Jill Clayburgh Biography (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. Addresses: Agent: ICM, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Mary Goldberg Management, 206 Lark Ellen Ave., Ojai,CA 93023.

Birth Details
April 30, 1944
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • 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
  • Miniseries
  • Judge Louise Parker, Trial: The Price of Passion (also known as Trial), NBC, 1992
  • 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 Artof 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 knownas 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 MenendezKillings), 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Further Reference


    • 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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