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Jill Clayburgh
Born April 30, 1944 (1944-04-30) (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present

Jill Clayburgh (born April 30, 1944) is an American actress.


Personal life

Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr), a theatrical production secretary for David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.[1][2][3] Clayburgh's father's family was Jewish and upper class;[4][5] she was raised in a "fashionable" neighborhood on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where she attended the prestigious Brearley School.[4] She attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.

Clayburgh has been married to screenwriter and playwright David Rabe since 1979. They have one son and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe.


Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She appeared in numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Rothschilds and Pippin. Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not released until six years later, and gained attention with roles such as that of Gene Wilder's love interest in the 1976 comedy-mystery Silver Streak, co-starring Richard Pryor.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for 1978's An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the "Best Actress Award" at the Cannes Film Festival, and 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 (which co-starred Geraldine Page).

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 La Luna, a controversial role in Bernardo Bertolucci's critically panned film. (It includes a scene in which her character masturbates her son in an attempt to help his heroin addiction.)

Television audiences know Clayburgh from numerous roles in series and movies including The Practice and as Ally McBeal's mother. She received Emmy Award 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 and co-starring Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her next role will be as Pat Nixon in the film Dirty Tricks, directed by Running With Scissors director Ryan Murphy.

During 2007, Clayburgh appeared in the ABC television series Dirty Sexy Money, playing Letitia Darling.


Year Film Role Notes
1969 The Wedding Party Josephine
1971 The Telephone Book Bit Part (uncredited)
1972 Portnoy's Complaint Naomi
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Jackie
1974 The Terminal Man Angela Black
1976 Gable and Lombard Carole Lombard
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
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 Where Are the Children? Nancy Holder Eldridge
1987 Shy People Diana Sullivan
1990 Oltre l'oceano Ellen aka Beyond the Ocean (USA)
1991 Pretty Hattie's Baby
1992 Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green
Le grand pardon II Sally White aka Day of Atonement
1993 Naked in New York Shirley, Jake's Mother
Rich in Love Helen Odom
1997 Going All the Way Alma Burns
Fools Rush In Nan Whitman
2001 Never Again Grace
Vallen Ruth aka Falling
2006 Running with Scissors Agnes Finch
2010 Love and Other Drugs TBA Filming


  1. ^ PAW | Albert H. Clayburgh '31
  2. ^ Jill Clayburgh Biography (1944-)
  3. ^ Jill Clayburgh Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ a b H.W. Wilson Company (1979). Current Biography. University of Michigan: H. W. Wilson Co.. pp. 76.  
  5. ^ 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. pp. 229.  

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Jill Clayburgh (April 30, 1944 - November 5, 2010) was an American actress. She was nominated for several Academy Awards. Clayburgh died at age 66 from leukemia. The actress was born in New York City.

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