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Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins Emmy as best actress in comedy series

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO sitcom "Veep" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the addled second-in-command on HBO's political comedy Veep, is the winner of the Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series.

She has won the Emmy twice before – in 2013 and 2012 – for her role as Vice-President Selina Meyer. She won in the same category in 2006 as star of The New Adventures of Old Christine, and in 1996 as best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.

Her rivals this year were Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Taylor Schilling, Amy Poehler and Edie Falco.

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