Friday, November 12, 2010

Goodbye to an Unmarried Woman

     The actress Jill Clayburgh died a week ago, on Nov. 5, at the age of 66, after battling chronic leukemia for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, playwright David Rabe, and two children.

     I'm kind of surprised at how little attention this sad moment received in the press. In the late 1970s, Clayburgh embodied the hopes and dreams and fears of American women first in An Unmarried Woman then in Starting Over. Anyone who captures their times so perfectly, so purely, should be remembered for their contribution to our lives. Check out her dance from An Unmarried Woman.

     Clayburgh went on to act in several more movies, and she appeared on TV in "Law and Order," "The Practice," and "Nip/Tuck." In addition to two Academy Award nominations as Best Actress for An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over (she lost out to Jane Fonda for Coming Home in 1979 and Sally Field for Norma Rae in 1980) she was also nominated for a couple of Emmys and several Golden Globe Awards. In 1999 Entertainment Weekly chose her as one of Hollywood's 25 greatest actresses.

     You can see her daughter Lily Rabe on Broadway, as Portia in Merchant of Venice, starring one-time Jill Clayburgh beau Al Pacino.


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