Emmy award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has come forward with a heartbreaking diagnosis: She has breast cancer.
The Seinfeld star made the startling revelation on social media Thursday.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the mother-of-two announced.
She went on: “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.”
The 56-year-old received the diagnosis just one day after winning her record-breaking sixth Emmy award for her role as lead actress in HBO’s Veep.
It was recently announced that the next season of Veep would be its last, but HBO told InsideEdition.com that decision is unrelated to Louis-Dreyfus' health. They also said writers will continue as usual, and the production schedule will be adjusted as needed.
"Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time," the network said in a statement. "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."
Her debut came at 21 years old when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but her big break came in 1989 when she starred as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld.
After the show ended in 1998, she starred in The New Adventures of Old Christine and guest-starred on Shows like 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm before landing the role of foul-mouthed politician Selina Meyer on Veep.