7 Nov 2010

Actress Jill Clayburgh dies aged 66

8:45 am on 7 November 2010

Hollywood, TV and Broadway actress Jill Clayburgh has died aged 66.

She was twice nominated for an Oscar - for her role in An Unmarried Woman in 1978 and for Starting Over, opposite Burt Reynolds the following year.

Her husband, playwright David Rabe, said she died from leukaemia at home in Connecticut.

She had lived with the illness for more than 20 years.

Clayburgh won best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in An Unmarried Woman, in which she played a wife and mother whose husband leaves her for a younger woman and who then starts a relationship with an artist, played by Alan Bates.

Her TV appearances included playing the mother in the Ally McBeal series.

Her final film, Bridesmaids, has not yet been released.