Drawing theÂ spotlight away from her own accomplishments,Â “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus got political in real life during her acceptance speech for the Mark Twain PrizeÂ for American Humor as she bashedÂ the recent confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
As it turns out, Louis-Dreyfus is an alumnusÂ of the same high school that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the 1980s, attended.Â The actress was one of 600 women from Holton-Arms in MarylandÂ who signed a letterÂ in aÂ gesture of solidarityÂ with Ford. Ford and Louis-Dreyfus attended the all-girls high school at the same time, according to HuffPost.
âI attended Holton-ArmsÂ â a girlâs school in the Washington area,â the outlet quotes Louis-DreyfusÂ as saying Sunday night. âIt has been in the news lately. Back in Fourth Grade, as a matter of fact, I was in a very serious Holton-Arms production of âSerendipity.â You know itâs funny with us Holton girls: I remember every detail of that play. I could swear to it under penalty of perjury. And, yet, I donât remember who drove me to the show or who drove me home. Or if Squee or Tobin were there. Or if Brett put it on his weird wall calendar.â
âThis, by the way, is totally true and not some kind of subtle attack on our newest Supreme Court justice,â Louis-Dreyfus added. âFor Godâs sake,Â the man has suffered enough.â
We, of the Holton Arms Class of 1984, are writing on behalf of our friend and classmate, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, to attest to her honesty, integrity, and intelligence; and to contend that her decision to provide information pertaining to a sexual assault is not a partisan act. It is an act of civic duty and the experience she described in her letter needs to be seriously considered. We represent all political parties and we support Christine bringing this matter forward.
We stand with our friend Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and admire her honesty and resolve on behalf of our nation.
Louis-Dreyfus was not the only comedian to get political Sunday night. Tina Fey, whoÂ introduced the Mark Twain recipient, also did not shy away from the opportunityÂ to talk about theÂ Trump administration.
âEveryone talks about all the parallels betweenÂ ‘Veep’ and the current administration, but I think itâs more like ‘Seinfeld’ âÂ just a bunch of selfish dicks who donât give a crap about anyone but themselves,â said Fey.
In reference to Holton-Arms, Fey added, âAnyone who knows Julia knows she cherished her high school days boofing out on the quad, playing devilâs triangle with her girlfriendsÂ â a classic American childhood!â
Louis-Dreyfus, best known for roles the shows âSeinfeld,â âThe New Adventures of Old Christineâ and âVeep,” is the 21st recipient of the Mark Twain award. According to the Kennedy Center, theÂ prize is given to those who âhad an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain.âÂ She joins the estimable list of recipients that includes Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Whoopi Goldberg and Tina Fey.
The actress had taken a leave of absence from “Veep” last year, due to her much-publicized diagnosis with breast cancer, but recently announced that she is cancer free,Â adding thatÂ humor got her through a trying time.
“Cancer is not at all funny but a big part of dealing with it has been finding the funny moments,” this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain prize for American humor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, says laughter got her through a battle with breast cancer. pic.twitter.com/I2H350xWl3
â CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 22, 2018
âCancer isnât at all funny, but a big part of dealing with it has been finding the funny moments. The old clichĂ© about laughter being the best medicine turns out to be true,”Â Louis-Dreyfus said, according to CBS News. “Which is good, because thatâs what the current administration is trying to replace Obamacare with.â