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Julia Sweeney

“Losing my faith was the most spiritual thing that has ever happened to me”

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She is an American actress, comedian, and author. She is known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows. She played Mrs. Keeper in the film Stuart Little and voiced Brittany in Father of the Bride.

After leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, Sweeney returned to Los Angeles where her career was put on hold by a series of personal traumas. Her brother Michael was diagnosed with a lymphoma and shortly after Sweeney discovered that she too had cancer. Throughout the ordeal, Sweeney told stories of her experiences in serio-comic performances at Los Angeles’s alternative comedy club and the Un-Cabaret, eventually developing the stories into a one-woman stage show: God Said Ha!

Sweeney’s third autobiographical monologue is titled Letting Go of God. In it, she discusses her Catholic upbringing, her early religious ideology, the life events that led her to believe that the universe can function on its own without a deity to preside over it, and her transition to becoming an atheist.

An audio recording of Letting Go of God was released on CD in 2006 and it was filmed live on stage in May 2007. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 13, 2008. Richard Dawkins referenced Letting Go of God several times in his book The God Delusion.

She is a member of the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board, Freedom from Religion Foundation Honorary Board of Distinguished Achievers, and Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Advisory Board.

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  • 2017

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