Ju­lia’s breast can­cer bat­tle

DI­AG­NOSED DAY AF­TER EMMY WIN

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­COLE BITETTE

AC­TRESS JU­LIA Louis-Drey­fus re­vealed Thurs­day that she has breast can­cer, tweet­ing her news along with a mes­sage about health care.

The “Veep” star posted on Twit­ter: “1 in 8 women get breast can­cer. Today, I’m the one.”

The 56-year-old star’s note was pos­i­tive, declar­ing she has “fan­tas­tic” in­sur­ance through her union and sup­port­ive friends and fam­ily. She was quick to point out that not ev­ery­one is in her po­si­tion.

“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all can­cers and make univer­sal health care a re­al­ity,” the “Se­in­feld” alum con­tin­ued.

Louis-Drey­fus was di­ag­nosed Sept. 18, a day af­ter the Emmy Awards in Los An­ge­les, where she took home her sixth straight Emmy (photo), break­ing the record for wins by an ac­tress in the same role in a se­ries. Louis-Drey­fus has eight Em­mys over­all.

The New York na­tive didn’t say what stage can­cer she has.

She has voiced po­lit­i­cal views on so­cial me­dia and most re­cently retweeted Jimmy Kim­mel, urg­ing peo­ple to protest the Gra­ham-Cassidy bill to re­peal Oba­macare, which a non­par­ti­san con­gres­sional agency said would de­prive mil­lions of health cover­age.

“Ap­palling,” she wrote of the bill, which has since died. “Take ac­tion.”

Louis-Drey­fus ac­tress stars on “Veep,” the pop­u­lar HBO po­lit­i­cal se­ries, as Selina Meyer, and is per­haps best known for her role as Elaine on “Se­in­feld.”

“Veep” is set to end next year with Sea­son 7. Louis-Drey­fus’ di­ag­no­sis had no bear­ing in the de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to HBO.

“Our love and support go out to Ju­lia and her fam­ily at this time. 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 net­work said in a state­ment.

The show’s pro­duc­tion sched­ule will be ad­justed to work with Louis-Drey­fus’ treat­ment. “Ju­lia is in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the out­pour­ing of support and well wishes,” HBO said.

Louis-Drey­fus’ fa­ther, bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Gérard Louis-Drey­fus, died just days be­fore the 2016 Em­mys. She gave a heart­felt speech about him upon ac­cept­ing her award that year.

“I’m so glad he liked ‘Veep’ be­cause his opinion was the one that re­ally mat­tered,” she said.

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus, on red car­pet be­fore win­ning sixth straight Emmy Sept. 18, made univer­sal health cover­age plea Thurs­day.

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