Julia Louis-Dreyfus at 2017 Emmys

Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Just days after her historic Emmys win, the Veep star discovered she had stage II breast cancer. She announced the sad news in September 2017, along with a plea for universal health care. "One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," the 56-year-old actress wrote on Twitter. "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 healthcare a reality." She would go through six rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

Two years after her diagnosis, she spoke with Vanity Fair about her cancer battle, explaining, "There is that moment that you have when you’re like, 'Is this it for me?' Because you know everybody here in this room is going to come across that moment in their life, but you never think you will." As for her outlook on life after cancer, she admitted that she's "still working it out." "I'm glad I got through it, but there's a part of me that’s still a little frightened, you know?" she told the mag.

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