Julie Bowen (born March 3, 1970) is an American film and television actress. She is known for portraying the roles of Carol Vessey on Ed and Denise Bauer on Boston Legal. In 2010 and 2011, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for her present role as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family.
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Bowen was born Julia Bowen Luetkemeyer in Baltimore, Maryland, the middle of three daughters of Suzanne (Frey) and John Alexander Luetkemeyer, Jr., a commercial real estate developer. Her older sister, Molly Luetkemeyer, is an interior designer who has appeared on Clean Sweep, and her younger sister, Annie Luetkemeyer, is a doctor at the University of California, San Francisco in the HIV/AIDS Division. Raised in suburban Ruxton, she first attended the Calvert, Garrison Forest Schools and also attended St. George's School, Newport in Rhode Island. She matriculated at Brown University, majoring in Italian Renaissance studies. In her junior year, Bowen spent a year abroad in Florence, Italy. During college, she had roles in Guys and Dolls, Stage Door, and Lemon Sky. Before graduating, Bowen had the lead role in the independent film Five Spot Jewel. Among other places, Bowen studied acting at the Actor's Institute
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Julie Bowen The Lion King 3D' premiere in Los Angeles