Julia Louis-Dreyfus has another Emmy Award. The “Veep” star picked up the outstanding lead actress in a comedy statue for the fifth year in a row Sunday. However, it was still an emotional night for the actress. She revealed onstage that her father died two days prior to the Los Angeles award show.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday,” the actress told the audience. “I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep’ because his opinion was the only one that really mattered.”
William was a businessman whose firm was worth billions, leading to rumors that the actress was also worth billions. She insisted to Rolling Stone that her net worth isn’t nearly that much. Still, her family was certainly wealthy. Julia’s 2014 documentary, “Generosity Of Eye,” followed her father as he decided to donate pieces from his extensive private art collection to charity.
Though the eight-time Emmy Award winner was emotional at the 2016 ceremony, she still managed to crack a few jokes during her acceptance speech inside the Microsoft Theater. She said that real-life politics have been influenced by her HBO comedy, which follows the political career of Julia’s character, Selina Meyer.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” she quipped. “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started as political satire, and now it feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”
The actress beat Amy Schumer, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurie Metcalf and Lily Tomlin for the award.