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OTRC: Emmys 2012: Julia Louis-Dreyfus of 'Veep' wins Best Comedy Actress award

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who famously played Elaine on "Seinfeld," has won her third individual Emmy Award, given for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role on the new HBO series, "Veep."

This marks the third Emmy win and 13th nod for the actress. She beat nominees Lena Dunham of the new HBO show "Girls", Zooey Deschanel of FOX's "New Girl," Edie Falco of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," Amy Poehler of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Tina Fey of NBC's "30 Rock" and last year's winner, Melissa McCarthy of the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly."

"Veep," debuted in April to strong ratings and stars Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president of the United States but finds the job is entirely different than what she believed it to be.

The series also features Anna Chlumsky of the movies "My Girl" and "Lights Out," as well as "Arrested Development" star Tony Hale. Veep" has been renewed for a second season.

"Veep" received three Emmy nominations this year. Louis-Dreyfus has in the past won one Emmy for her role on "Seinfeld" and has been nominated six other times. The actress also earned one Emmy for the series "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and has been nominated four other times for her title role.

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."

Check out a full list of 2012 Emmy nominees and winners.

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