from singer Meghan Trainor. Bing Crosby once owned the home. It’s a large modern farmhouse estate that sits on 2 private acres with beautiful scenery. The large home is 7,100 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths. The homes pool and patio area is the perfect spot for Julie to practice yoga. which she loves. More importantly, Julie loves living there with her sons.