Saturday, November 6, 2010

Actress Jill Clayburgh Dies

Two-time Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh died Friday of complication from constant leukemia, The New York Times reports. The 66-year-old struggle with the disease for more than two decades.

Clayburgh played family matriarch Letitia Darling on the ABC series 'Dirty Sexy Money,' which ran for two seasons and ended last year. She also recurred on the Fox hit 'Ally McBeal' as Ally's mother, Jeannie, and appeared in episodes of 'Frasier,' 'The Practice' and 'Nip/Tuck,' though was mostly known for her film and stage career.

The actress got her start starring in films and Broadway plays in the 1960s, and was Oscar chosen for her portrayal of a New Yorker whose husband leaves her in 'An Unmarried Woman' and a teacher who begins a association with a recently separated man in 'Starting Over.'

Clayburgh can be seen in the drama 'Love and Other Drugs,' starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, opening Nov. 24.

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