Jill Clayburgh - biography

Jill Clayburgh (New York, USA, April 30, 1944 - Lakeville, Connecticut, USA, November 5, 2010)

Jill Clayburgh is an American actress known for her roles as a decisive, self-confident woman throughout the 1970s and 1980s. She was born to a well-off family in New York and attended the best schools. During her studies at the Sarah Lawrence College she realized she wanted to be an actress and after graduating in 1966 she moved to Boston and studied acting at the Charles Street Repertory Theatre. In the late 1960s she returned to New York and acted on Broadway. In the beginning of the 1970s she started to act in TV series and made her feature film debut The Wedding Party (made in 1963 but released in 1969). Her first bigger role in a film was in Portnoy's Complaint (1972). She then starred in another comedy The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973), several supporting roles in TV series, sci-fi The Terminal Man (1974) and two TV films Hustling (1975) and The Art of Crime (1975). She played Carole Lombard in Gable and Lombard (1976) and acted opposite Gene Wilder in the action comedy Silver Streak (1976). Afterwards she starred in the comedy Semi-Tough (1977) and then got the leading part in the film An Unmarried Woman (1978), which the critics praised and that brought her an Oscar nomination. She was nominated for another Oscar for her role in the comedy Starting Over (1979). The critics also loved her role in Bertolucci’s drama La luna (1979). She starred opposite Michael Douglas in It's My Turn (1980) and Walter Matthau in First Monday in October (1981), but the films were not very successful. Her role as a valium addict in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982) received good reviews, and then she acted in Costa-Gavras Hanna K. (1983), thriller Where Are the Children? (1986), the drama Shy People (1987) with Barbara Hershey, and two TV films. In the 1990s she continued to act both on TV and in films but did not have many important roles. From that period her most important work includes Naked in New York (1993), Sins of the Mind (TV, 1997), Never Again (2001), Running with Scissors (2006), TV series Dirty Sexy Money (2007-2009), Ally McBeal (1999-2001), The Practice (2004), Nip/Tuck (2004).


Bridesmaids (2011)

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Dirty Sexy Money (TV serija) (2007-2009)

Untitled Family Pilot (TV film) (2009)

Running with Scissors (2006)

Nip/Tuck (TV series) (2004)

The Practice (TV series) (2004)

Phenomenon II (TV film) (2003)

Leap of Faith (TV series) (2002)

Untitled Eric Gilliland Project (TV film) (2002)

Vallen (2001)

Ally McBeal (TV series) (1999-2001)

Never Again (2001)

The Only Living Boy in New York (TV film) (2000)

My Little Assassin (TV film) (1999)

Everything's Relative (TV series) (1999)

Trinity (TV series) (1998)

Frasier (TV series) (1998)

Law and Order (TV series) (1998)

Crowned and Dangerous (TV film) (1997)

Sins of the Mind (TV film) (1997)

When Innocence Is Lost (TV film) (1997)

Fools Rush In (1997)

Going All the Way (1997)

The Face on the Milk Carton (TV film) (1995)

For the Love of Nancy (TV film) (1994)

Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders (TV film) (1994)

Eligible Dentist (TV film) (1993)

Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (TV film) (1993)

Naked in New York (1993)

Lincoln (TV film) (1992) (voiceover)

Le grand pardon II (1992)

Rich in Love (1992)

Whispers in the Dark (1992)

Trial: The Price of Passion (TV film) (1992)

Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (TV film) (1991)

Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991)

Unspeakable Acts (TV film) (1990)

Oltre l'oceano (1990)

Fear Stalk (TV film) (1989)

Who Gets the Friends? (TV film) (1988)

Shy People (1987)

Where Are the Children? (1986)

Miles to Go... (TV film) (1986)

Hanna K. (1983)

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1983)

First Monday in October (1981)

It's My Turn (1980)

Starting Over (1979)

La luna (1979)

An Unmarried Woman (1978)

Semi-Tough (1977)

Silver Streak (1976)

Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story (TV film) (1976)

Gable and Lombard (1976)

The Art of Crime (TV film) (1975)

Hustling (TV film) (1975)

The Rockford Files (TV series) (1974)

Maude (TV series) (1974)

The Terminal Man (1974)

Medical Center (TV series) (1974)

CBS Daytime 90 (TV series) (1974)

Going Places (TV, short feature) (1973)

The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

The Snoop Sisters (TV series) (1972)

Portnoy's Complaint (1972)

The Telephone Book (1971) (unaccredited)

Search for Tomorrow (TV series) (1969-1970)

The Wedding Party (1969)

N.Y.P.D. (TV series) (1968)