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Jill Clayburgh

Born: 1944-04-30 - Died: 2010-11-05
Cause of Death:
Chronic Leukemia

Death Summary: Clayburgh died from chronic lymphocytic leukemia after a 21 year long fight with the disease.

Who was Jill Clayburgh : Jill Clayburgh was a two time Academy Award winning actress who is most notable for starring in leading roles with powerful female leads. The daughter of a mother and father who were both involved in the entertainment industry, Clayburgh seemed destined for acting.

Clayburgh's family was wealthy, and she was raised in Manhattan's upper east side. She attended high quality schools, and during college she decided she wanted to be an actress. In the 60's and 70's, Clayburgh received her start in Broadway productions. Her first film, Wedding Party, was shot in 1963 but wouldn't see a release until 1969.

Clayburgh would receive notoriety for her role as Gene Wilder's love interest in the 1976 comedy, Silver Streak. After this role, Clayburgh then went on for her first Academy Award winning performance in the 1978 dramedy, An Unmarried Woman. She would win the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress. She would follow this performance, with another Academy Award nomination effort in the 1979 comedy, Starting Over.

After her two Academy Award nominations, Clayburgh went on with a healthy career. In 1979 she married her husband, David Rabe, who she was with until her death. Her most recent role which she was well known for was Letitia Darling on the ABC series, Dirty Sexy Money. In 2010 she also completed her last film, Love and Other Drugs.

Clayburgh is survived by her husband, son, and daughter.
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  1. Ime Says:

    RIP Jill

  2. Lynne mackie Says:

    Thankyou for the wonderful years of entertainment. My condolences to the family. Lynne

  3. Philip Says:

    Sorry to hear about Jill Clayburgh’s passing. My condolences to her family. I really loved her in “It’s My Turn.” It was the role she had which stole my heart away, and I wanted to hug her head off! Thanks for the memories, Jill.

  4. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    Sorry to hear about JILL’S Passing, she was a great actress. My condolences to her family and friends. May God be with her always. RIP JILL CLAYBURGH.

  5. Torlandra Floyd Says:

    you were one of the Best. You will be wll missed and I love you. I am 31 years old and you will always be the Greatest.

  6. Torlandra Floyd Says:

    You are and will always be one of the Greatest female actress their ever was. I love you and you will be well missed.I am 31 years old and watched your movies over the years, you are inspiring and the Best.

  7. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    Ahhh Didnt know you had passed until Now….Very Loved actress…You had such a Unique style and Class…You will be missed…
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  8. Damian Says:

    I loved her too and didn’t realized she past away. I am sorry to hear that she had to fight cancer for so long. I loved her as Hilly in Silver Streak.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but she didn’t win the two Oscars, she was only nominated.

  9. Lyn Smith Says:

    Great actress gone too soon

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  12. Laurie Says:

    I can’t believe it! You will be greatly missed.

  13. Kuniomi Says:

    Hello! It is such an honor to be involved with my siestr’s foundation. Can’t begin to tell how proud I am of her and everyone involved with helping build her legacy.I of course have a ton of memories with Jill. One that comes to mind right now is: Jill and I always being a team. For 30 years we tackled everything together whether we were side by side, on the phone, or over the internet. We were there together. The funny part is, our teaming up really started 27 years ago when our younger brother Kevin was born. Wow, did we team up on him and beat him up. Jill was bigger than, so she held him down and I tortured him. It was the start of something special. Jill by far was my greatest teammate I have ever had.

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