22 Facts About Jill Clayburgh

1. Jill Clayburgh had wanted to play this role since 1972, but she lost the role to Madeline Kahn.

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2. Jill Clayburgh attracted attention when she appeared in the Broadway musical The Rothschilds which ran for 502 performances.

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3. In 1969, Jill Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, written and directed by Brian De Palma.

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4. Jill Clayburgh began acting as a student in summer stock and, after graduating, joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston, where she met another up-and-coming actor and future Academy Award-winning star, Al Pacino, in 1967.

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5. Jill Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise, an actress and theatrical production secretary for producer David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.

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6. Jill Clayburgh won the award for Best Actress at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.

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7. Jill Clayburgh is penciled in to play Pat Nixon in the 2006-announced movie Dirty Tricks.

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8. Jill Clayburgh was born in New York City and died from leukemia.

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9. Jill Clayburgh received her first Academy Award nomination for her work on an Unmarried Woman and won Best Actress at Cannes.

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10. Jill Clayburgh went to Italy to make Luna for Bernardo Bertolucci.

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11. Jill Clayburgh received the first of her two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress was for An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival (tied with Isabelle Huppert).

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12. Jill Clayburgh had her first big box office success playing the love interest of Gene Wilder's character in the comedy-mystery Silver Streak, co-starring Richard Pryor.

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13. Jill Clayburgh had some good roles in TV movies like Hustling and The Art of Crime.

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14. Jill Clayburgh starred in some TV movies, Tiger on a Chain and Shock-a-bye, Baby and had a role in The Terminal Man (1974).

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15. Jill Clayburgh had a small role in The Telephone Book and Portnoy's Complaint (1972).

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16. Jill Clayburgh appeared in the Broadway musical The Rothschilds which ran for 502 performances.

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17. Jill Clayburgh made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Sudden and Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson, starring Jack Klugman, which ran for 5 performances.

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18. Jill Clayburgh appeared on a soap opera, Search for Tomorrow in 1968.

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19. Jill Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, written and directed by Brian De Palma.

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20. Jill Clayburgh had chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than 20 years and dealt with it privately before dying from the disease at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut, on November 5, 2010.

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21. Jill Clayburgh made her Broadway debut in 1968 and starred in the original Broadway productions of the musicals The Rothschilds and Pippin (1972), and returned in 1984 for the revival of the play Design for Living.

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22. Jill Clayburgh was an American actress known for her work in theater, television, and cinema.

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