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article imageEmmy nominee Jill Clayburgh dies of leukemia at 66

By KJ Mullins     Nov 8, 2010 in Entertainment
Actress Jill Clayburgh died Friday night at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut surrounded by her family. Clayburgh had battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia for two decades. She was 66 years old.
Jill Clayburgh, born in New York City, was a popular actress on Broadway during the 1960's and 1970's before her screen debut in The Wedding Party released in 1969. It wasn't until the 1976 comedy Silver Streak where she played the love interest of Gene Wilder that Clayburgh's star began to rise.
In 1978 she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in An Unmarried Woman. She took the Best Actress Award for that film at the Cannes Film Festival and again in 1979 for her role in the movie Starting Over.
Clayburgh appeared in the television shows Law and Order, The Practice and as Ally McBeal's mother as well as many others. In 2005 she was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance in the show Nip/Tuck.
She is survived by her husband David Rabe. The couple married in 1978. Clayburgh also is survived by a daughter, son, stepson and her brother James.
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