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Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy for 'Veep'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third Emmy in a row for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on HBO's Veep. Louis-Dreyfus plays the foul-mouthed vice president Selina Meyer, whose presidential aspirations made for some of her best comedic work ever in the show's third season.

Louis-Dreyfus has won five Emmys, spread across three shows. She won the Supporting Actress in a Comedy award for her work as Elaine on Seinfeld, then won her first Lead Actress in a Comedy prize for the series The New Adventures of Old Christine. She's dominated the field for Veep, having won three times for three seasons.

Louis-Dreyfus thanked HBO in her speech, saying she'd worked for a lot of places in Hollywood, but the premium cable network was the best of them. Her biggest moment, however, might have been the payoff to an earlier gag with Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston.

While the two presented an earlier award, Louis-Dreyfus told Cranston that he reminded her of an actor who had been on Seinfeld, who played the dentist Tim Whatley, who converted to Judaism for the jokes. Cranston, of course, played that part, and jokingly groused later that he and Louis-Dreyfus had kissed in that episode. As Louis-Dreyfus later approached the stage to accept her prize, Cranston pulled her aside, and, well...

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