Julia Sweeney Biography

Julia Sweeney is an American actress, producer, director, comedian, and author. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Quick Facts

Birthday: October 10, 1959

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 60 Years, 60 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Julia Anne Sweeney

Born Country: United States

Born in: Spokane, Washington, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Michael Blum (m. 2008), Stephen Hibbert (m. 1989–1994)

father: Robert Mark Sweeney

mother: Jeraldine, Jeraldine "Jeri" Sweeney (née Ivers)

siblings: Jim Sweeney, Meg Sweeney, Michael Ivers Sweeney, William Robert, William Robert "Bill" Sweeney

children: Tara Mulan Blum

U.S. State: Washington

City: Spokane, Washington

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Julia Sweeney is an American actress, producer, director, comedian, and author. She rose to fame for portraying different comedic characters, most notably the revolting character Pat, in ‘Saturday Night Live’. Throughout her career, the actress has made several praiseworthy appearances on TV shows and in movies. Some of Sweeney’s best-known movies are ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Stuart Saves His Family’, ‘Beethoven's 4th’, and ‘Pulp Fiction’. She has also lent her voice to animated series like ‘Baby Blues’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘The Goode Family’, and ‘Father of the Pride’. Additionally, Julia’s best TV shows are ‘Maybe It’s Me’, ‘Frasier’, ‘Shrill’, and ‘Work in Progress’. She has also written, directed, and performed three autobiographical monologues. These are ‘God Said Ha!’, ‘In the Family Way’, and ‘Letting Go of God’. As a producer, she has produced several episodes of the TV series ‘Desperate Housewives’. She is also a board member for organizations like ‘Secular Coalition for America’, ‘Freedom From Religion Foundation’, and the ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science’.

Childhood & Early Life
  • After graduating from University, Julia Sweeney worked for five years as an accountant for ‘Columbia Pictures’ and ‘United Artists’. In 1988, she started studying improv-comedy with ‘The Groundlings’ and eventually became a part of the troupe.
  • In 1988, she made her TV debut in an episode of the TV series ‘Brothers’. She followed that up with small roles in shows like ‘Not Necessarily the News’ and the TV movie ‘Dinner at Eight’, in 1989.
  • 1990 was a breakthrough year for Julia Sweeney. She made her movie debut in ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’ (1990) and was then cast in various roles in the TV series ‘On the Television’ (1990). She also became a regular cast member, creating and portraying different characters, on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (1990 – 1994).
  • Simultaneously, she was also seen in movies like ‘Honey, I Blew Up the Kid’ (1992), ‘Coneheads’ (1993), and ‘Pulp-Fiction’ (1994). In 1994, she also starred in the ‘SNL’ spin-off movie ‘It’s Pat: The Movie’. The movie was a critical and commercial disaster. It was pulled away from theaters after one week.
  • Coinciding with the failure of ‘It’s Pat: The Movie’, Julia Sweeney received the news of her brother, Michael’s cancer. She also was soon diagnosed with cancer. The subsequent ordeal prompted a dark-comedy routine at the ‘Un-Cabaret’. It also led to her one-woman stage show ‘God Said Ha!’ (1995).
  • ‘God Said Ha!’ also ran on Broadway from November 19, 1996 to December 8, 1996. A movie version of the show was released in 1998. She then appeared in series ‘George & Leo’ (1998) and movies ‘Thick as Thieves’ and ‘Stuart Little’ in 1999.
  • In 2000, Julia portrayed Beth Newton in the direct to video movie ‘Beethoven’s 3rd’. She reprised the role in ‘Beethoven’s 4th’ (2001). She then voiced several characters in the animated series ‘Baby Blues’ (2000 – 2002) and ‘Teamo Supremo’ (2002).
  • She then played the series regular Mary Krupp-Stage in ‘Maybe It’s Me’ (2001 – 2002). Julia Sweeney soon went on to create and star in her second monologue, entitled ‘In the Family Way’ (2003). It was about her daughter’s adoption.
  • She followed that up with her third monologue ‘Letting Go of God’, in 2004. A movie version filmed live on stage was released in November 2008. In the meantime, she also produced episodes of ‘Desperate Housewives’ (2005 – 2006).
  • In 2009, she voiced several characters in the animated series ‘The Goode Family’. Her other notable voice acting roles were in ‘Family Guy’ (2000 – 2010), the movie ‘Monsters University’ (2013), and ‘Party Central’ (2014).
  • In more recent years, she is portraying Vera Easton in the Hulu series ‘Shrill’ (2019 – present). She is also playing Julia in the comedy series ‘Work in Progress’ (2019 – present).
Major Works
  • Julia Sweeney is most famous for her portrayal of the character Pat and other characters in the comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ (1990 – 1994). Her performance as the drooling, disgusting, unfashionable, androgynous, Pat turned her into a comedy legend.
Family & Personal Life
  • Julia Sweeney was married to Stephen Hibbert from 1989 until their divorce in 1994. In 1994, things took a dark turn in her life as she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
  • Julia Sweeney survived cancer and adopted her daughter Tara ‘Tian’ Mulan Blum at the age of 41 from Guangzhou, China. She has been happily married to scientist, Michael Blum, since May 3, 2008.

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