Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted in September 2017 “One in eight 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 health care a reality.”
Louis-Dreyfus made the announcement days before the 2017 Emmys which she attended and won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Veep. Months later, it was announced that Veep had delayed production while Louis-Dreyfus underwent treatment. She returned to the set in August.
This past October, Louis-Dreyfus received the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor.
During her speech she stated:
“Last year, I was lucky enough to get an Emmy award for my performance on Veep, which was an incredible thrill—and it set some kind of a record for most the Emmys by somebody for doing something or other. Then, about 12 hours later, I was diagnosed with cancer, another hilarious turn of events. I’m only half-kidding, of course,” she said in part. “Cancer isn’t at all funny, but a big part of dealing with it has been finding the funny moments. The old cliché about laughter being the best medicine turns out to be true—which is good, because that’s what the current administration is trying to replace Obamacare with.”