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Actress Jill Clayburgh dies at 66

Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh has died aged 66 (AP)
Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh has died aged 66 (AP)

Jill Clayburgh the Oscar-nominated actress who starred on Broadway, TV and films including An Unmarried Woman and Dirty Sexy Money, has died.

She was 66.

Her husband, playwright David Rabe, said Clayburgh was surrounded by her family and brother when she died on Friday morning at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut., after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Rabe said his wife dealt with the disease courageously, quietly and privately.

She was nominated for an Oscar for An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over.

She is survived by three children, including actress Lily Rabe, Michael Rabe and stepson Jason Rabe.

Rabe said there will be no funeral. The family will have a memorial in about six months.

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