Jill Clayburgh, the OSCAR nominated Hollywood actress, died at her home in Lakesville Connecticut on Friday (5th November 2010) after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, however many of her co-stars didn't even know she was sick, reports the Associated Press.
Clayburgh, who passed away aged 66, was perhaps most famous for her iconic performance in the 1978 movie 'An Unmarried Woman', in which she portrayed a divorcee helping her mother through her own marriage breakdown. The actress continued to work despite her illness, and in one of her final roles played the mother of Jake Gyllenhaal's character in the romantic comedy 'Love and Other Drugs'. However, the 29-year-old actor said that he and director Edward Zwick had 'no idea' that the actress was battling the disease. Gyllenhaal was promoting the movie in New York on Sunday and he spoke about how Clayburgh had 'lived life to its fullest' and had left an 'indelible impression' on him'.
The actress was also nominated for Golden Globe Awards for her 1979 films 'La Luna' and 'Starting Over'. She is survived by her husband, two children, and stepson.