Julia Louis-Dreyfus Announces Dad Gérard Louis-Dreyfus' Death During Emmy Award Acceptance Speech
Gérard was 84.
The 68th Emmy Awards ceremony was a bittersweet event for Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who not only accepted the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series but announced her father Gérard Louis-Dreyfus' death for the first time.
"I’m so glad he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered," she shared after stating the 84-year-old had passed on Friday.
French-born American billionaire Gérard was deeply supportive of Louis-Dreyfus career, which has not gone unsung. Julia, who plays president, vice president, and everything in between in the hit HBO series, has now won five consecutive awards for her role.
"I’d like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate," the 55-year-old said just before sharing the sad news. "Our show started as a political satire, but it now feels like a sobering documentary."
She beat out fellow nominees and funny ladies Ellie Kemper, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurie Metcalf for the honor.
Our deepest condolences to Julia during this very difficult time.