Jill Clayburgh

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Jill Clayburgh
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Jill Clayburgh in Griffin and Phoenix (1976)
Born (1944-04-30)April 30, 1944
New York City, New York, USA
Died November 5, 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 66)[1]
Salisbury, Connecticut, USA
Cause of death
Leukemia
Resting place
Cremated
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–2010
Spouse(s) David Rabe (m. 1979–2010) (her death)
Children
Parents
  • Julia Louise Dorr
  • Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh

Jill Clayburgh (April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010) was an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for her roles in An Unmarried Woman (1978) and Starting Over (1979).

Personal life[edit]

Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr 1910-1975),[2] an actress and theatrical production secretary for producer David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.[3][4][5] Her paternal grandmother was concert and opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh.[6]

Clayburgh's mother was Protestant[7] and her father came from a wealthy Jewish family.[8][9] She was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where she attended the Brearley School.[8] She then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.

Clayburgh married screenwriter and playwright David Rabe in 1979. They had one son, Michael Rabe, and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe. Prior to this, she had dated actor Al Pacino for five years (and briefly appeared with him in a November 1968 N.Y.P.D. episode, "Deadly Circle Of Violence").

Career[edit]

Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She appeared in numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Rothschilds and Pippin. Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not released until six years later, and gained attention with roles such as the love interest of Gene Wilder in the 1976 comedy-mystery Silver Streak, co-starring Richard Pryor. She also starred in the critically acclaimed romantic drama Griffin and Phoenix, opposite Peter Falk.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for 1978's An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and for 1979's Starting Over, a comedy with Burt Reynolds. She also received strong notices for a dramatic performance in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can.

Her other films include Portnoy's Complaint, Gable and Lombard (in which she portrayed screen legend Carole Lombard), as a pro football team owner's daughter in Semi-Tough, as a mathematician in It's My Turn (in which she teaches the proof of the snake lemma), as a conservative Supreme Court justice in First Monday in October and in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial La Luna, a role in which her character masturbates her son in an attempt to ease his withdrawal from heroin.

Television audiences know Clayburgh from numerous roles in series and movies including Law & Order, The Practice and as Ally McBeal's mother. She received Emmy Award[10] nominations for her work in the made-for-television movie Hustling in 1975 and for guest appearances in the series Nip/Tuck in 2005.

In 2006, she appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park with Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet; she played Peet's mother, a role originated by Mildred Natwick. She also returned to the screen as a therapist's eccentric wife in the all-star ensemble dramedy Running With Scissors, an autobiographical tale of teenage angst and dysfunction based on the book by Augusten Burroughs. During 2007, Clayburgh appeared in the ABC television series Dirty Sexy Money, playing Letitia Darling.

A lesser work with Clayburgh listed in a starring role was Henry Bloomstein's comedy, "Calling In Crazy" with Rick Lenz, Marcia Wallace, Ed Preble and Kay Carney. It played in an off-Broadway house, the Fortune Theatre, that had a checkered past as a Warhol theatre used for "adult" and "gay" productions. The program for the show is quite detailed but does not have a date, the Fortune was active in the 60's to early 70's.

Death[edit]

Clayburgh had chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than 20 years before dying from the disease at her home in Salisbury, Connecticut, on November 5, 2010.[1] The movie Love and Other Drugs was dedicated to her memory.[citation needed] The 2011 film Bridesmaids was Clayburgh's final film appearance.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1968 N.Y.P.D. Woman in park Episode: "Deadly Circle of Violence"
1969 The Wedding Party Josephine
1971 The Telephone Book Bit Part (uncredited)[11]
1972 Portnoy's Complaint Naomi
1972 The Snoop Sisters Mary Nero Episode: "The Female Instinct"
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Jackie
1974 The Terminal Man Angela Black
1974 Medical Center Beverly Episode: "Choice of Evils"
1974 Maude Adele Episode: "Walter's Heart Attack"
1974 The Rockford Files Marilyn Polonski Episode: "The Big Ripoff"
1975 Hustling Wanda Television movie
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1976 Gable and Lombard Carole Lombard
1976 Griffin and Phoenix Sarah Phoenix Television movie
1976 Silver Streak Hilly Burns
1977 Semi-Tough Barbara Jane Bookman
1978 An Unmarried Woman Erica Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1979 La Luna Caterina Silveri Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1979 Starting Over Marilyn Holmberg Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980 It's My Turn Kate Gunzinger
1981 First Monday in October Ruth Loomis Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Barbara Gordon
1983 Hanna K. Hanna Kaufman
1986 Miles To Go Moira Browning Television movie
1986 Where Are The Children? Nancy Holder Eldridge
1987 Shy People Diana Sullivan
1990 Oltre l'oceano Ellen aka Beyond the Ocean (USA)
1991 Pretty Hattie's Baby Unknown
1992 Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green
1992 Le grand pardon II Sally White aka Day of Atonement
1993 Naked in New York Shirley, Jake's mother
1993 Rich in Love Helen Odom
1994 For the Love of Nancy Sally Walsh Television movie
1997 Going All the Way Alma Burns
1997 When Innocence is Lost Susan French
1997 Fools Rush In Nan Whitman
1998 Law & Order Sheila Atkins Episode: "Divorce"
1998 Frasier Marie Episode: "The Perfect Guy"
1998 Trinity Eileen McCallister 3 episodes
1999 Everything's Relative Mickey Gorelick 4 episodes
1999-2001 Ally McBeal Jeannie McBeal 4 episodes
2001 Never Again Grace
2001 Vallen Ruth aka Falling
2002 Leap of Faith Cricket Wardwell 6 episodes
2004 The Practice Victoria Stewart 3 episodes
2004 Nip/Tuck Bobbi Broderick 2 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2006 Running with Scissors Agnes Finch
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Letitia Darling 23 episodes
2010 Love and Other Drugs Mrs. Randall
2011 Bridesmaids Judy Walker Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (November 5, 2010). "Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66; Starred in Feminist Roles". The New York Times'. 
  2. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JPWD-XX3 accessed 8/19/14
  3. ^ PAW|Albert H. Clayburgh '31
  4. ^ Jill Clayburgh Film Reference biography
  5. ^ Jill Clayburgh Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  6. ^ "ALMA CLAYBURGH, SOPRANO, 76, DEAD; Concert Singer Was Patroni I of Cultural Activities-Aided Youn Musicians". New York Times. 1958-08-06. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  7. ^ http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/59910/the-plame-game-jill-clayburgh-a-jew-gyllenhaal-and-lambert/
  8. ^ a b H.W. Wilson Company (1979). Current Biography. University of Michigan: H. W. Wilson Co. p. 76. 
  9. ^ White, James Terry (1967). The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of the United States as illustrated in the lives of the founders, builders, and defenders of the republic, and of the men and women who are doing the work and moulding the thought of the present time. University Microfilms. p. 229. 
  10. ^ Jill Clayburgh Emmy Award Nomination
  11. ^ IMDB has no mention of her name in this film.

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