Another talented, actor has passed away according to a report from the New York Times. Jill Clayburgh, the Oscar nominated actress known for her roles in both television and film died at the age of 66 over the weekend. Unfortunately, the news of her death didn’t come as a shock to those close to her because of her 21 year long battle with a terminal illness.
Clayburg had been suffering from chronic leukemia over the past two decades and despite her health she continued to work and stay active. Her career started on the stage in the 1960s before eventually crossing over into film. She was often put into the same group with Ellen Burstyn, Carrie Snodgress and Marsha Mason, as actresses who typically played unconventional, high strung, and eccentric characters on screen.
Clayburg was nominated for an Academy Award in 1978 for her performance in An Unmarried Woman, where she played “a New Yorker who must right herself after her husband leaves her for another woman.” The following year she received another nomination for her role in Starting Over, another film that centered on divorce but showed her character as a teacher who falls in love with newly single man.
The actress is survived by her husband of 32 years David Rabe, and her children Lily, Michael, Jason, and her brother James.
RIP Jill Clayburgh.