"She made this incredible cozy chili in a cast iron skillet with cornbread on top," Louis-Dreyfus recalled.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is speaking up about a miscarriage she had at age 28. The 62-year-old actress discussed her road to parenting, which began after she wed her husband, Brad Hall, in 1987, on the most recent edition of the Wiser Than Me podcast, according to PEOPLE. In addition to being "emotionally devasting," Louis-Dreyfus said that the scene turned into a "complete nightmare" as she had an illness that required hospitalization and prevented her from returning home until "a couple of days later." The 11-time Emmy winner claimed that when her mother came to live with her and her husband, the healing process became simpler.
"When I was about 28, I got pregnant for the first time, and I was crazy happy. I got pregnant easily. I felt very fertile, very womanly. And then, quite late in the pregnancy, my husband Brad and I discovered that this little fetus was not going to live," the Veep actor mentioned in a word with Ruth Reichl, a visitor in the podcast. "I finally got out of the hospital, and I came home to recuperate, but I wasn't allowed to get out of bed yet. I was, as they say, bedridden," she revealed.
Louis-Dreyfus explains that because she was forbidden from eating solid food, she was unable to consume the dinner, yet she still calls the event one of her "greatest memories." During her mother’s visit, the actor shared how she was comforted by her, "She made this incredible cozy chili in a cast iron skillet with cornbread on top in the pan. She and my husband Brad set up a little card table at the foot of the bed. And the smell of that cornbread and the chili was so wonderful," recalled the American sitcom producer.
"It didn't matter. It was the best meal ever, and I didn't even eat it. The making of it was so comforting and so embracing,” she added. Later, in 1992 and 1997, respectively, Louis-Dreyfus and Hall brought sons Henry Hall, 30, and Charlie Hall, 25, into the world. She subsequently acknowledged that her relationships with her family and friends helped her get through her breast cancer diagnosis in September 2017. A year and a half after declaring her cancer-free, in April 2020, the actor-producer began living a healthy life. In a previous conversation with the outlet she shared that, "You hear it all the time, but the people that I relied on the most, besides the very capable doctors and nurses who took care of me, were my family and my close friends."
After a double mastectomy and six arduous rounds of chemotherapy, she announced that she was cancer-free just over a year later. Louis-Dreyfus claims that during her treatments, she was surrounded by her friends and family, many of whom went above and beyond to show her that they cared she told the outlet.
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