2016 was a remarkable year for Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a number of reasons. First of all, she won her fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep. With it, she made history by breaking the record she had previously shared with Mary Tyler Moore and Candace Bergen for most wins in the category. On stage, she took the opportunity to break the news about her beloved father’s passing only two days prior.
That unleashed a bizarre series of events. As soon as she announced her father’s death, confused fans (who clearly never noticed how either actors’ names are actually spelled) started tweeting, sending out messages of sympathy for the (apparently deceased) Richard Dreyfuss.