Jill Clayburgh, best-known for her Oscar-nominated role in An Unmarried Woman, has died at age 66, following a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Clayburgh's career spanned five decades, and broke ground and glass ceilings alike in her portrayals of empowered women, as in her turn as a divorcee exploring her sexuality in 1978's An Unmarried Woman.
"There was practically nothing for women to do on the screen in the 1950s and 1960s," Clayburgh told the AP in a 1978 interview while promoting An Unmarried Woman. "Sure, Marilyn Monroe was great, but she had to play a one-sided character, a vulnerable sex object. It was a real fantasy." Clayburgh graced big and small screen alike, most recently roles on Dirty Sexy Money and Nip/Tuck.
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