Jill Clayburg Died of Chronic Leukemia at 66

Jill Clayburgh

Surrounded by her family, the actress passed away at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut on Friday, November 5 after losing her longtime battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut on Friday, November 5 at the age of 66, The New York Times reported. Jill died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with which she had lived for 21 years, her playwright husband David Rabe said.

David revealed that Jill had fought the disease courageously, quietly, privately and conducted herself with enormous grace. When she passed away, Jill was surrounded by her family. Jill is survived by David, whom she was wed for 31 years, son Michael Rabe, actress daughter Lily Rabe and stepson Jason Rabe.

Jill was born in New York City and came from a privileged family. Her father, Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, was vice president of two large companies and her mother, Julia Louise, was a secretary for Broadway producer David Merrick. Meanwhile, Jill's grandmother was an opera singer and New York socialite.

Professionally, Jill appeared in numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She made her big screen debut in "The Wedding Party", which was filmed in 1963, and later rose to fame with her role in 1976 comedy-mystery "Silver Streak". Jill was nominated for best-actress Oscars for her role in 1978 film "An Unmarried Woman" and for comedy "Starting Over", starring opposite Burt Reynolds a year later.

In later years, Jill made guest appearances in small screen, including "Ally McBeal", "The Practice", "Law & Order" and "Nip/Tuck". Starting in 2007, Jill was a member of the regular cast of "Dirty Sexy Money", which lasted two seasons. Of her acclaim, Jill once told The Times, "People think about me, 'This wonderful lucky woman, she's got it all'. But gee, that's how I feel about Meryl Streep."

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    Feb 23, 2011

    I thought she was wonderful and had a quiet sensuality that was undeniable ,I saw her in a movie when I was in France in the seventies it was a strange little dialog driven arty movie as Europeans are prone to love,I think the movie was called Black Moon and it was hard to walk out of that moviehouse into the stark light of day still int the throes of being quite aroused by Jill's smoldering performance, I know we don't have actors of her caliber today,she will be missed

    Nov 27, 2010

    I saw out in Stamford one night after we went to see the Nutcracker at Christmas at a Chinese restaurant, but did not have the heart to go over and bother her. It was great to see her though she had been one of my favorite actresses since the 70's.

    Nov 09, 2010

    I loved the way Jill clayburg didn't just act out her roles, she made you believe she lived them. Looked forward to whatever she'd be in next.Will be sadly missed.

    Nov 08, 2010

    I fell in love with Jill Clayburg when I was in Jr High School. She starred with James Brolin in the fact-based story of Hollywood icons "Gable and Lombard". One of the best love stories on film I've ever seen. She will be missed.

    Jill Clayburg
    Nov 07, 2010

    we will miss her and her wonderful comic timing.

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