Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer, she announced through social media on Thursday
Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer, she announced through social media Thursday.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the actress wrote. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
Continued Louis-Dreyfus, 56, “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Alongside the note, Louis-Dreyfus wrote, “Just when you thought…”
Louis-Dreyfus didn’t provide any further details about her diagnosis. Her rep told PEOPLE in a statement, “Julia is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes.”
Earlier this month the Veep star won her sixth consecutive Emmy, setting the record for most wins for a performance in the same role for the same series. HBO told PEOPLE in a statement that Louis-Dreyfus learned she had breast cancer just one day after the awards, and noted that the production schedule on Veep will be adjusted as needed.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in the 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.”
Stars were quick to show their support of Louis-Dreyfus on social media, with her Veep co-star Tony Hale tweeting, “we love this woman.”