Late Thursday night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced on social media that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
Following the announcement, fellow actors Christina Applegate, Debra Messing, Sarah Silverman, Tony Hale (Veep), and Michael McKean tweeted their support for the 56-year old Veep star.
Joe Biden, former U.S. Vice President, who lost his son to cancer in 2015, also expressed his family’s support for Julia saying that the Bidens were with her.
We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia. pic.twitter.com/JP0c2wtrJ6
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 28, 2017
According to sources, the Emmy-winning star of HBO’s popular comedy series Veep, came to know about the dreaded disease the day after she won her sixth Emmy at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif.
It was her sixth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, bettering Don Knotts and Candice Bergen’s record of five wins in the same category.
Being the executive producer of the show, Louis-Dreyfus also received her third successive Best Comedy Series trophy, as well.
While on the subject of awards, Louis-Dreyfuss has also won an Emmy each for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Seinfeld,” making her one of two artistes to win the most overall Emmy awards, the other being Cloris Leachman.
This year Louis-Dreyfus triumphed over nominees Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Allison Janney (Mom), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).
Julia even took a pot-shot at President Donald Trump in her acceptance speech hinting at Trump’s possible impeachment in the future.
“We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” she said, drawing loud cheers from the attendees.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” said a statement from HBO, the network behind Veep. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
The decision to make the upcoming seventh season the last of the series was in no way influenced by Louis-Dreyfuss’ announcement. The decision had already been made weeks ago.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is married to actor Brad Hall and has two children with him. She is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.”
Here’s all the support and love Julia received on social media following her announcement.
It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support. https://t.co/XpVsiQrmj6
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) September 28, 2017
@OfficialJLD so sorry you have to go thru this, pal, but I know you will prevail. We are here if/when you need and we love you. ❤️🌈
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) September 29, 2017
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
J sending all my healing energy your way. You are incredible to use this moment as an opportunity to support others. Thank you. Much love xd https://t.co/okgfVDUeAW
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 28, 2017
I am heartbroken today to hear about @OfficialJLD but I know that if anyone is strong enough to fight this & beat it, it’s her. We love you.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 28, 2017
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) September 28, 2017