Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, received the 21st annual Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy at Washington's Kennedy Center on Sunday night.
Testimonials came from Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert and 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey.
Said Colbert, "I sincerely believe that she is the funniest person on television. And I say that as someone who is on television right now."
On the Red Carpet, Louis-Dreyfus said she knew from an early age that she had a gift for comedy. "The first time I really knew was when I stuffed raisins in my nose and my mother laughed. I ended up in the emergency room because they wouldn't come out."
Louis-Dreyfus, 57, emerged from Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live." Her best-known role is her nine-year run as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld." More recently, her work as Vice President Selina Meyer on "Veep" earned her six consecutive Emmy Awards.
Production on the upcoming seventh season of "Veep" was delayed as Louis-Dreyfus received treatment for breast cancer.
PBS will air the Twain event on Nov. 19.
Pregnant Meghan cuts back on schedule
Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry. The tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four countries. Meghan, who is due to give birth in the spring, skipped an event in Sydney on Sunday morning, leaving Harry to attend a cycling competition at the Invictus Games alone. She later joined the prince to watch sailing events, and at a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Kensington Palace said the royal couple had moved to reduce Meghan's schedule before their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the second phase of their tour.
diagnosis: Film and TV actress Selma Blair announced she is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In a post Saturday on her Instagram account, Blair, 46, said she was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system on Aug. 16. Blair said she is struggling with the disease's effects on her: "I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS." She added, however, that thanks to the support of the cast and crew of a Netflix show she is filming, as well as her friends and family, "we are doing it. And I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best."