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Actress Jill Clayburgh dies at 66

Jill Clayburgh the Oscar-nominated actress who starred on Broadway, TV and films including An Unmarried Woman and Dirty Sexy Money, has died.

She was 66.

Her husband, playwright David Rabe, said Clayburgh was surrounded by her family and brother when she died on Friday morning at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut., after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Rabe said his wife dealt with the disease courageously, quietly and privately.

Besides appearing in such movies as I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can, Silver Streak and Running With Scissors, Clayburgh's Broadway credits include Noel Coward's Design for Living, the original production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, and the Tony Award-winning musicals Pippin and The Rothschilds.

Clayburgh was also nominated for an Academy Award for Starting Over, a comedy about a divorced man, played by Burt Reynolds, who falls in love but can't get over his ex-wife.

She also appeared on TV shows including Dirty Sexy Money and was nominated for two Emmys - for best actress in 1975 for her work on Hustling, and for her guest turn on Nip/Tuck in 2005.

She is survived by three children, including actress Lily Rabe, Michael Rabe and stepson Jason Rabe.

Rabe said there will be no funeral. The family will have a memorial in about six months.


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