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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – 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.