Julia Louis-Dreyfus is getting rave reviews for her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, a new HBO comedy series about an ambitious senator-turned-vice president who is comically stymied by her relative lack of influence. As HBO describes it, Meyer holds the least effectual post in the most powerful office in the world.
The show is scripted, but the actors also do some improvisation, which shouldn't be a problem for the former Seinfeld actress.
Dreyfus joins a regrettably short list of actresses who have played White House politicos. Fortunately, Dreyfus' character is joined by other powerful women, such as her can-do chief of staff Amy Brookheimer (played by Anna Chlumsky of My Girl fame) and protective executive assistant Sue Wilson (played by Sufe Bradshaw).
Click through to see actresses who have played White House bigwigs and hopefuls. Who gets your vote?