Julia Louis-Dreyfus is celebrating one happy night at the 2016 Emmy Awards after winning her fifth consecutive trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but there’s one person she’d love to share the award with: her father. The 55-year-old revealed during her acceptance speech that her father, William Louis-Dreyfus, died on Friday at the age of 84.
The strong-willed star was shaking as she gave her emotional acceptance speech, dedicating the award to her late dad. “I’m so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered,” she said, causing eyes to water around the country.
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Louis-Dreyfus has certainly done her dad proud. The actress, who plays the hilarious Selina Meyer in the hit HBO show, has the largest number of wins in the category in Emmys history. Louis-Dreyfus beat out Ellie Kemper, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurie Metcalf in the talented field.
We’re sending our best wishes to this hard-working star and her family.