Julia Louis-Dreyfus Feeling 'Fantastic'

After breast cancer treatment, she signs on to first awareness campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2018 8:50 AM CDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Feeling 'Fantastic'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room with her awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and outstanding comedy series for "Veep" at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back at work on Veep and says it feels "fantastic." The star of the HBO comedy series revealed last September that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, the news coming soon after her sixth consecutive Emmy win for the role of Selina Meyer. As work began recently on the show's seventh and final season, Louis-Dreyfus told the AP: "I feel good. I feel strong. I've got energy and, yeah, back to my old tricks. It feels like I never left." The Seinfeld alum also has signed on to her first cancer awareness initiative, helping Carolina Herrera designer Wes Gordon design a flower-adorned T-shirt as part of Saks Fifth Avenue's 20th year raising money through its Key to the Cure program.

The limited-edition shirt will sell for $35 at Saks stores Oct. 1-31, with 100% of proceeds passed to the AiRS Foundation, a nonprofit Louis-Dreyfus supports for its work in helping women with the costs of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. As a survivor, she said she's often asked to help out, but this is the first time she said yes. "It's hard to say no, but I've just had to be very careful about managing my time and conserving my energy," she said. "You can't spread yourself too thin." As this year's ambassador for the program, Louis-Dreyfus said she wanted a bold statement for the annual T-shirt. It features three poppies and the slogan: "We are fighters & we are fighting for a cure."

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