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Jill Clayburgh

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Jill Clayburgh was an American actress born on April 30, 1944, in New York City. She was raised in a wealthy family, and her father was a manufacturing executive. Clayburgh attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied acting and graduated in 1966. She then went on to attend the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Clayburgh began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions on and off-Broadway. In 1970, she starred in the Broadway production of "The Rothschilds," which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She went on to receive critical acclaim for her performances in "Pippin" and "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way."

In 1978, Clayburgh received her first Academy Award nomination for her role in the film "An Unmarried Woman." The film, which was directed by Paul Mazursky, explored the life of a divorced woman and the challenges she faced in finding love and independence. Clayburgh's performance was praised for its honesty and vulnerability, and it earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

Clayburgh continued to work in film throughout the 1980s, appearing in movies such as "Starting Over" and "First Monday in October." She also made a return to the stage, starring in the Broadway production of "The House of Blue Leaves" in 1986.

In the 1990s, Clayburgh's career shifted towards television. She appeared in several made-for-TV movies, including "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "Dirty Sexy Money." She also had recurring roles on the hit series "Ally McBeal" and "Nip/Tuck."

Despite her success on screen, Clayburgh never lost her love for the stage. She continued to perform in theater productions throughout her career, including a 2005 revival of "Barefoot in the Park" and a 2008 production of "Ages of the Moon."

Clayburgh was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2003, but she continued to work despite her illness. In 2010, she passed away at the age of 66.

Throughout her career, Clayburgh was known for her ability to portray complex, nuanced characters with honesty and depth. She was a trailblazer for women in Hollywood, paving the way for future generations of actresses to play roles that were both strong and vulnerable.

In addition to her Tony and Golden Globe Awards, Clayburgh was also honored with two Emmy nominations and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She will always be remembered as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, and her contributions to the world of film, television, and theater will never be forgotten.

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Jill Clayburgh STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival, 2006
Mrs. Banks

Original Broadway Production, 2005
Bess Lapin

Broadway Revival, 1984

Original Broadway Production, 1974

Original Broadway Production, 1972

Original Broadway Production, 1970
Hannah Cohen

Jill Clayburgh Movies

[1969]The Wedding Party Josephine - The Bride

[1972]Portnoy's Complaint Naomi

[1973]The Thief Who Came to Dinner Jackie

[1974]The Terminal Man Angela Black

[1976]Gable and Lombard Carole Lombard

[1976]Silver Streak HildegardHillyBurns

[1977]Semi-Tough Barbara Jane Bookman

[1978]An Unmarried Woman Erica

[1979]Starting Over Marilyn Holmberg

[1979]Luna Caterina Silveri

[1980]It's My Turn Kate Gunzinger

[1981]First Monday in October Ruth Loomis

[1982]I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Barbara Gordon

[1983]Hanna K. Hanna Kaufman

[1986]Where Are the Children? Nancy Holder Eldridge

[1987]Shy People Diana

[1990]Beyond the Ocean Ellen

[1991]Pretty Hattie's Baby Denise

[1992]Rich in Love Helen Odom

[1992]Day of Atonement Sally White

[1992]Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green

[1993]Naked in New York Shirley, Jake's Mother

[1997]Fools Rush In Nan

[1997]Going All the Way Alma Burns

[2001]Falling Ruth

[2001]Never Again Grace

[2006]Running with Scissors Agnes Finch

[2010]Love & Other Drugs Nancy Randall

[2011]Bridesmaids Annie's Mom

Jill Clayburgh TV Shows

Ally McBeal Jeannie McBeal

Dirty Sexy Money Letitia 'Tish' Darling

Search for Tomorrow Grace Bolton

Trinity Eileen McCallister

Jill Clayburgh Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 2007 - Outstanding Lead Actress

Jill Clayburgh, The Busy World Is Hushed

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John Rubenstein Celebrates Pippin's 50th Anniversary On MUSICAL THEATRE MELODIES Next Week

The next broadcast of Rob Morrison's Musical Theatre Melodies will pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Steven Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's Tony Award winning musical PIPPIN, featuring interviews with Tony Award winner John Rubenstein and songs from the original Broadway cast recording with special narration by Tony Award nominee Walter Willison.

How Many Tom Stoppard Plays Have Been Performed on Broadway?

Leopoldstadt marks the 19th production of a Tom Stoppard play to open on Broadway since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead opened 55 years ago. Stoppard has won four Best Play Tony Awards, more than any other playwright in history. What are the 18 other productions of Tom Stoppard plays to open on Broadway? Let's take a look back!

BWW Feature: Cabaret Today

What is it about the art form of cabaret these days that is different from the art form of cabaret from yesterday? Sometimes nothing; but sometimes every damn thing.


During this time when productions all over the world have been put on pause, we are coming together to celebrate plays that have left their mark on theater history. This week we will be focusing on the plays of Neil Simon. Today's play, Barefoot in the Park!

Broadway Rewind: Marin Mazzie, Douglas Sills & More Take on ON THE 20TH CENTURY for the Actors' Fund in 2005!

Broadway Rewind continues in Shubert Alley for the Annual BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market, then to the opening night of Richard Greenberg's play A Naked Girl on the Appian Way which starred Richard Thomas, Jill Clayburgh and Matthew Morrison. 'Matthew told me what it was like doing the musical 'A Light in the Piazza', having to leave them and not have to sing in this play.' says Richard Ridge.

All of Ryan Murphy's Past, Current and Upcoming Television and Film Projects

Over the last decade, Ryan Murphy has become one of the most influential creators in entertainment. The screenwriter, director and producer has won six Emmy Awards out of 28 nominations and a Tony Award in 2019 for Best Revival of a Play, as a producer. He has also earned three Grammy Award nominations, as a producer.

Actor Jay O. Sanders Receives Distinguished Alumni Award From Purchase College

Purchase College, SUNY held its 46th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. 

BAMcinématek to Present A Different Picture: Women Filmmakers in the New Hollywood Era

From Wednesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 20, BAMcinématek presents A Different Picture: Women Filmmakers in the New Hollywood Era, 1967—1980. A counter-narrative to the traditional macho mythology of the New Hollywood era, this series seeks to correct a historical wrong. As programmer Jesse Trussell explains, “This series is a redress to the established Easy Riders and Raging Bulls narratives; women from coast to coast radically altering film form, film subject and film power structures.” This series spotlights the prodigious work of female filmmakers in the United States from 1967—1980; films made both inside and outside of the Hollywood system and encompassing a wide array of genres from comedy to drama, art house to exploitation.

Winner Announced for 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been awarded to U.K. playwright Alice Birch for her play "Anatomy of a Suicide". Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Prize is awarded annually to recognize women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The Winner will receive $25,000 and a signed and numbered print by renowned artist Willem de Kooning.

Finalists Selected for the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights writing in the English language. Chosen from over 150 nominated plays, the Finalists are:


Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) has announced three World Premiere productions for the EST 2018 season.

DIRTY DANCING �" THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE North American Tour Launches Tonight

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage officially opens a new production and North American tour at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA, tonight, October 5.

Cast Set for DIRTY DANCING North American Tour, Coming to State Theatre Next June

After three successful years on tour boasting numerous sold out engagements, this new adaptation of the worldwide smash-hit film, currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will continue to dazzle in more than 50 markets in North America, including the Lehigh Valley at The State Theatre on June 21 and June 22, 2018.

DIRTY DANCING �" THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE North American Tour Finds Its 'Johnny' and 'Baby'; Cast, Dates Set!

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will officially open a new production and North American tour at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA, October 5 - 7.

Photo: Broadway's Debra Monk Stops by IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM

Tony Award winner Debra Monk attended the current rare revival of David Rabe's IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM Thursday night Off-Broadway. She was accompanied by playwright/actor Michael Rabe (son of Mr. Rabe and Jill Clayburgh), with whom she starred in David Rabe's VISITING EDNA at Steppenwolf last fall.


Ruth Eckerd Hall presents Broadway's Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage on Friday, May 5 at 8 pm, Saturday, May 6 at 2 & 8 pm and Sunday, May 7 at 2 & 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets on Sale This Month for DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE in Winnipeg

Broadway Across Canada announced today that individual tickets for the Winnipeg premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Monday December 12 at 10am.

Stage and Screen Vet Lucie Arnaz to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut

Award-winning star of stage and screen Lucie Arnaz will bring An Intimate Evening with Lucie Arnaz to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Today, September 16 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, September 17 (7 p.m.).

Jackie Chan & More to Receive Academy's 2016 Governor's Award

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Gloucester Stage Company Presents New England Premiere of THE TOTALITARIANS

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's The Totalitarians from September 1 through September 24 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Stage Managing Director Jeff Zinn makes his Gloucester Stage directing debut with this off-the-wall-satire of the zany world of politics. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb has written a not-so-tall-tale of an oligarchic takeover led by a Palinesque Manchurian candidate, and possibly thwarted by a hapless one-man commando squad…in Nebraska? This raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts features a cast of GSC veterans Amanda Collins and Lewis D. Wheeler, and GSC newcomers Breean Julian and Alex Portenko. According to Director Zinn, "As we all watch, with our jaws dropped, the daily excesses of candidates and hear the commentators remark, 'you can't make this stuff up,' I am incredibly grateful to Peter Nachtreib for 'making stuff up' that rises to the occasion. Some may find the humor in The Totalitarians outrageous, but in this political moment I believe outrage is exactly what we need."


Jill Clayburgh has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Jill Clayburgh has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Clean House and Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for The Busy World Is Hushed .

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