Oscar-Nominated Actress Jill Clayburgh Dead at 66


Jill Clayburgh, known for portrayals of empowered women onstage and screen and Oscar-nominated for her take on a divorcée in the 1978 film An Unmarried Woman, died yesterday at 66, after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. "There was practically nothing for women to do on the screen in the 1950s and 1960s," she once said. "Sure, Marilyn Monroe was great, but she had to play a one-sided character, a vulnerable sex object. It was a real fantasy." Clayburgh leaves behind her husband, Tony Award–winning playwright David Rabe, and her children Michael Rabe, Jason Rabe, and actress Lily Rabe. [AP, Deadline]