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Monday, October 7, 2013

Jill Clayburgh 1944 - 2010

Jill Clayburgh suffered from chronic leukaemia for 21 years prior to her death in 2010. Upon her death, Jill was cremated and her ashes are in the custody of her family. She was among the first generation of 70s actresses and she was listed on Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. 
Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr), a theatrical production secretary for producer David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive. Her paternal grandmother was concert and opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh.Clayburgh's father came from a wealthy, Jewish family.
She was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where she attended the Brearley School. She then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.Clayburgh married screenwriter and playwright David Rabe in 1979. They had one son, Michael Rabe, and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe. Prior to this, she had dated actor Al Pacino for five years (and briefly appeared with him in a November 1968 N.Y.P.D. episode, "Deadly Circle Of Violence").

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