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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Mark Twain Prize

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a fictional politician on “Veep,” is about to get a very real honor: the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.

Calling Louis-Dreyfus a “role model for so many,” Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a Wednesday statement announcing the 2018 recipient, “Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor.”

Louis-Dreyfus, 57, announced on Twitter last September that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After completing chemotherapy treatment, the actress is reportedly poised to resume filming on the final season of “Veep” later this summer.{mosads}

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be awarded on Oct. 21.

“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” the HBO and former “Seinfeld” star said in a statement about the honor.

The performer has been critical of President Trump in the past, saying during a 2015 Emmy Award acceptance speech of the then-GOP presidential candidate, “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate.”

“I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics,” Louis-Dreyfus 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.”

Recent winners of the Mark Twain Prize include Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray and David Letterman.

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