Clayburgh, Jill 1944–

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CLAYBURGH, Jill 1944–


Born April 30, 1944, in New York, NY; daughter of Albert Henry (a manufacturing executive) and Julia (a former theatrical production secretary; maiden name, Door) Clayburgh; married David Rabe (a playwright), March 1979; children: Lily, Michael. Education: Attended the Brearley Finishing School; Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., philosophy, 1966; studied acting with Uta Hagen and John Lehne. Avocational Interests: Jogging.

Addresses: Agent—ICM, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Mary Goldberg Management, 206 Lark Ellen Ave., Ojai, CA 93023.

Career: Actress. Summer stock at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1960s; former member of Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA. Cofounder of Ruby Movies Production Company.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nomination, 1976, for Hustling; Cannes Film Festival Award, best actress, 1978, Academy Award nomination, best actress, Golden Globe nomination, best actress in a drama, Film Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1979, Marquee Award nomination, best actress, American Movie Awards, 1980, all for An Unmarried Woman; Golden Apple Award, female star of the year, 1979; Academy Award nomination, best actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a musical or comedy, 1980, both for Starting Over; Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a drama, 1980, for Luna; Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a musical or comedy, 1982, for First Monday in October.


Film Appearances:

Josephine Fish, the bride, The Wedding Party (filmed in 1963, Ajay, 1969.

(Uncredited) Eyemask, The Telephone Book, 1971.

Naomi, Portnoy's Complaint, Warner Bros., 1972.

Jackie, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Warner Bros., 1972.

Angela Black, The Terminal Man, Warner Bros., 1974.

Carole Lombard, Gable and Lombard, Universal, 1976.

Hilly Burns, Silver Streak, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1976.

Barbara Jane Bookman, Semi–Tough, United Artists, 1977.

Erica Benton, An Unmarried Woman, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1978.

Caterina Silveri, Luna (also known as La luna), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Marilyn Holmberg, Starting Over, Paramount, 1979.

Mathematician Kate Gunzinger, It's My Turn (also known as A Perfect Circle), Columbia, 1980.

Judge Ruth Loomis, First Monday in October, Paramount, 1981.

Barbara Gordon, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Paramount, 1982.

Hannah Kaufman, Hannah K., Universal, 1983.

Herself, In Our Hands, 1984.

Nancy Eldridge, Where Are the Children?, Columbia, 1986.

Diana Sullivan, Shy People, Cannon, 1987.

Ellen, Beyond the Ocean (also known as Oltre l'oceano), 1990.

Pretty Hattie's Baby, 1991.

Sally White, Le grand pardon II (also known as Day of Atonement), Vidmark Entertainment, 1992.

Sarah Green, Whispers in the Dark, Paramount, 1992.

Helen Odom, Rich in Love, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1993.

Shirley Briggs (Jake's mother), Naked in New York, Fine Line, 1994.

Nan Whitman, Fools Rush In, Columbia, 1997.

Alma Burns, Going All the Way, Gramercy, 1997.

Grace, Never Again, USA Films, 2001.

Ruth, Vallen (also known as Falling), 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Grace Bolton, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1969–70.

Eileen McCallister, Trinity, NBC, 1998.

Mickey Gorelick, Everything's Relative, NBC, 1999.

Cricket Wardwell, Leap of Faith, NBC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Judge Louise Parker, Trial: The Price of Passion (also known as Trial), NBC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mary Nero, The Snoop Sisters (also known as Female Instinct), NBC, 1972.

Wanda, Hustling, ABC, 1975.

Dany, The Art of Crime (also known as Roman Grey: The Fine Art of Crime), NBC, 1975.

Sarah Phoenix, Griffin and Phoenix (also known as Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story and Today Is Forever), ABC, 1976.

Moira Browning, Miles to Go ... (also known as Leaving Home), CBS, 1986.

Vikki Baron, Who Gets the Friends?, CBS, 1988.

Ally Maynard, Fear Stalk, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Laurie Braga, Unspeakable Acts, ABC, 1990.

Title role, Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (also known as Life Lines), NBC, 1991.

Anneliese Osborn, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (also known as Firestorm: A Catastrophe in Oakland), ABC, 1993.

Sally Walsh, For the Love of Nancy, ABC, 1994.

Kitty Menendez, Honor Thy Father and Mother—The True Story of the Menendez Murders (also known as Honor Thy Father and Mother: The Menendez Killings), Fox, 1994.

Miranda Jessmon, The Face on the Milk Carton, CBS, 1995.

Kathy Stevens, Crowned and Dangerous (also known as If Looks Could Kill and Broken Crown), ABC, 1997.

Eve Widener, Sins of the Mind, USA Network, 1997.

Susan French, When Innocence Is Lost, Lifetime, 1997.

Alice Lorenz, My Little Assassin, Lifetime, 1999.

Norma Malley, Phenomenon II, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Ask Me Anything: How to Talk to Kids about Sex (documentary), 1989.

Voice of Emilie Todd Helm, Lincoln (documentary), ABC, 1992.

Herself, National Memorial Day Concert 1994, PBS, 1994.

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Gloria, Going Places, 1973.

Second Opinion, UPN, 1998.

Kate, The Only Living Boy in New York, Fox, 2000.

Marriage, HBO, 2004.

Celebrity Charades, AMC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Deadly Circle of Violence," N.Y.P.D., 1968.

Beverly, "Choice of Evils," Medical Center, 1974.

Adele, "Walter's Heart Attack," Maude, 1974.

Marilyn Polonski, "The Big Ripoff," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1974.

Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1976, 1978.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1991.

Sheila Atkins, "Divorce," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Voice of Marie, "The Perfect Guy," Frasier, NBC, 1998.

Jeannie McBeal, "Troubled Water," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1999.

Jeannie McBeal, "Ally McBeal: The Musical, Almost," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000.

Jeannie McBeal, "Home Again," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001.

Jeannie McBeal, "The Wedding," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2002.

Victoria Stewart, "Coming Home," The Practice, ABC, 2004.

Victoria Stewart, "Pre–Trial Blues," The Practice, ABC, 2004.

Victoria Stewart, "Mr. Shore Goes to Town," The Practice, ABC, 2004.

Bobbi Broderick, "Bobbi Broderick," Nip/Tuck, F/X, 2004.

Bobbi Broderick, "Naomi Gaines," Nip/Tuck, F/X, 2004.

Also appeared in At Home With ... , HGTV.

Stage Appearances:

(Off–Broadway debut) The Sudden and Accidental Re–Education of Horse Johnson, 1968.

Joanne Dibble, "It's Called the Sugar Plum," The Indian Wants the Bronx/It's Called the Sugar Plum, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Calling in Crazy, Fortune Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Aimee, The Nest, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1970.

(Broadway debut) Hannah Cohen, The Rothschilds, Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Desdemona, Othello, Los Angeles, 1971.

Catherine, Pippin's wife, Pippin, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Dotty, Jumpers, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Chrissy, In the Boom Boom Room, New York City, 1979.

Gilda, Design for Living, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1984.

Sunny Jacobs, The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared with the Charles Street Repertory Company, Boston, MA, 1960s, in America Hurrah, The Balcony, Love for Love, and Dutchman; also appeared in Devil's Disciple.



International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1997.


Films and Filming (London), March, 1988.

New York Times, March 7, 1982.

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