Actress Julie Bowen is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer, Jr., a real estate developer. Her early education was at Calvert School, Baltimore and Garrison Forest School, Maryland. She moved on to St George's School, Rhode Island and then attended Brown University, graduating with a BA in Renaissance Studies.
During college Bowen acted in stage productions such as "Guys and Dolls" and "Stage Door". After graduation she relocated to New York and studied at the legendary Actor's Studio. Success followed with various TV roles, and in 1996, she appeared as the love interest in Happy Gilmore (1996). Other supporting movies roles followed. However, it was on television that she was destined to make the biggest impact with strong turns in ER (1994), Ed (2000) and Boston Legal (2004), amongst others. From 2009, she starred as Claire Dunphy in the hit series "Modern Family", for which she won an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award.
Julie is married to Scott Phillips, a real-estate investor, and they have three sons - Oliver and twins Gus and John.