Julia Sweeney took birth in the Spokane City of Washington and was born to Robert M. Sweeney (her father) and Jeri Sweeney (her mother). She comes from a well disciplined background as her father was a federal prosecutor and an attorney, whereas her mother was a housewife. As an Irish catholic girl, she was responsible and dutiful since the very beginning, as they were five brothers and sisters in all, and she was the oldest among them. Two of her brothers, William Sweeney and Michael Ivers Sweeney, died at an early age, whereas Jim Sweeney and Meg Sweeney live in the city of Japan.
She was talented since childhood and had great interest in imitating the voices of other actresses and also invented new characters for fun. She completed her primary education from Marycliff High School, and later, went to Gonzaga Preparatory School. She completed her graduation from Washington University and was a double major in European History and Economics. After completing her studies, she went to Los Angeles. Here, she was an accountant for the United Artists (entertainment studio) and Columbia Pictures. In LA, not only did she work as an accountant, but also joined a comedy troupe.
This step of hers gave a boost to her imagination as here she used to invent new characters and then utilize them for stage films and television series. Her developed character, Mea Culpa, received a prestigious award in 1968, from L.A Weekly. Sweeney became popular because of the name Saturday Night. In the year 1989, Lorne Michaels saw Sweeney and could see the spark in her. He featured her as one of SNL’s players and here she acted for four years, from the year 1990 to 1994. She is famous for performing autobiographical monologues. The eminent ones being God Said Ha (released in 2003 and earned a Golden Globe Award), In The Family Way (based on how Sweeney adopted her daughter from China and was directed by Mark Brokaw), and Letting Go of God (based on how Sweeney was brought-up as a catholic, the ideologies she supported, etc).
As an author, she wrote the script of the film, It’s Pat, and acted the lead character in it. She starred in movies such as ‘Coneheads’, ‘Whatever it Takes’, and played the role of Mrs. Keeper in the famous movie, ‘
Stuart Little’. In various movies, she played the guest role of a consultant, bartender’s assistant, etc. In Chicago, the news quiz radio show, ‘Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me’ was also part of her filmography and she played her part well there. She married scientist Michael Blum, and together they adopted a daughter named Mulan Sweeney, from China. Sweeney’s brother, Michael, died of lymphoma and soon Julia too suffered from cancer. Through her courage, she survived and is happily living life.