Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis
The 'Veep' star posted on Twitter, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Veep star made the announcement to her followers on Twitter, writing, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."
Her post continued, "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, 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
Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis just one day after taking home an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series on Sept. 17. According to HBO, the diagnosis had no bearing on the decision to renew Veep for its final season. HBO will adjust the show's production schedule as needed.
"Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time," the network said in a statement to THR. "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."
Veep creator Armando Iannucci, co-star Tony Hale, Anna Kendrick, Rita Wilson and more stars took to social media to send messages of support to Louis-Dreyfus following the news, applauding her for using the moment to call for universal health care.
"It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support," Iannucci shared.
Kendrick also tweeted, "I don't think I realized how much I love this woman, who I don't know. Love her more for speaking up for others in this moment."
Christina Applegate, who overcame her own battle with breast cancer in 2008, wrote, "Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want."
Later in the day, former vice president Joe Biden tweeted his support for the Veep star, saying, "We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia."
Louis-Dreyfus' fellow Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander also shared his support for his former co-star in a late night tweet.
Your undaunted spirit has always been an inspiration to your family at HBO. Sending our love and support. https://t.co/fox4buJqiN— HBO (@HBO) September 28, 2017
It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support. https://t.co/XpVsiQrmj6— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) September 28, 2017
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
Fuck. Fuck. I don't think I realized how much I love this woman, who I don't know. Love her more for speaking up for others in this moment. https://t.co/YEUNEV5AEo— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 28, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with you, Julia. God bless you. Stay strong. https://t.co/OmDpPvnHiR— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) September 28, 2017
Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want— christina applegate (@1capplegate) September 28, 2017
1/ Sad to think we're in a place where u may have to actually worry about accidentally reading horrifying responses if u post, but https://t.co/QJbC3hw8VW— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 28, 2017
2/ major respect, compassionate & love to Julia & all the people who will be helped be her honesty. https://t.co/QJbC3hw8VW— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 28, 2017
J sending all my healing energy your way. You are incredible to use this moment as an opportunity to support others. Thank you. Much love xd https://t.co/okgfVDUeAW— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 28, 2017
so sorry and so in awe https://t.co/eHIrXiKm3h— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 28, 2017
We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia. pic.twitter.com/JP0c2wtrJ6— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 28, 2017
@OfficialJLD so sorry you have to go thru this, pal, but I know you will prevail. We are here if/when you need and we love you.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) September 29, 2017
Veep will come to an end in 2018 with its seventh season. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series," the actress previously told THR. "I struggled with it. And then it just hit me. It's hard to say goodbye to such a good thing."