Cue the tissues
This year’s 68th Emmy Awards sure proved to be an emotional platform for the HBO Comedy Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Not only did she win her fifth consecutive Emmy for her portrayal of Selina Meyer on Veep, but her acceptance speech was nothing short of funny and extremely touching – with her paying tribute to her late father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who recently passed away on the 16th September, 2016 .
For those who might mistake her father for the comedian, William Louis-Dreyfus(born Gerard C. Louis-Dreyfus) was an American business and chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services who was born in Paris but moved to America after his parents’ divorce. His grandfather was the founder of the Louis Dreyfus Group, Leopold Louis-Dreyfus. He took on the name ‘William’ as a symbol of his integration into American society.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus started her speech with sending her heartfelt gratitude to her fellow executive producers who helped make the show – as well as admitting the fact that she had tricked some of them into producing it, and thanking the television crew whose long hours of hard-work to make the show happen “is unforgivable.” With a perfect deadpan, she even took the opportunity to “personally apologise for the current political climate [of America],” earning a round of laughs from the audience. She added, “I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. 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.”
Ready the waterworks, for she ended it beautifully with an emotional tribute to her late father, expressing her happiness that he had liked Veep, “because his opinion was the one that really mattered”.
Watch her speech below:
— Tammy Haddad (@haddadmedia) September 19, 2016