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    Jill Clayburgh dies at 66; Oscar-nominated actress
    Her Broadway and Hollywood career was highlighted by her roles in the
    1970s films 'An Unmarried Woman' and 'Starting Over.' She also was
    nominated for two Emmys.
    Jill Clayburgh, whose Broadway and Hollywood acting career was
    highlighted by her Oscar-nominated roles in the 1970s films "An
    Unmarried Woman" and "Starting Over," died Friday. She was 66.

    Her husband, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe, said she died
    after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She was
    surrounded by her family when she died at her home in Lakeville, Conn.,
    he said.

    She dealt with the disease courageously, quietly and privately, Rabe
    said, and conducted herself with enormous grace "and made it into an
    opportunity for her children to grow and be human."

    In "An Unmarried Woman" (1978), directed by Paul Mazursky, Clayburgh
    starred opposite Alan Bates and Michael Murphy as a divorcee exploring
    her sexuality. She was nominated for an Academy Award as best actress
    but lost to Jane Fonda in "Coming Home." Her second Oscar nomination
    came for "Starting Over" (1979), Alan J. Pakula's comedy about a
    divorced man, played by Burt Reynolds, who falls in love but can't get
    over his ex-wife, played by Candice Bergen. ( Sally Field won for "Norma

    Her other movie credits include "Semi-Tough," "I'm Dancing As Fast As I
    Can," "Silver Streak," "First Monday in October" and "Running With
    Scissors." On Broadway, she appeared in Noel Coward's "Design for
    Living," the original production of Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," and the
    Tony Award-winning musicals "Pippin" and "The Rothschilds."

    She appeared on TV shows including "Dirty Sexy Money" and was nominated
    for two Emmys: for best actress in 1975 for her work on "Hustling" and
    for her guest turn on "Nip/Tuck" on FX in 2005.

    Born April 30, 1944, in New York, Clayburgh came from a privileged
    family. Her father was vice president of two large companies and her
    mother was a secretary for Broadway producer David Merrick. Her
    grandmother, Alma Clayburgh, was an opera singer and New York socialite.

    She was entranced seeing Jean Arthur play "Peter Pan" on Broadway, and
    she and a school friend concocted their own dramatics every day at home.
    At Sarah Lawrence College, she studied religion, philosophy and

    Clayburgh also took drama classes at Sarah Lawrence. She and her friend
    Robert De Niro acted in a film, "The Wedding Party," directed by a Sarah
    Lawrence graduate, Brian DePalma. After graduating with a bachelor of
    arts degree, she began performing in repertory and in Broadway musicals
    such as "The Rothschilds" and "Pippin."

    Alongside Richard Thomas, she headed the 2005 Broadway cast of "A Naked
    Girl on the Appian Way," Richard Greenberg's comedy about one family's
    unusual domestic tribulations.

    Director Doug Hughes, who directed her in a production of Arthur
    Miller's "All My Sons" at the Westport Country Playhouse two years ago,
    called her for "A Naked Girl."

    "That she has the time to do a run of a play is just an extraordinary
    boon because I've had the pleasure of seeing her play a bona fide tragic
    American role beautifully, and I have had the pleasure of directing her
    in a very, very smart light comedy and be utterly brilliant in that," he
    said in 2005.

    During an interview that year, Clayburgh explained the unglamorous side
    of acting.

    "One of the funny things about actors is that people look at their
    careers in retrospect, as if they have a plan," she said.

    "Mostly, you just get a call. You're just sitting there going, 'Oh, my
    God. I'm never going to work again. Oh, God. I'm too old. Maybe I should
    go and work for Howard Dean.' And then it changes."

    Besides her husband, survivors include her daughter, actress Lily Rabe;
    a son, Michael Rabe; and a stepson, Jason Rabe.

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    Jill Clayburgh

    Born: 30-Apr-1944
    Birthplace: New York City
    Died: 5-Nov-2010
    Location of death: Lakeville, CT
    Cause of death: Cancer - Leukemia

    Gender: Female
    Race or Ethnicity: White
    Sexual orientation: Straight
    Occupation: Actor
    Nationality: United States
    Executive summary: Starting Over
    Boyfriend: Al Pacino (cohabited 1970-5)
    Husband: David Rabe (playwright, m. 1979, until her death, one son, one daughter)
    Daughter: Lily
    Son: Michael

    High School: Berkeley Finishing School
    University: Sarah Lawrence College (1966)

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    The Practice Victoria Stewart (2004)
    Leap of Faith Cricket Wardwell (2002)
    Ally McBeal Jeannie McBeal (1999-2001)
    Running with Scissors (20-Oct-2006)
    Phenomenon II (1-Nov-2003)
    Never Again (11-Mar-2001)
    Crowned and Dangerous (21-Sep-1997)
    When Innocence Is Lost (7-Apr-1997)
    Fools Rush In (14-Feb-1997)
    Going All the Way (Jan-1997)
    The Face on the Milk Carton (24-May-1995)
    For the Love of Nancy (2-Oct-1994)
    Rich in Love (5-Mar-1993)
    Naked in New York (1993)
    Day of Atonement (9-Dec-1992)
    Whispers in the Dark (7-Aug-1992)
    Trial: The Price of Passion (3-May-1992)
    Shy People (17-Jun-1988)
    Hanna K. (7-Sep-1983)
    I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (5-Mar-1982)
    First Monday in October (21-Aug-1981)
    It's My Turn (24-Oct-1980)
    Starting Over (5-Oct-1979)
    La Luna (29-Aug-1979)
    An Unmarried Woman (26-May-1978)
    Semi-Tough (18-Nov-1977)
    Silver Streak (3-Dec-1976)
    Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story (27-Feb-1976)
    Gable and Lombard (11-Feb-1976)
    The Terminal Man (14-Feb-1975)
    The Thief Who Came to Dinner (Mar-1973)
    Portnoy's Complaint (19-Jun-1972)
    The Wedding Party (9-Apr-1969)

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    The NYT overlooks Jill Clayburgh's notable performance as US opera singer 'Caterina Silveri' in LA LUNA (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci).
    During a tour of Italy, she has an incestuous relationship with her son, Joe (Matthew Barry), in a desperate attempt to get him off heroin.

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    RIP Jill. Loved you in An Unmarried Woman

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    Crikey! I was so shocked by this I had to double check. Very sad news - I too loved her in An Unmarried Woman. RIP Jill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanndevil View Post
    Crikey! I was so shocked by this I had to double check. Very sad news - I too loved her in An Unmarried Woman. RIP Jill.
    Same here. Very sad, I didn't know she'd been so ill!

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    What a very sad thing. I always enjoyed her work enormously.

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    Very sad news, a great actress in a lot of fine films. R.I.P.

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    Jill Clayburgh.


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    For those of you who are still awake, Jill can be seen right now in Silver Streak, which has just started on Channel 4.

    I hope to pay proper tribute to the sadly-late actress soon. By which time this thread will be moved to 'Off Topic Discussion', no doubt ...

    (Rather belatedly) R.I.P., Jill
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