Friday 9 December 2016

Julia Louis-Dreyfus breaks down in tears at Emmys as she remembers her father who died two days ago

Sasha Brady

Published 19/09/2016 | 09:39

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made the audience laugh and cry with her emotionally-charged Emmy acceptance speech.

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The Veep actress won her fifth consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, beating fellow nominees Amy Schumer, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurie Metcalf, Lily Tomlin and Ellie Kemper.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep'. / AFP / Valerie MACON
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep'. / AFP / Valerie MACON
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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO's "Veep". REUTERS/Mike Blake
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO series "Veep" arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

While accepting her award for the political comedy, the actress read from a series of notes that included the usual "thank-yous", as well as some light-hearted quips.

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"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."

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO series
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO series "Veep" arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Her light-hearted speech became more emotional, however, when she began to remember her dad. She was visibly shaken as she dedicated her win to him, saying: "Lastly, I'd like to dedicate this to my father William Louis-Dreyfus who passed away on Friday."

With her voice quavering and her hands shaking, she added: "I'm so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered. Thank you."

Her dad died on Friday, aged 84. The French-born billionaire businessman was also a poet and served as chairman of the Poetry Society of America for 10 years. Dreyfus also had a keen interest in art and accumulated a collection of work estimated to be worth US$50 million (€44m). He donated much of his collection to children's charities.

And as Julia said in her acceptance speech, he always supported her.

"She was always very interested in acting," he said in 2014. "If the children are happy and successful, it's a great thing for parents. She's a wonderful actress and an even better daughter and mother."

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