After it was discovered that Jerry Seinfeld once dated writer and comedian Carol Leifer, speculation grew that Elaine was based on Leifer, though that was later largely denied.
Leifer, who wrote or cowrote a number of episodes for the show, has said only some elements of the backstory of the character—that she and Seinfeld had dated and have remained good friends since the relationship ended—relate to her.
'I have never experienced anything like it and as producers and actors we all bow down to the Academy with thanks! So thrilled about the #Emmys Nominations for #Big Little Lies!
Madeline from #Big Little Lies is EVERYTHING.'Alec Baldwin said on Twitter, 'Many thanks to the Television Academy members for the nominations.
She is also warm and fuzzy with George and Cosmo Kramer as well, mainly by association.
His strongest friendship, by far, is that with Jerry.
Elaine Benes, the world’s favorite nut, provides the feminine balance, the female introspective, and the womanly voice in a world full of men.
Elaine hangs with the guys; she’s one of the guys’ guys and is a confident, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of woman.