After a 21-year-long battle against leukemia, the award-winning actress Jill Clayburgh died Friday. News of her passing broke on Saturday, with her husband of 31 years, the playwright David Rabe, saying Clayburgh had been at home, surrounded by family. News came on Sunday that the Broadway opening of The Merchant of Venice, which features their daughter, Lily Rabe, alongside Al Pacino, would be delayed, most likely now opening on November 15 instead of today.
Clayburgh's breakout movie performance was as Naomi in 1972's Portnoy's Complaint. Seven years later she was nominated for Best Actress for the lead role in An Unmarried Woman, and again a year later for Starting Over. Clayburgh recently appeared in the TV series Dirty Sexy Money and can be seen in the upcoming Love and Other Drugs, which opens November 24. More coverage of Clayburgh's career will be featured on Monday's Hollywood Dailies. Posted 11.07.10 by reelz