Saturday, November 6, 2010

Actress Jill Clayburgh Dead at 66

Actress Jill Clayburgh, whose career began on the stage in the 1960's and who then jumped over to Hollywood in the 1970's and back to Broadway in the last few years, has died of leukemia at 66.  Rumors of her illness spread when her daughter, Lily Rabe, started missing performances of the upcoming revival of The Merchant of Venice, in which Lily is currently starring as Portia opposite Al Pacino's Shylock.Clayburgh's credits include The Rothschilds, Pippin, and the original 1974 production of Jumpers (the Tom Stoppard play) on Broadway as well as Oscar-nominated performances in An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over.

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