24 The Veep star opens up about her recent breast cancer diagnosis.
THE EMMY WINNER VOWS TO HAVE THE LAST LAUGH IN HER BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER
She’s become one of America’s favorite comic actresses thanks to Seinfeld and Veep, but Julia LouisDreyfus recently made an announcement that was no joke: “1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote in a statement posted on social media. “Today, I’m the one.”
Julia, 56, reportedly got the news only one day after winning her sixth consecutive Emmy for best actress in a comedy series for Veep, and the diagnosis had nothing to do with the previous announcement that HBO’s sitcom would end its run after its upcoming seventh season. Producers will adjust the shooting schedule to accommodate Julia’s treatment, however. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit,” HBO said in a statement.
She’s also drawing strength from Brad Hall, 59, her fellow Saturday Night Live alum and husband of 30 years, and their sons: Henry, 25, and Charlie, 20. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supporting and caring family and friends, and fantastic
insurance through my union,” Julia wrote. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky.”
Fans and co-workers alike expressed their affection for Julia as she faces this health crisis. “It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time,” Veep creator Armando Iannucci tweeted. “I, and millions [of] others, send Julia our love and support.” And Veep co-star Tony Hale simply added, “We love this woman.”
— Bruce Fretts
Julia co-starred for nine seasons as Elaine Benes
“Sense of humor gets you through just about anything,” Julia says.
Julia and husband Brad Hall with their sons Henry and Charlie at the 2013