Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Nancy Pelosi: A Power Lunch, Times Two

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nancy Pelosi have a lot to say and are using the power of their celebrity to say it.  Here’s an interesting discussion between these two very successful women that appeared in the New York Times this week, A Power Lunch, Times Two.


Talk about a high-concept lunch date: bring Nancy Pelosi, who from 2007 until 2011 was the first woman to serve as speaker of the House (she is now the minority leader), together with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress who plays the vice president (and as-yet-unannounced presidential candidate) on the HBO comedy “Veep,” whose third season begins Sunday. Of course, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus has real-life rank, too, having won four Emmy Awards for her work on three television comedies: “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” as well as “Veep.”

Over lunch at A.O.C. restaurant in Los Angeles, Ms. Pelosi (in a pistachio jacket and trousers) and Ms. Louis-Dreyfus (in an embroidered black cardigan and slim skirt) shared plates of roasted vegetables, cheeses and charcuterie, and renewed an acquaintance that had begun a month earlier at the White House state dinner for the French president, François Hollande. After some initial debate about whether Ms. Pelosi should be addressed as “Madam Leader” (“No, please. If Julia is Julia, then I’m Nancy”), the two spoke with The New York Times about political wardrobes, powerful women and empty nests.

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