Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66


Jill Clayburgh died Friday at 66 years old in her Connecticut home after battling chronic leukemia for 21 years. The actress played hopeful and determined women in the 70s and 80s in classic movies such as "An Unmarried Woman", "Starting Over", and "It's My Turn". In addition to her movie roles, Clayburgh also appeared on Law & Order, The Practice and Nip/Tuck, as well as an ongoing role as mother Jeannie on Ally McBeal.

Clayburgh was nominated for an Oscar for 1978's "An Unmarried Woman", in which she portrayed an abandoned wife who finds strength in her independence after having an affiar with a sexy artist.

She is survived by husband David Rabe, daughter Lily, son Michael, stepson Jason, and brother James.



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