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Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced Thursday that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
In a tweet, the 56-year-old comedic actress, star of “Veep” and “Seinfeld,” shared the news with a note that said, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I am the one.”
Louis-Dreyfus, who just made Emmy history with her sixth straight win for HBO’s “Veep,” also noted that she is grateful for the support of her family and friends, and the “fantastic insurance” she has through her union.
“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote. “So let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an HBO statement said that Louis-Dreyfus got her diagnosis the day after her historic Emmy win on September 17. The statement also said that her diagnosis had no influence on the decision to conclude “Veep,” which will air its seventh and final season in 2018.
Here is the statement from HBO:
“It had no bearing in the decision to renew ‘Veep’ for a final season. The writers will continue prepping as business as usual, and HBO will adjust the production schedule as needed. 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.'”