Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cries Over Father’s Death In Emotional Emmys Speech

The actress lost her beloved dad just two days before the awards show. 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus became emotional during her acceptance speech at Sunday night's 68th annual Emmys, dedicating the award to her father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who died just two days before at 84-years-old. 

Winning for Outstanding Lead Actress for playing President Selina Meyer on Veep, she cried, revealing her beloved dad passed away on Friday. 

 “I’m so glad he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered,” she said.

On Sunday, funeral arrangements were being made in Westchester County, New York, near where William lived in Bedford. He was a billionaire businessman and art collector, with a collection estimated to be worth between $10 million and $50 million.

After living in Paris and Manhattan he moved upstate in 2000. Julia, who has won an Emmy for the past five consecutive years, also thanked the cast and crew of the show. She also took a dig at Donald Trump and the circus surrounding the presidential race.

Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics,” she said. “Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall ... and make Mexico pay for it.”

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