Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Husband of 34 Years Brad Hall Supported Her during Her Cancer Battle
Julia Louis-Dreyfus found massive success in Hollywood as an actress, comedian, and producer. Fortunately, she met a man with similar interests, Brad Hall, who stood by her through her most difficult moments, especially her battle with breast cancer.
Many say that behind a successful man stands a strong woman, but the same could be said for some women, including Hollywood actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose husband stood by her through thick and thin. Although born into a wealthy family, Louis-Dreyfus is a star in her own right.
After taking drama at Northwestern University, she pursued a career on stage and performed with the Second City comedy troupe. She later became a regular cast member on "Saturday Night Live" until making her film debut in 1986.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall arrive at the Oscars. | Source: Getty Images
LOUIS-DREYFUS AS AN ACTRESS
However, it was her role in the hit series "Seinfeld" that made Louis-Dreyfus a household name. Then 30 years old, Louis-Dreyfus brought Elaine Benes to life for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998. Her performance won her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award and propelled her stardom.
Louis-Dreyfus continued to appear in productions such as "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Deconstructing Harry," "Father's Day," "North," and "Jack the Bear." In 2012, she took on the role of Vice President Selina Meyer on the television series "Veep," which brought her more recognition.
The star won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for six consecutive seasons and was nominated again for the seventh. Her achievements on "Veep" made her one of the actresses with the most acting Emmys in history. It was also through acting that she met her husband, Brad Hall.
Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus attend the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on October 30, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images
MEETING BRAD HALL
While studying acting, Louis-Dreyfus met Hall at Northwestern University. The pair had their first encounter after joining the Practical Theatre Company, co-founded by Hall.
Hall joined the entertainment industry as a young adult and became a successful comedian, actor, writer, and director, known for "The Single Guy" and "Watching Ellie." He also appeared in "Troll" and "Limit Up."
Writer Tim Kazurinsky discovered the pair and recruited them for "Saturday Night Live" in 1982. During their time together on the show, the actress realized that Hall was the man for her. However, she kept this assertion to herself.
THROUGH SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
Although the actress quit the show years later due to the toxic, male-centric atmosphere, their connection deepened. Eventually, Louis-Dreyfus and Hall tied the knot on June 25, 1987, and built a family together. They welcomed their first child, Henry, five years later, followed by another son, Charles, in 1997.
Last year, Louis-Dreyfus and Hal celebrated 34 years of marital bliss by sharing photos on social media to commemorate their milestone.
As time passed, circumstances tested Louis-Dreyfus and Hall's wedding vows. True to his word, Hall stood by his wife through sickness and health. In September 2017, Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, which she disclosed to the public.
At that time, she was shooting the hit comedy-drama "Veep" and had to stall the production while battling the condition. Louis-Dreyfus underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and had a double mastectomy, which eventually helped overcome the disease. In 2018, she announced that she was cancer-free.
While struggling with breast cancer, the star had the full support of her husband and two children. Hall stood by her, encouraging her every step of the way until her full recovery.
Several celebrities previously battled breast cancer, including Jane Fonda, Wanda Sykes, Shannen Doherty, and Robin Roberts.
LIFE AFTER CANCER
Following her battle and the end of "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus has been blessed with opportunities beyond her usual comedic roles. In a previous interview, the actress shared that she tried new things and accepted new roles. She said:
"I want to expand my creative universe here. I want to do stuff that maybe people wouldn't think I would do."
Louis-Dreyfus has undoubtedly achieved much in her career, and just like when she battled cancer, she also credits her husband for redefining her definition of success in terms of career goals after "SNL." She shared:
"My ambition became clearer to me during that time. It helped me get my priorities in place in terms of what I was going to do moving forward and what I would not tolerate [...]."
CELEBRATING 34 YEARS
Last year, Louis-Dreyfus and Hal celebrated 34 years of marital bliss by sharing photos on social media to commemorate their milestone. In an Instagram post, the actress shared a picture of herself and her husband at the beach. She captioned the snap:
"34 years in, keeping our head above water. Love and love to the love of my life."
Admittedly, Louis-Dreyfus believes that she and her husband came out stronger after her cancer diagnosis. "You're bound to have an intimacy that, perhaps, wasn't quite there like it was before," she said. "I mean, we were very close before, but I know how precious life is."
HALL AND LOUIS-DREYFUS' CHILDREN
Apart from her success in Hollywood, Louis-Dreyfus' takes pride in raising two well-rounded adults who share similar interests in the arts. Her eldest son, Henry, pursued a music career as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He has since played alongside great bands at Wesleyan and Grand Cousin.
Previously, Henry has been focusing on his solo career and released hit tracks such as "Proverbial Ice." On the other hand, his brother, Charles, attended the same alma mater as their mother at Northwestern. During his time in school, he showed his athletic side by playing for the basketball team.
Although they did not follow in their parent's footsteps, both boys inherited the couple's great sense of humor, making every conversation together light and exciting.
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