Dirty Sexy Money: Jill Clayburgh Dies, Farewell ‘Tish’ Darling

Jill ClayburghThe veteran actress, who was nominated for Academy Awards for her starring roles in An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over, passed away yesterday at the age of 66. Jill Clayburgh died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut after a battle with leukemia that spanned more than 20 years.

With a degree in the theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, Clayburgh began her career in the 1960s. She regularly played complex, intelligent women. On stage, she appeared in The Rothschilds (her Broadway debut), Noel Coward’s Design for Living, and the original Broadway production of Pippin with John Rubenstein and Irene Ryan (The Beverly Hillbillies). Her last appearance on Broadway was in a 2006 revival of Barefoot in the Park with Tony Roberts and Amanda Peet.

Aside from her two Oscar-nominated roles, Clayburgh appeared in other films like Semi Tough (opposite Burt Reynolds), Silver Streak (as Gene Wilder’s love interest), Gable and Lombard (as Carole Lombard), and It’s My Turn (with Michael Douglas). Clayburgh will be seen on the big screen on November 24th in Love and Other Drugs and the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy called Bridesmaids.

The actress was also nominated for two Emmy Awards during her career; for a guest appearance on Nip/Tuck and Hustling, a TV movie. She starred in numerous other TV movies and appeared on other shows like Leap of Faith, The Practice, Law & Order, Medical Center, and Ally McBeal (as Ally’s mother). She also co-starred on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money as wealthy Letitia “Tish” Darling, opposite Donald Sutherland. The series lasted two seasons before being cancelled by ABC.

Clayburgh is survived by her husband, playwright David Rabe, two children and a stepson.

What do you think? How will you remember Jill Clayburgh? A particular role?

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  1. ALLY ANDREWS says

    I was a teenager in Catholic boarding school in Connecticut when An Unmarried Woman came out. A group of us would get together every night in “The Smoker” to discuss love, life and the pursuit of happiness. Where would we go to college ? Would we have careers ? Would we get married ? All of us were far and away more sophisticated than our “normal” peers.

    We had all traveled, we bought our clothes at Bergdor’s and the bill automatically went to Dad. We hung out at the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel. We were 15 going on 40 !

    My roommate and I went to see the movie after sneaking out of school. We would have been kicked out if we had been caught !!!

    The movie PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED ME, my very wealthy Irish Catholic family expected I would be a virgin the day I got married , preferably the week after I graduated from the all woman’s college I would be attending in Boston in the next few years.

    I saw myself as dancing in my underwear, moving to NYC and absolutely having Alan Bates. My Mother had scared the life out of me over the idea of being alone, a fate worse than DEATH.

    Thanks to Jill, I did dance in my underwear, I went to NYC and worked on Wall Street as the first woman executive in a shipping firm. I had my Alan Bates and he was YUMMY. However, I married at 35 to the absolute love of my life and I not for one second puke for being alone LOL.

    I HAD NO IDEA Jill was sick and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, she was truly exceptional in every way. THANKS JILL

  2. Leisa says

    Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story. I still remember so much of the movie. Peter Falk and she did a wonderful beleivable job. They did a rip-off of it a few years. It just made me want to see those two again. “I knew you would show up” I hope he greeted her. She had so much talent and I think she was just never given the parts she deserved. I love Diane Keaton, but I everytime I would watch Diane Keaton in a movie I would think how well Jill would have taken that role and made it her home. I heard nothing about her death. But I have pleanty of info about Snookies activities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope the remember her at the Academy Awards and not forget her like they did Farrah. I hope the kite reaches the heavens.

  3. Sha says

    I thought she was very wonderful. She was unique. Starting Over is one of my very
    very favorite movies and she was just perfect.

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