Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer in a post on her official Twitter account.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote.
The 56-year-old actress went on to say “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality,” she concluded.
The news comes on the heels of what has been a triumphant year for Louis-Dreyfus.
She broke the record for the most Emmys won by a performer for a single role earlier this month, after snagging her sixth consecutive win for lead actress in a comedy for her work on HBO’s “Veep.”
“We love this woman,” wrote “Veep” co-star Tony Hale, who plays Selina’s omnipresent assistant Gary Walsh on the show, while creator Armando Iannucci mused that “it is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time.”
It was her seventh statue in that category overall as she had previously won in 2006 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
HBO told CNN that Louis-Dreyfus received her diagnosis the day after her historic Emmy win. Her health did not factor into the decision to end “Veep” with Season 7, which writers are currently working on. HBO added the show’s production schedule will be adjusted if needed to accommodate its star.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement. “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.'” (HBO and CNN share parent company Time Warner.)
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About Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She was born on January 13, 1961 and is an American actress, comedienne, and producer. She is best known for her work in television comedy, including Saturday Night Live (1982–85), Seinfeld (1989–98), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10), and Veep (2012–present). With a total of eleven Emmy Awards, eight for acting and three for producing, she is tied with Cloris Leachman for winning more Emmy Awards than any other performer. She has also won the most Emmy Awards by a performer in the same role in a single series for her role in Veep.
Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with a nine-season run playing Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time. Other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine, which had a five-season run on CBS, and her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, which has been renewed by HBO for a seventh and final season. Her film roles have included Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Enough Said (2013). She has voiced roles in several animated films, including A Bug’s Life (1998) and Planes (2013).
Louis-Dreyfus has received eleven Emmy Awards, eight for acting and three for producing, with a total of 24 nominations throughout her career. She has also received a Golden Globe Award, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, five American Comedy Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Louis-Dreyfus received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2016, Time named Louis-Dreyfus one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.