Seinfeld is one of the most beloved sitcoms in recent memory, and its re-runs and syndications continue to land Jerry Seinfeld on the top of the highest earning comedians list despite it ending in 1998, but it didn't just send Jerry's career stratospheric or introduce us to the comedy genius of Larry David, it also launched the careers of some of the best-known actresses out there.
Here we take a look at some of the actors that played Jerry's girlfriends on the show and what they got up to after it.
Courtney Cox as Meryl
Cox would appear on Seinfeld as Jerry's girlfriend Meryl who would pretend to be his wife to take advantage of his dry cleaning discounts and enjoy out-of-house syrup with their pancakes. Later the actor went on to star in Friends, and the two shows would regularly battle it out for ratings supremacy on Thursday nights for nearly a decade.
Continuing to appear on film and television, she now also owns her own production company.
Anna Gunn as Amy
Appearing in the episode "The Glasses" Amy was mistakenly thought to be cheating on Jerry by George but although only being seen in one episode Gunn went on to have a stellar career post-Seinfeld.
Gunn played a recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on the ABC series The Practice from 1997 to 2002 and was a regular as Martha Bullock on HBO's Deadwood from 2005 to 2006. She is perhaps best known for playing Skyler White, the wife of a school teacher turned drug dealer, in Breaking Bad for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014. She continues to appear on TV and film.
Kristin Davis as Jenna
Part of a memorable storyline about a toilet and a toothbrush Kristin appeared as Jenna in the series, but it was a year later that she would really puncture through into public consciousness as she landed the part of Charlotte York Goldenblatt on HBO's Sex and the City which ran from 1998-2004.
Sex and the City spawned two spin-off films which Davis reprised her role for in 2008 and 2010. Going on to appear on Broadway and the West End, Davis has once again returned to television and film.
Marcia Cross as Sara
A dermatologist, Jerry couldn't quite get over her job as he described her as “Pimple Popper M.D.” but although Marcia Cross didn't last long in Seinfeld, she had a pretty good soap opera career going for her before that in Knot's Landing and Melrose Place.
However, in 2004 she landed the role of conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives on which she starred until 2012. She currently recurs as President Claire Haas on the ABC series Quantico.
Melinda McGraw as Angela
In an episode where Jerry chases down someone who flees from a hit and run scene, he then begins to date the perpetrator played by Melissa McGraw.
McGraw went on to appear in several episodes of The X-Files, Men of A Certain Age and Desperate Housewives but is best known for her recurring role as Bobbie Barrett and Mad Men. She can currently be seen as Patricia McCready in Cinemax's Outcast.
Janeane Garofalo as Jeannie
Jerry actually proposed to Jeannie on his show after she saved him getting hit by a car, but she breaks off the wedding later on. Played by Janene Garofalo, she had a successful comedy career pre her appearance on the show and continues to tour and do stand up to this day.
Also appearing in a wealth of films and television shows, often as a guest star, you may have recently caught her in Gap Year and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
Christine Taylor as Ellen
Appearing in an episode called "The Van Buren Boys" Christine Taylor had previously made a name for herself appearing as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie.
Going on to appear in several other successful film and TV projects she would marry comedian, film star and director Ben Stiller and appear in many of his projects including Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball, Zoolander and Zoolander 2. The couple separated in 2017.
Debra Messing as Beth
The character of Beth actually did better than most in terms of dating Jerry on the show as she got to date him twice. However, she was outed as a closet racist in the "Yada Yada" episode of the show.
Messing went on to land the meatier role of Grace Adler in Will&Grace which ran from 1998-2006 he Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2003 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2001. She has reprised her role in the reboot of the show in 2017 on NBC.
Susan Walters as Dolores
In an awkward moment that led to Jerry forgetting her name, Dolores and he split up, and that was the end of Susan Walters time on the show. She did go on to appear as Diane Jenkins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2004, and again briefly in 2010.
She also landed high profile roles as Principal Rimkus on The CW's One Tree Hill, as Carol Lockwood on The CW's The Vampire Diaries and as Natalie Martin on the MTV series Teen Wolf.
Teri Hatcher as Sidra
Jerry became obsessed with Sidra, but when his friends were insistent she had breast implants he couldn't shake the thought from his mind, and it ended up costing him the relationship.
Teri Hatcher who played Sidra went on to make a name for herself playing Louis Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman between1993–97 before landing the prized role of a Bond Girl as Paris Carver in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. She then returned to television in Desperate Housewives (2004–12), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2017, Hatcher appeared as Queen Rhea of Daxam in a recurring role on the CW series Supergirl.
Katherine LaNasa As Cathy
Breaking up over Jerry's weird love of Melrose Place. Cathy was played by Katherine LaNasa.
She went to have a leading role in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters (2001–2002) and appeared in recurring roles on Judging Amy, Two and a Half Men, Big Love and Longmire. Also a dancer and choreographer she currently has a recurring role on The Imposters.
Alexandra Wentworth as Sheila
Appearing in the famed "The Soup Nazi" episode, Alexandra would play clingy girlfriend Sheila who was often referred to as 'Schmoopy'.
Wentworth was known for her sketch comedy work on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color from 1992 to 1994, 2001. Wentworth's most notable film appearances include Jerry Maguire, Office Space, and It's Complicated. She has written several books as well.
Jennifer Coolidge as Jeni
Jeni was a masseuse who refused to massage her Jerry as her boyfriend but accepted his friends as paying customers which drove him to end the relationship.
Jennifer Coolidge would later game notoriety for playing Stiffler's mom in the American Pie films as well as Paulette in Legally Blonde and currently appearing as Sophie in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Catherine Keener as Nina
Appearing as Nina, a girlfriend who got the boot for plagiarizing a love letter she wrote to Jerry, Catherine Keener is now one of the most highly lauded actors in Hollywood.
She has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich (1999) and Harper Lee in Capote (2005). Keener also appeared in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Into the Wild (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), and Get Out (2017).
Marlee Matlin as Laura
Laura's character was deaf, and so the relationship with Jerry was ill-fated when he thought he could pretend to sign and get away with it. Marlee Matlin is a deaf actress herself and pre- her Seinfeld appearance, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God (1986) and to date is the only deaf performer to have won the award.
Appearing in hit shows such as The West Wing and The L Word, she continues to work in film and television and has her own YouTube show My Deaf Family.
Lauren Graham as Valerie
Playing Valerie, the pair split after a moment of miscommunication due to speed dialing.
Lauren is best recognized for her role as Lorelai Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls (2000–07), for which she received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and five Satellite Award nominations. She is also known for film roles in Sweet November (2001), Bad Santa (2003), The Pacifier (2005), Because I Said So (2007), and Evan Almighty (2007). From 2010 to 2015, Graham starred as Sarah Braverman on the NBC television drama Parenthood. She also reprised her role as Lorelai in 2016's miniseries reboot Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix.
Lori Loughlin as Patty
Lori Loughlin was best known for playing Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995 before she appeared on a Seinfeld episode in 1997.
From 2008 to 2011, she played Debbie Wilson on The CW series 90210 (2008–2011, 2012). She is also known for playing Ava Gregory on The WB series Summerland (2004–2005), which she also co-created and produced. She also returned to her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis in the sequel series to Full House called Fuller House on Netflix, which is still running.
Julia-Louis Dreyfuss as Elaine Benes
A Saturday Night Live cast member from 1982-85 before appearing on Seinfeld where she played the integral character, Elaine. Although not a love interest for Jerry for most of the show's run, there were moments of would-they-wouldn't-they tension that permeated throughout the show.
After Seinfeld, Dreyfuss went on to appear in The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10), and Veep (2012–present). With a total of eleven Emmy Awards, eight for acting and three for producing, she is tied with Cloris Leachman for winning more Emmy Awards than any other performer.