Jill Clayburgh Passes Away at Age 66


Oscar-nominated Jill Clayburgh passed away on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut at the age of 66, reports The New York Times.

The cause was chronic leukemia, with which she had lived for 21 years, her husband, the playwright David Rabe, said.

Clayburgh received an Oscar nomination for starring in 1978’s An Unmarried Woman, directed by Paul Mazursky. She also received an Oscar nomination for Starting Over (1979), directed by Alan J. Pakula. Her other credits include Semi-Tough (1977), It’s My Turn (1980), First Monday in October (1981) and I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982).

Her many television credits include guest appearances on “Law & Order,” “The Practice” and “Nip/Tuck,” and a recurring role on “Ally McBeal” as Ally’s mother, Jeannie. Most recently Clayburgh was a member of the regular cast of ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money.”

She also frequently performed on Broadway, with her last appearance being the 2006 revival of “Barefoot in the Park, with Tony Roberts and Amanda Peet.

Besides Rabe, whom she married in 1978, Clayburgh is survived by a daughter, the actress Lily Rabe, who is starring in the Broadway production of “The Merchant of Venice”; a son, Michael; a stepson, Jason; and a brother, James.