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, U.S.
Died November 5, 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 66)
Lakeville, Connecticut, U.S.
Cause of death Leukemia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–2010
Spouse(s) David Rabe
(m. 1979; d. 2010)
Children
Parent(s)
  • Julia Louise Dorr
  • Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh

Jill Clayburgh (April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010) was an American actress known for her work in theater, television, and cinema. She won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1978 film An Unmarried Woman. She would receive a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the 1979 film Starting Over as well as four Golden Globe nominations for her film performances.

Clayburgh made her Broadway debut in 1968 and starred in the original Broadway productions of the musicals The Rothschilds (1970) and Pippin (1972), and returned in 1984 for the revival of the play Design for Living. On television, she appeared in episodes of Medical Center, Maude, and The Rockford Files, before starring in the 1975 TV film Hustling, which earned her the first of two Emmy Award nominations. She received a second Emmy nomination for her 2004 guest role in the drama series Nip/Tuck, and went on to star in the drama series Dirty Sexy Money (2007–09). Her film roles included Gable and Lombard (1976), Silver Streak (1976), Semi-Tough (1977), La Luna (1979), First Monday in October (1981), Shy People (1987), Fools Rush In (1997), Running With Scissors (2006) and Bridesmaids (2011).

Early life

Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr; 1910–1975),[1] an actress and theatrical production secretary for producer David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.[2][3][4] Her paternal grandmother was concert and opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh.[5]

Clayburgh's mother was Protestant[6] and her father came from a wealthy Jewish family,[7][8] though reportedly never talked about her religious background and was raised in no faith.[6] She was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where she attended the Brearley School.[7] She then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.

Career

Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Sudden and Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson, and starred in a 1969 off-Broadway production of the Henry Bloomstein play Calling in Crazy, at the Andy Warhol owned Fortune theatre. She went on to appear in numerous Broadway productions in the 1970s and 1980s, including the musicals The Rothschilds in 1972 and Pippin in 1975. Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not released until six years later. She gained attention with roles such as the love interest of Gene Wilder's character 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.

The first of her two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress was for 1978's An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival (tied with Isabelle Huppert), while the second was 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, which presents an incestuous relationship and was poorly received at the time.

Television audiences know Clayburgh from numerous roles in series and movies including Search For Tomorrow, Law & Order, The Practice and as Ally McBeal's mother. She received Emmy Award[9] 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.

Death

Clayburgh had chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than 20 years and dealt with it privately before dying from the disease at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut, on November 5, 2010.[10] The movie Love & Other Drugs was dedicated to her memory.[citation needed] The 2011 film Bridesmaids was Clayburgh's final film appearance.

In 2012, friend and fellow actor Frank Langella wrote about their friendship (which spanned more than forty years) in a chapter of his book Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them. Her close friend and playwright Richard Greenberg wrote about her last days in a chapter of his book Rules for Others to Live By: Comments and Self-Contradictions released in 2016.

Personal life

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").

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1968 N.Y.P.D. Woman in park Episode: "Deadly Circle of Violence"
1969 Search for Tomorrow Grace Bolton Portrayed biological mother of child fathered by Len Whiting, adopted by him and his wife Patti
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
1989 Fear Stalk Alexandra Maynard Television movie
1990 Oltre l'oceano Ellen a.k.a. Beyond the Ocean (USA)
1991 Pretty Hattie's Baby Unknown
1991 Reason For Living: The Jill Ireland Story Jill Ireland Television movie
1992 Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green
1992 Le grand pardon II Sally White a.k.a. 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
1995 The Face on the Milk Carton Miranda Jessmon 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 a.k.a. 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 & Other Drugs Mrs. Randall Posthumous release
2011 Bridesmaids Judy Walker Posthumous release
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

  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JPWD-XX3 accessed 8/19/14
  2. ^ "PAW|Albert H. Clayburgh '31". Webscript.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Jill Clayburgh Film Reference biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^ Jill Clayburgh Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ a b "The Plame game, Jill Clayburgh: a Jew?, Gyllenhaal and Lambert |". j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Archived from the original on 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  7. ^ a b H.W. Wilson Company (1979). Current Biography. University of Michigan: H. W. Wilson Co. p. 76. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Jill Clayburgh Emmy Award Nomination". Emmys.com. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  10. ^ Fox, Margalit (November 5, 2010). "Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66; Starred in Feminist Roles". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ IMDB has no mention of her name in this film.

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