“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”
This was the beginning of the tweet that 2017 Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted three days ago to inform the world of her breast cancer diagnosis. Surely it’s a hard news hear or bear for anyone, but Louis-Dreyfus demonstrated amazing composure in her message by mentioning the silver lining that she has been blessed with - a supporting family and healthcare. She also urged her followers to make universal healthcare a reality.
Louis-Dreyfus received the news the day after she won her record-setting sixth consecutive Emmy for HBO’s hit comedy Veep. Her character on the show started off as the fictional US Vice President Selina Meyer. The actual former VP Joe Biden responded sweetly to the news by tweeting “We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia.” with a picture of him and Louis-Dreyfus together.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement to Us Weekly. “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.”
HBO also confirmed that Louis-Dreyfus’ diagnosis had no bearing in the decision to renew Veep for its seventh and final season, which premieres in 2018. The production schedule will be adjusted as needed, according to the network.
Louis-Dreyfus is not the only celebrity to go public with her battle against breast cancer. Shannon Doherty, Giuliana Rancic and Olivia Newton-John have all battled cancer. Celebrities from all over Hollywood have expressed love, good wishes and admiration for Louis-Dreyfus through social networking sites.