Julia Louis-Dreyfus has joined a crowd no woman wants to be part of. She has breast cancer.
The 56-year-old "Seinfeld" veteran and "Veep" star made the announcement today on Twitter, prefacing her short note with the lament, "Just when you thought…"
Pointing out that one of every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer, Louis-Dreyfus said, "Today, I'm the one."
"The good news," she added, "is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."
The 11-time Emmy Award winner's announcement demonstrates remarkable timing—Breast Cancer Awareness month begins on Sunday.
Louis-Dreyfus has been married for 30 years to fellow "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Brad Hall. The couple has two sons.
Two weeks ago, she won her sixth consecutive Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in HBO's "Veep." Louis-Dreyfus previously won Emmys for her work in "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and three as a producer. Her 11 Emmys tie a record set by Cloris Leachman ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show").