CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

R.i.P. Jill Clayburgh

My first, best memory of Jill Clayburgh was when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 1976, the first season. She sang a rousing song in a sailor suit, while the screen listed people who were not as smart as Dolphins.

She starred in "Silver Streak" and was a great straight man to both Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, their first movie together.

However, "An Unmarried Woman" put her in a more serious light, she was nominated for an Oscar as the iconic modern 1970s woman. Here is a favorite moment;

At FLiFF 25, actor Michael Murphy talked about all the hate mail he received for being the sniveling husband who turned Clayburgh into "An Unmarried Woman."

On the red carpet at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, I asked Burt Reynolds which role he would like to revisit and he replied, "Starting Over," his costar was Jill Clayburgh, who was nominated for a second Oscar.

She has worked steadily since, mostly in character roles, but she was well liked and will be missed.
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