Seinfeld was a show that captured the hearts and minds of millions, and, at the heart of it was Jerry Seinfeld. Deep and shallow, complex and downright hilarious, Jerry gave us a wonderful nine years; he also had a host of memorable girlfriends. This is a list of some of the wonderful women our Jerry dated over the course of the show.
Anna Gunn as Amy
Anna Gunn’s character, Amy, dated Jerry briefly in season five, but the relationship was doomed from the start – it is Jerry after all! While Amy was popular with viewers, she was less popular, it seemed, with the forever hard-to-please Jerry. Their relationship ended almost as quickly as it began. You might have that feeling you recognize Anna from somewhere before. Look a little closer, and you’ll notice that’s Walter White’s wife, Skyler, from the hit crime show Breaking Bad!
Kristin Davis as Jenna
Cute-as-a-button, Kristin played Jerry’s girlfriend, Jenna, and their romance ended acrimoniously. A toothbrush in the toilet bowl incident was the funeral knell for this couple. It’s a shame because we actually quite liked Jenna, but that’s Jerry for you! After her guest appearance on the show, Davis had another guest role on Friends, before claiming success in her own right with a starring role as sweet and naive Charlotte in HBO’s comedy-drama series Sex and the City.
Teri Hatcher as Sidra
Sidra was very much the one who got away for Jerry, and their split was all his own doing. Being the architect of his own destruction, he listened to the advice of his friends and thought she had fake implants. He became so insecure and obsessive over it that she wound up dumping him! Hatcher would go on to achieve great success in television, firstly in The New Adventures of Superman, and then later in Desperate Housewives.
Marcia Cross as Sara
Teri Hatcher wasn’t the only one of Jerry’s exes to wind up a Desperate Housewife. There’s a joke in there somewhere! But, we digress, flame-haired beauty Marcia made an appearance as Sara, a doctor whom Jerry dates in season nine. Their break up is one of the shows most wonderfully awkward moments. Cross went on to win the lead role in Melrose Place, and, later in her career, also starred in the aforementioned Desperate Housewives, alongside Teri Hatcher.
Melinda McGraw as Angela
Angela had Jerry right under her thumb and was a powerful indicator of his shallowness. He went to confront her but decided against it because of her looks. Come on Jerry! Since Seinfeld, she has enjoyed a successful career in film and TV. She had supporting roles in Mad Men and The West Wing and also appeared as Jim Gordon’s wife Barbara in The Dark Knight. She is married to Steve Pierson, a composer, and they have one daughter called Lucy.
Courteney Cox as Meryl
Of course we all know Courteney’s most famous role, but, she was an up and coming starlet before then. She made an early acting appearance in season five of Seinfeld. She played Jerry’s girlfriend, and they were involved in a dry cleaning scam. Courteney came into the role fresh off the back of a Bruce Springsteen music video, and a guest spot on Family Ties. She followed it up with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the Scream movies, and, of course, Friends.
Janeane Garofalo as Jeannie
Jeannie was one of the rare cases of a girl that we really felt could go the distance with Jerry. In fact, in many ways, she was his perfect woman, and he even proposed to her. The fact that Jerry even considered marriage was enough to cause disbelief. But his own self-loathing got the best of him, and they wound up breaking up. Janeane went on to make appearances in shows like 24 and Wet Hot American Summer and also spent time as a political activist.
Christine Taylor as Ellen
Christine Taylor’s Ellen was a wonderful girlfriend; sweet, kind, and perfect for Jerry in every way. But, Jerry being Jerry, decides he can’t date her anymore because she is too perfect. Yeah, because that makes sense! Since appearing on the show, Christine has made appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development. Additionally, she has appeared in films like Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball, Zoolander, and The Wedding Singer, all with husband, Ben Stiller.
Debra Messing as Beth
Usually, Jerry breaks up with women for really petty or superficial reasons. But, in the case of Beth, he actually had a pretty good reason. They dated in the eighth season until he discovered she was racist and had to break up with her. Not long after appearing on the show Debra Messing would find fame and fortune starring in her own hugely successful sitcom Will & Grace. Since then she starred in The Mysteries of Laura, and The Starter Wife.
Susan Walters as Dolores
Season four episode “The Junior Mint” went a long way toward summing up Jerry Seinfeld; he forgets his own girlfriend’s name. Yes, he spends the whole episode trying to come up with ways of getting her to say her name, but can’t. She eventually breaks up with him because he can’t remember her name until it’s too late. Susan Walters, who played Dolores, has gone on to have important roles in The Young and the Restless, as well as teen drama The Vampire Diaries.
Katherine LaNasa as Cathy
The best thing about the show Seinfeld is that it was a show about nothing. How many times have you had squabbles with friends over the TV shows they like and dislike? Well, Jerry and Cathy’s relationship was ended due to his all-consuming love for Melrose Place. Katherine LaNasa took this part in an early role and has since had a strong career in TV. Her credits include Three Sisters, Judging Amy, and Devious Maids.
Alexandra Wentworth as Sheila
Alexandra Wentworth portrayed Sheila in arguably the show’s best-known episode, “The Soup Nazi”. And Sheila is one of the most memorable of the girls Jerry has dated, but, predictably, it didn’t last. Alexandra Wentworth, who played the lovable but clingy Sheila would go on to appear in movies like Jerry Maguire and Office Space. Since 2016 she has been a series regular on the Pop comedy series Nightcap. Wentworth is married to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Kristin Bauer as Gillian
Another girlfriend who was cast by the wayside as a result of Jerry’s neuroses. The crime? Well, Gillian had unusually large hands, and this proved to be too much for poor old Jerry. Since starting out with appearances on shows like Seinfeld, Kristin has become popular with turns in hit shows such as True Blood and Once Upon a Time. Kristin is married to Abri van Straten and now goes as Kristin Bauer van Straten.
Jennifer Coolidge as Jodi
A young Jennifer Coolidge could be seen in the season five episode “The Masseuse”. This was her first ever acting role, and her character Jodi did not want to give Jerry a massage, much to his chagrin. You probably recognize Jennifer more from her other better-known roles. She played Stifler’s Mom in the American Pie movies, and also appeared in Legally Blonde. Most recently she can be found in the sitcom Two Broke Girls.
Catherine Keener as Nina
Nina seemed like a great match for Jerry until she penned him that infamous love note. It turned out that she had, in fact, plagiarized the note. This, of course, did not sit well with Jerry, and he made the decision to break up with her. Catherine Keener, who played Nina, went on to have a fine career in film. Among her most well-known movies are The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Into the Wild, and Being John Malkovich. She has also received two Academy Award nominations in her career.
Jane Leeves as Marla
Marla was quite unusual among Jerry’s girlfriends, as she actually lasted longer than a few days! She eventually wound up breaking up with him after learning of his wager in the episode “The Contest”. English actress Jane Leeves may have achieved recognition in Seinfeld, but it was a leading role as Daphne Moon in the sitcom Frasier that really made her career explode. More recently you can catch her in Hot in Cleveland and Desperate Housewives.
Amanda Peet as Lanette
Stunning Amanda Peet played Jerry’s girlfriend, Lanette in the eighth season finale of the show. He was punching well above his weight with Lanette, and things went wrong once Jerry enlisted the advice of his friend George. Amanda has had a hugely successful career since her guest appearance on the show. She appeared in the movies The Whole Nine Yards, Identity, and The Way, Way Back. She has also appeared in TV shows How I Met Your Mother and The Good Wife.
Paula Marshall as Sharon
In a typical Seinfeld storyline, Jerry only started dating Sharon because she mistook him and George for a couple. Naturally, that’s no basis for forming a relationship, and things quickly broke down for the pair! Paula Marshall came into the role with a few episodes of The Wonder Years under her belt. Since appearing in Seinfeld, she’s had roles in hit TV shows like Veronica Mars, Californication, and Nip/Tuck. Her movie We Love You, Sally Carmichael! is currently in post-production.
Lauren Graham as Valerie
Jerry and Valerie had something of a strained relationship, mainly due to her stepmom. The two break up due to a speed dial incident that leaves Valerie disgusted. Lauren Graham came into the show on the cusp of even bigger success. Just a couple of years after her role, she would enjoy her breakthrough role as Lorelai Gilmore on the show Gilmore Girls. She followed this up with a leading role in another hit series, Parenthood.
Tawny Kitaen as Isabel
Wonderfully named Tawny Kitaen played Isabel in the season 3 episode “The Nose Job”. She plays a vacuous actress who Jerry doesn’t like but is physically attracted to none the less. Hilarity, of course, ensues. Tawny already had several credits to her name before appearing on Seinfeld. She followed up her role on the show with roles on the shows Eek!stravaganza and The New WKRP in Cincinnati. She also appeared in the 2014 film After Midnight.
Kimberly Norris as Winona
Season 5 was when the show had hit its stride, and we saw many different pitfalls for Jerry in the world of romance. The episode “The Cigar Store Indian” showed one of those rare instances where Jerry ruins it before he even gets the girl. Kimberly Norris plays Winona, a Native American woman whom Jerry manages to offend. Since the show, Kimberly has gotten married and changed her last name to Guerrero. She’s also appeared in Longmire, Grey’s Anatomy, and Blood & Oil.
Angela Dohrmann as Donna Chang
Jerry manages to snag a date with Donna after accidentally talking to her on the phone following crossed wires. He assumes she is Chinese because of her surname, but it’s actually Changstein, and she shortened it. This, of course, irritates Jerry, and the couple eventually break up. Angela Dohrmann, who played Donna, had been in Material World before her appearance on Seinfeld. After the show, she went on to secure roles in Star Trek: Voyager, Ellen, and Nash Bridges.
Margaret Reed as Mary
“The Baby Shower” introduced us to Margaret, and it was one of the most cringe-worthy, we’ve-all-been-there type moments. Jerry had been on a date with her three years prior and promised to call but never did. He runs into her at a baby shower, and she explodes at him. Margaret Reed’s unforgettable role was by no means her last. Most recently she is well known for having appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Gretchen German as Donna
What makes Jerry so relatable is also what makes him such an idiot. He shows his shallow side after breaking up with Donna because she loves a commercial that he can’t stand! Canadian actress Gretchen German played Donna in the season 2 episode “The Phone Message”. Since then she has appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Will & Grace, and Judging Amy. Since 1995 she has been married to James DiStefano.
Jennifer Campbell as Tia Van Camp
Jerry started to punch well above his weight when he formed a relationship with Calvin Klein model Tia. It all went wrong when she caught him picking his nose and ended it with him; something Jerry would usually dump a girl for! Jennifer Campbell may look familiar, and that’s because she appeared in two different episodes of Seinfeld. She also made several appearances in Baywatch, and guest starred in Boy Meets World.
Marlee Matlin as Laura
Marlee Matlin plays Jennifer, a deaf tennis lineswoman whom Jerry starts dating. All is going well until she misinterpreted his question ‘How about six?’ as… well, we’re sure you can guess! Anyway, things got worse from there, and the couple went their separate ways. Coming into the show, she had already achieved fame as the only deaf performer ever to win an Academy Award, for Children of a Lesser God. She has also had roles in The West Wing and The L Word.
Jami Gertz as Jane
Jane had an altercation with Elaine in a bathroom stall, and this sowed the seeds of her relationship demise with Jerry. Kramer also recognizes her voice as being from an “adult” chat line. Jami Gertz rose to prominence with her role in cult 1987 film The Lost Boys. Since Seinfeld, she has gone on to appear in Ally McBeal and played a leading role in the show The Neighbors. Last year she appeared on the hit show This Is Us.
Marguerite MacIntyre as Karen
Karen appeared in the episode “The Chaperone” and was a Miss Rhode Island contestant who took on Kramer as her coach. Things didn’t work out for Karen and Jerry, but they certainly did for actress Marguerite MacIntyre. She has enjoyed a successful role on stage and screen, appearing in shows like The Shield, Two Guys and a Girl, and having a lead role in Kyle XY. Most recently we saw her play the part of Sheriff Liz Forbes in hit teen drama The Vampire Diaries.
Elina Löwensohn as Katya
Katya was a retired Romanian gymnast who Jerry dated very briefly; he wasn’t just about American girls you know?! Jerry hooks up with Katya amid preconceptions and is left disappointed. But then, it’s Jerry! Elina Lowensohn is actually a Romanian immigrant who moved to the US with her mother. She appeared as Diana Reiter in the movie Schindler’s List, as well as appearing in Dark Water. She currently lives in France and has acted in many French-language films.
Kathleen McClellan as Melissa
Kathleen McClellan played the role of Melissa, a woman Jerry starts dating in an episode called the Apology in season nine. The special and quirky thing about Jerry’s new date, Melissa, was that she mostly felt comfortable when she was naked in his New York apartment. While Jerry was happy about Melissa walking around naked, Melissa, on the other hand, did not have that mutual feeling when it came to Jerry’s nudity and so the relationship eventually ended. The former model has continued to do some modeling jobs as well as several hosting gigs. Between 2003 and 2005 she was the host of For Better or For Worse.
Lori Loughlin as Patty
The Full House alumni played the role of Patty who appeared in an episode named The Serenity Now. The 52 year old (yup, Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis is all grown up), plays the character who pushes the actor to show his emotional side and ends up getting a very very emotional Jerry, more than she expected. Lori later appeared on the new version of 90210.
Pamela Brull as Laura
The actress played the role of Laura in the Seinfeld pilot, which is pretty awesome in itself. She pretty much paved the way for all the other future girlfriends and potential dates that Jerry would have. She played Laura who comes from Michigan to visit Jerry and stays with his at his New York apartment. Jerry thinks she has romantic intention only to find out that she is engaged. The actress hasn’t been in anything big since then and she mostly had guest roles on Saved by the Bell. She is a real estate agent these days.
A.J Langer as Abby
Langer, who has mostly been famous for her role on the show My So Called Life, played in season eight of Seinfeld in an episode called The Fatigues. She played the role of Abby who is a mentor, a fact which seriously intrigues Jerry. It turns out she is a little bit too obsessed for Jerry. Langer, who had mostly guest roles throughout her career, currently resides in London with her family.
Samantha Smith as Hallie
Samantha played the role of Hallie who joins Susan (George’s girlfriend) for dinner with Jerry when he is trying to get a membership to the Friars Club. Jerry shows up with no jacket, and when the club provides him with it, he forgets to return it, and you can imagine how that turned out. Samantha is mostly known for playing on Supernatural as Mary Wincheste.
Gina Gallego as Gina
Gallego guest- starred in an episode from 1992 called The Suicide. The storyline was fairly dramatic for the sitcom where Jerry’s neighbor, Newman, ends up in a coma after he tried to commit suicide. Jerry, who visits the man in the hospital, ends up being seduces by his girlfriend, Gallego. Later, the 61 year old actress had a guest role in Grey’s Anatomy and appeared in almost 30 episodes of the daytime soap, Days of our Lives.
Tracy Kollis as Marlene
Tracy Kollis appeared in an episode, quite fittingly named, The Ex-Girlfriend. Kollis played the role of Marlene who was George’s girlfriend who was also a waitress in the famous ‘The Soup’. Jerry becomes interested in her and they become involved. At the end he finds her quite annoying, despite her good looks. She ends up breaking up with Jerry, and he typically replies: ‘but you’re a cashier’. Since the show she had many guest roles on other successful sitcoms including Clueless. She now owns a business with her husband these days.
Cynthia Szigeti as Sherry
The funny woman who attended the comedy sketch school, the Groundling, played in an episode named The Library. When Jerry finds out that he owns money to the New York Public Library, he turns to his high school girlfriend, Sherry, whom he meets for coffee, and finds out that she looks quite differently than what he remembered. The acting coach and well-respected teacher actually passed away last year when she was only 66 after suffering from a horrible disease.
Jessica Lundy as Naomi
Jessica Lundy played the role of Naomi in an episode named The Bubble Boy where Jerry, who is dating Naomi, plays by accident, his voice mail, and she ends up hearing George making a comment about the way she laughs, saying she sounds like ‘Elmer Fudd sitting on a juicer’. These days she is mostly known for playing the role of Amanda Wainwright on The Inspectors.
Lisa Malkiewicz as Sandra
Oh Jerry, he keeps getting himself and everyone else in trouble. In an episode named The Cheever Letters, Jerry insults Sandra, who was the secretary at Elaine’s workplace, saying she is too chatty, which makes her quit her job. Elaine, then asks Seinfeld to apologize and so he does what he knows best and asks her on a date. Jerry, of course crosses the line and she leaves his apartment. The actress has appeared in a few films and TV shows, her latest being on Unhappily Ever After.
Anita Barone as Gail
The 52 year old actress appeared as Gail Cunningham in an episode named The Shoes in season four. Gal was a chef who was eager to have Elaine’s shoes, so she helps George and Jerry get a meeting with Russell Dalrymple if they promise her they will get Elaine’s Botticellis. Since the show, she has mostly appeared in low-budget films and had a few guest roles on a couple of television shows.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes
No list of Jerry’s girlfriends would be complete without the inclusion of Elaine. Smart, sassy, and no-nonsense, Elaine was perhaps the best fit for Jerry, because they were friends for so long. She was the beating heart of the show, and, though their relationship didn’t last, we preferred them as friends anyway. Julia Louis-Dreyfus scooped an Emmy Award for her performance, and quite rightly as well. These days, the woman who brought Elaine to life is starring in another comedy show, Veep, and continues to bring in the awards.
Marita Geraghty as Margaret
Margaret was Jerry’s girlfriend for a short while until Jerry learns that Margaret used to go out with Newman! What made it worse for Jerry was that Newman actually broke up with her! Something must have been wrong with her for that one to happen. Marita is known for other roles such as in The Luck of the Irish, Touched by an Angel, Numb3ers, and Frasier, to name a few.
Renee Props as Lois
Renee played the role of Lois, a woman Jerry goes out with who happens to work for his old high school nemesis, Duncan Meyer. Long story short, Jerry once won a race in high school against Duncan and won but it was only due to the fact that he cheated. Now, Duncan wants a rematch or else he will fire Lois. Jerry races Duncan again and wins because he is once again delayed due to a car backfiring. Today, Renee has guest starred on shows like Law and Order, and was a series regular on Hard Knocks.
Sara Rose Peterson as Claire
Beautiful Claire was a little too out there for Jerry’s liking. It was all fun and games until Claire made a voice with her belly button. Sara Rose Peterson was in several shows after Seinfeld, such as Charmed, The Sentinel and Friends, but hasn’t acted since her 1999 appearance as Elizabeth Hornswoggle on Friends.
Brenda Strong as Sue Ellen Mischke
The notoriously braless Sue Ellen Mischke played brilliantly by Brenda Strong, wasn’t technically dating Jerry Seinfeld. This, was a huge miss for the writers obviously, because Mischke was one of the most memorable guest stars on the show.
Since that iconic Seinfeld role, strong kept herself busy and continued landing roles on several TV shows. One of them was as Mary Alice Young on ABC’s hit comedy drama Desperate Housewives (alongside Teri Hatcher, who is also on this list).