Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Teary Emmys Speech Days After Father's Death

Veep star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, scored a record-breaking fifth consecutive Emmy Award, but the milestone came at a tragic time for the actress.

Julia accepted her award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the 68th Emmy Awards, only days after her father passed away.

The actress made a teary acceptance speech, dedicating her win to her father.

"I'd like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday," Julia said, choking back tears.

"I'm so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered."

 

Julia broke a record by taking home the award for the fifth year in a row. Prior to this year, she previously shared the record for most wins in the category with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore. 

While all five of Julia's most recent Emmy Awards were for her role as Vice President-turned-President Selina Meyer in Veep, she actually has seven awards to her name.

Julia took home yet another leading actress gong for her role in The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nod for her turn as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld.

During her acceptance speech, Julia also took the opportunity to comment on America's current political climate.

"While I'm apologising, I'd also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate," she said.

"I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but now feels more like a sobering documentary. So, I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."

Veep's political burns have stretched further than America, even hitting home here in Oz.

Earlier this year, Julia and the show's creators were shocked to learn Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used a satirical Veep slogan as a key campaign message.

 

While the comedic slogan "Continuity With Change" was used for laughs on the US sit-com, Buzzfeed busted the PM dropping the line in several media appearances.

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