Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a wildly talented actress who has won seven Emmy awards and seems like a genuinely great person. She is the only performer who starred on “Seinfeld” and is now more famous for acting in something that isn’t “Seinfeld.” And she has been so generous with her fans with news about her September 2017 breast cancer diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy and ultimately surgery in February, that we certainly don’t want to intrude.
But we have to observe that Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is living her best life.
JLD has focused on two major activities: relaxing with family, and opposing the actions of the Trump administration. That’s pretty much all she does. Her social media is just protest signs mixed with shots of the Pacific Ocean. She found time to vote in the primary election and to plant an herb garden. She pulled out the perfect Roseanne-shading selfie of her with Valerie Jarrett, and then went on a walk through a tranquil path of irises. Her retweet game is hearty — her Twitter feed is a constant stream of anti-hate rhetoric, mixed in with random tweets of support to her kids.
But no time period since her diagnosis has been a purer example of our Julia’s commitment to good living than the last week and a half.
On June 30, JLD posted images of her at a Families Belong Together rally in Santa Barbara. Not in a special celebs-only booth, not watching from an air conditioned limo — just her, in the crowd, disguised by a sunhat.
Apparently while she was still in Hawaii, Julia L-D found time to participate with 30 other celebrities in a reading of the statement of a Honduran mother whose son was taken from her by the US government as she sought asylum. While she was still in Hawaii!
Julia, you precious, precious woman. We bow to your ability to find balance and healing in your life. May we all be blessed with a steady stream of sunny beaches and cleverly-worded protest signs. Aloha for now.
Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny
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