Less than two weeks after she took home her record sixth Emmy for her role as former VP-turned-president Selina Meyer on HBO‘s Veep, series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to Twitter to reveal that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer:
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.
“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Louis-Dreyfus was told of her diagnosis the day after the Emmy awards, and the diagnosis had nothing to do with the decision to end Veep with the show’s upcoming seventh season. Veep’s writers room remains remains on schedule but is prepared to make any adjustments necessary to accommodate any treatments Louis-Dreyfus might need.
HBO released the following statement to Variety:
“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.’”
After Louis-Dreyfus made the announcement on Twitter, a number of celebrities took to social media to express their support for the actress, including: Michael McKean; Roma Downey; Wanda Sykes; Veep co-star Tony Hale; and Christina Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy procedure almost a decade ago after receiving her own cancer diagnosis.
Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) September 28, 2017
Cancer is no match for you. Stomp it good. xox
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) September 28, 2017
Sending you love and light and prayers of support 🙏
— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) September 28, 2017
Love you Julia. You got this.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) September 28, 2017
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
With her sixth Emmy win this year, Louis-Dreyfus set a new awards record by surpassing Candice Bergen and Don Knotts as the actor with the most Emmy wins by a performer for the same role in the same show. She is also tied with Cloris Leachman for the most Emmy wins by a performer overall.