Woman with local ties wins comedy Emmy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, wearing Monique Lhuiller, arrives at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP/KOIN) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won her second straight Emmy as best comedy actress for her role as vice president of the United States in the HBO series “Veep.”

Her victory Sunday honored her for a portrayal of the cynical Selina Meyer in the send-up of modern-day Washington.

“I’m very grateful,” Louis-Dreyfus said in her acceptance speech, “to have the opportunity to make people laugh.”

Louis-Dreyfus has now won more Emmys for “Veep” than she did in two roles that reached a wider audience. She won best actress in a comedy in 2006 for the CBS series “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She won a supporting actress award in 1996 for playing Elaine Benes in “Seinfeld.”

Louis-Dreyfus also has family ties to KOIN and its downtown Portland headquarters building, KOIN Center.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the great-great-granddaughter of businessman Leopold Louis-Dreyfus — founder of the international Louis Dreyfus Group, according to Biography.com. The Louis Dreyfus Property Group once owned the KOIN Center and has other Portland property. The KOIN Center was sold out of the Louis Dreyfus Property Group portfolio in 2007, according to The Oregonian.

“We’ve enjoyed the ownership since 1993, we just felt it was an appropriate time,” Jeffrey Sussman, president of Louis Dreyfus Property Group, told The Oregonian at the time. “We loved Portland, a terrific place to do business.”

As one KOIN fan wrote when he heard the news, “In the words of Elaine from Seinfeld, ‘Get Out!!!’”

– The Associated Press originated this report, with additional localized reporting from KOIN 6 News staff.

Web note: The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards airs on KOIN Channel 6 Sunday, Sept. 22. KOIN 6 News will be back after the encore showing of the Emmy Awards Sunday night.

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