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Name: Jill Clayburgh                                                                   
Born: 30 April 1944 New York City                                                       
Jill Clayburgh (born April 30, 1944) is a twice Academy Award-nominated American       
actress of stage, motion pictures, and television.                                     
Clayburgh was born in New York City to Julia (née Dorr), a theatrical production       
secretary for David Merrick, and Albert Henry "Bill" Clayburgh, a manufacturing         
executive. Clayburgh's family was Jewish and upper class; she was                       
raised in a "fashionable" neighborhood in Manhattan's Upper East Side. She             
attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an             
Clayburgh has been married to screenwriter and playwright David Rabe since 1979.       
They have one son and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe.                                 
Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She appeared in       
numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s, including The Rothschilds and Pippin.       
Clayburg made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not             
released until six years later. She was nominated for the Academy Award as Best         
Actress for 1978's An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the "Best Actress Award"       
at the Cannes Film Festival, and for 1979's Starting Over. She also received           
strong notices for her performance in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (which co-starred   
Geraldine Page).                                                                       
Her other films include Portnoy's Complaint, Gable and Lombard (in which she           
portrayed screen legend Carole Lombard), Silver Streak, Semi-Tough, It's My Turn       
(in which she proves the snake lemma) , First Monday in October and La Luna, a         
controversial role in Bertolucci's critically panned film. This includes a scene       
in which her character masturbates her son in an attempt to help his heroin             
addiction. Television audiences know her from numerous roles in series and             
movies including The Practice and as Ally McBeal's mother. She received Emmy           
Award nominations for her work in the made-for-television movie Hustling in 1975       
and for her guest appearance in the television series Nip/Tuck in 2005.                 
In 2006, she appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park with             
Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet; she played Peet's mother, a role originated by         
the late Mildred Natwick. She also returned to the screen as a therapist's             
eccentric wife in the all-star ensemble dramedy Running With Scissors, an               
autobiographical tale of teenage angst and dysfunction based on the book by             
Augusten Burroughs and co-starring Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes,           
Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her next role will be as Pat       
Nixon in the film Dirty Tricks, directed by Running With Scissors director Ryan         
Murphy. As of 2007, Clayburgh is one of the stars of the ABC television series         
Dirty Sexy Money, playing Leticia Darling.