LOS ANGELES – Award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of the HBO political satire “Veep,” announced on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
On her Twitter account, the actress said “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, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she added. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.”
Louis-Dreyfus, 56, set a new record earlier this month when she won a sixth-consecutive Emmy as lead actress in a comedy for her performance in “Veep.”
It was the actress’ seventh lead actress Emmy in all, as she was honored in 2006 for her role in the CBS series “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
Louis-Dreyfus received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1996 during the nine-year run of “Seinfeld.”
HBO said at the beginning of September that the upcoming seventh season of “Veep” will be the last.