Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed Thursday she has breast cancer, tweeting her news along with a message about health care.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” the “Veep” star posted on Twitter. “Today, I’m the one.”
The 56-year-old actress’ 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, one day after the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where she took home her sixth straight Emmy, breaking the record for wins by an actress in the same role in the same series. Louis-Dreyfus has won eight Emmys overall.
New York native Louis-Dreyfus didn’t say what stage cancer she has.
She has been political on social media before and most recently retweeted Jimmy Kimmel, urging people to protest the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which a non-partisan congressional agency said would deprive millions of coverage.
The actress stars on “Veep,” the popular HBO political series, as Selina Meyer. But she may be 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.
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“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.