, the sophisticated veteran actress and two-time Oscar nominee who outlined herself as shy but was known in Hollywood for impersonating the strengths as well as the vulnerabilities of the empowered women of the modern era, in a way that won her a big fan following, died of complications from chronic leukemia on Friday at the age of 66.
Jill Clayburgh combated the disease for more than two decades. Her husband and the Tony award-winning play writer, David Rabe confirmed her death to the Associated Press, citing that Clayburgh passed away at her home in Lakeville, Conn, surrounded by family members.
Her career spanned over four decades and is marked by her remarkable quality of melding strong feelings with innocuous gestures. She was an adept in portraying both intelligent and emotional gestures, thus bringing depth and subtlety to her roles.
The highlight of her career was the role of a divorced woman in the 1978 movie “An Unmarried Woman” that drew her one of her two Oscar nominations.