Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Seinfeld and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced today on Twitter that she has breast cancer, which means this is a much more somber story than most assignments I get with the word “breast” in them.

HBO, which airs Veep, gave a statement to Variety.

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.

It’s interesting that Dreyfus chose to talk about health insurance. SAG is known to have particularly good health coverage for actors, and I’ve heard character actors mention that they absolutely make sure to get at least one role every year so they can keep their insurance, even if they do something aside from acting as their primary career.

This is just days after Graham-Cassidy, the latest misguided attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, failed because the author of the bill, Lindsey Graham, had no idea what the hell he was talking about, and was just wandering the halls angrily yelling at anyone who would listen because his boyfriend John McCain didn’t support his “let poor people die” plan.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is using her fame as the former star of The New Adventures of Old Christine and Watching Ellie for good. Is it mean to bring those two terrible shows up while she’s fighting cancer? We’ve all seen Seinfeld and Veep, we know how good an actress she is, she won an Emmy for Old Christine, even. But it’s nice that Dreyfus is using her fame to campaign for people who didn’t have billionaire industrialist parents. And I say this last bit completely unironically, we love you Julia and we hope you beat this and continue to be awesome for years to come.

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Andrea Bianchi
Andrea Bianchi
5 years ago

You must have work in the acting field particularly film and TV to keep your SAG insurance so I’m not sure I understand that one comment about working outside the field to keep the insurance. Love this woman.