11:06 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 11/05/2010 10:00PM
Jill Clayburgh, who embodied hopeful and determined women in such '70s and '80s movies as An Unmarried Woman, Starting Over and It's My Turn, died at her Connecticut home on Friday from chronic leukemia, a disease she quietly battled for 21 years, her husband, playwright David Rabe, told The New York Times. She was 66.
Earlier this week, the couple's daughter, actress Lily Rabe, took a temporary leave of absence from the Broadway show in which she is about to open, Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. A spokesperson for the show said only that it was a private family matter that caused Rabe to take leave.
Besides her movie roles, Clayburgh was also highly visible on TV, on Law & Order, The Practice and Nip/Tuck, as well as an ongoing role as mother Jeannie on Ally McBeal.
Originally posted 11/06/2010 09:00AM
The show must go on … but without one of its stars for now.
Lily Rabe, the daughter of late actress Jill Clayburgh who passed away Friday, had missed two performances of her Broadway show A Merchant of Venice to be by the side of her mother. The show's opening day was postponed, and Rabe's understudy took over her role temporarily.
When Rabe does return, she'll have a castmate to lean on who knew her mother well: Al Pacino.
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