Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gives Emotional Emmys Speech After Losing Father

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At first, no one was sure why Julia Louis-Dreyfus was shaking on stage.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acceptance Speech Emmys 2016 Pic

The veteran actress won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series for playing Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep.

What most didn't realize is that Louis-Dreyfus' father, William passed away on September 16th at the age of 84.

It was obvious that Louis-Dreyfus was not her usual confident self as she took the stage with her speech.

First, though, she had to address the elephant in the room.

Veep is a political satire, but Louis-Dreyfus wanted to take the opportunity to "apologize for the current political climate," one of the night's several digs at presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"I think Veep has torn down the wall of politics and comedy," she said.

The show, Louis-Dreyfus admitted, felt "like a sobering commentary, I would like to rebuild that wall and have Mexico pay for it."

As her hands began to shake a bit more, Louis-Dreyfus revealed the actual reason she looked so upset.

"Lastly, I'd like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis Dreyfus who passed away on Friday," she said tearfully.

"I'm so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered,"

After she wrapped her speech, an emotional Louis-Dreyfus was escorted off stage by presenter Keegan-Michael Key.

Keegan-Michael Key Julian Louis-Dreyfus Emmy Awards Stage 2016

William Louis-Dreyfus' wealth was estimated by Forbes at $3.4 billion in 2006, and before his death he donated expensive works of art to a Harlem charity.

The French-born businessman is survived by his wife, Phyllis and Julia, as well as her siblings, Emma, Raphael and Phoebe.

It's commendable that the comedy vet got up, got dressed and showed up after such a heartbreaking loss. We applaud her for keeping her composure for as long as she did.

This is Louis-Dreyfus' 8th Emmy win.  She won her first Emmy in 1996 for playing Elaine Benis on Seinfeld.

Louis-Dreyfus was up against some fantastic talent, and managed to beat out Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Laurie Metcalf (Getting On).

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