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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Twain Prize From Kennedy Center

"Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor"

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be this year's recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

    The Kennedy Center announced Wednesday that the "Veep" and "Seinfeld" legend will receive the honor on Oct. 21.

    "Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor," Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a statement. "Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches. Julia is a role model for so many, and we look forward to honoring her."

    Previous recipients include Eddie Murphy, David Letterman, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. Bill Cosby received the Twain Prize in 2009 but the Kennedy Center rescinded it earlier this year.

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