Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards

Two-time Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen currently enjoys a successful career on both television and the big screen.

Bowen stars in the critically-acclaimed hit ABC comedy MODERN FAMILY as “Claire Dunphy.” Like Bowen, the series is a multiple Emmy winner. The show has also won multiple SAG Awards, for its talented ensemble cast, and a Golden Globe.

For four seasons, Bowen played “Carol Vessey,” the dream girl of former classmate-turned-lawyer Ed Stevens on the charming NBC series ED. Bowen then joined James Spader and William Shatner for two seasons on ABC's hit series BOSTON LEGAL. Other television credits include a recurring role as Matthew Fox's wife on the hit ABC series LOST and a guest star arc as a cheese shop owner who seduces a younger man on the darkly-comedic Showtime series WEEDS.

On the big screen, Bowen has joined the cast of LIFE OF THE PARTY with Melissa McCarthy and appeared in the hit comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES opposite Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. She lent her vocal talents to the role of the rambunctious “Lil’ Dipper” in the animated feature PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE. Her previous film credits include MULTIPLICITY with Michael Keaton, CRAZY ON THE OUTSIDE with Tim Allen and the modern comedy classic HAPPY GILMORE opposite Adam Sandler.

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bowen caught the acting bug as a child while putting on plays with her two sisters in their backyard. She attended Brown University, where she starred in GUYS AND DOLLS, STAGE DOOR and LEMON SKY. While earning her degree in Italian Renaissance studies, she also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian.

In the advertising world, Bowen is the face of Neutrogena and has been the voice of Olive Garden. Bowen currently serves on the board of directors for Baby2Baby, a charity which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children. She has also lent her time and support to the charitable efforts of Stand Up 2 Cancer, Maxwell House and March of Dimes, as well as Step Up Women's Network and P.S. Arts.