Jill Clayburgh reported dead

Jill Clayburgh reported dead

Jill Clayburgh, for some people, symbolized the modern woman.  Particularly, in An Unmarried Woman (opposite Alan Bates and written and directed by Paul Mazursky), she brought an open-eyed awareness of the changing roles of women in post-1960s America.

In 1981, she played the first female Supreme Court justice.  She didn’t have a particularly geek-friendly career, although she did star with George Segal in Michael Crichton’s The Terminal Man and in the sequel to John Travolta’s Phenomenon.

In the 2000s, she appeared in some high-profile TV series, including Ally McBeal, the Practice, and Dirty Sexy Money. 

The twice-Oscar nominated actor (for An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over) died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the age of 66.  Her next movie, Love and Other Drugs (with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Pratt…and George Segal, her former costar), opens November 24th of this year.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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