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Julie Bowen's modern life
Julie Bowen's modern life

On screen, Julie Bowen plays a perfectionist mom, a sane obsessive surrounded by slightly crazy compulsives: the father who married a hottie younger than her. The man-child of a husband she considers her fourth child. The pigeon- and hotel bedspread-fearing gay brother and, well, just about everyone else in her aptly named "Modern Family," last season's breakout TV comedy. In real life, Julie Bowen is another mom but in a decidedly saner family — only her 3-year-old seems out of a sitcom, referring to his twin baby brothers as John and Other John. And forget perfection — at this point, she'll settle for the kind of sleep you get if you're not filming a...