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Julia Louis-Dreyfus toasted at Santa Barbara banquet as she battles cancer

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Actress and Montecito resident Julia Louis-Dreyfus was given a strong message of support at the Heal the Ocean fundraiser Saturday night in Santa Barbara.

Dreyfus just completed her second round of chemotherapy after revealing on October 19, she has breast cancer.

Heal the Ocean is a Santa Barbara-based ocean water quality nonprofit that Dreyfus has supported for years. She often attends the annual dinner with husband Brad Hall.

During the event at the El Paseo restaurant, Dreyfus was honored with a toast led by Executive Director Hillary Hauser, who said, "she sends her love to us."

Then she encouraged the sold-out crowd to raise their glasses in a "toast to her health."  It was recorded on a cell phone. The audience also chanted loudly, "Julia, Julia!"

After panning the room with the phone camera, the video was sent by the Heal the Ocean staff via text to Dreyfus.

Just last month, Dreyfus was on a career high with her sixth Emmy for the role as the lead actress in The Veep television show.

Heal the Ocean also celebrated a recent victory with a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fund the clean up of old abandoned oil wells in the surf nearby at Summerland Beach. Some date back more than 100 years  They have been leaking into the ocean and onto the beach causing a community outrage over the issue for years.


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