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Jill Clayburgh

Highest Rated:   90% Bridesmaids (2011)
Lowest Rated:   25% Whispers in the Dark (1992)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
American actress Jill Clayburgh was fortunate enough to find work in her field of endeavor directly after graduation from Sarah Lawrence University. She acted with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Charles Playhouse in Boston, and, with such future film luminaries as Al Pacino she appeared in several off-Broadway productions A tentative stab at film acting in The Wedding Party, filmed at Sarah Lawrence in 1963 but released in 1969, might have been forgotten save for its roster of celebrities-to-be: Jill Clayburgh, Robert DeNiro and director Brian De Palma. Otherwise, Clayburgh's "official" stepping stones into stardom would include her continuing role on the TV daytime drama Search for Tomorrow and her Broadway appearances in such successes as The Rothschilds and Pippin. The actress' earliest mainstream films-- Portnoy's Complaint (1972) and The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1974)--were not exactly vehicles for her talent. It would take her vivid performance as a battered prostitute on the 1974 TV-movie Hustling to make audiences aware of her extraordinary talents. Unfortunately, her turn as Carole Lombard in the unsuccessful 1976 Gable and Lombard set her back a few steps. It helped to be in the box-office winner Silver Streak (1977), though the actress wasn't served well playing second fiddle to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; she was given a better chance to shine opposite Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson in Semi-Tough (1977). In 1978 came the turn-around: An Unmarried Woman, in which Clayburgh's richly textured performance as a thirtyish divorcee trying to make sense of her disoriented life should have won her an Academy Award. It didn't, but Clayburgh was now firmly an "A"-list actress. Bucking the usual trend, she decided not to complacently go the "moneymaking vehicle" route but risked her success to stretch her talent in such films as director Bernardo Bertolucci's Luna (1979) and Costa-Gavras' Hannah K (1983). As expected, these non-blockbuster appearances put her career in the doldrums, compelling her to toil for her paycheck in such indifferent films as the 1986 thriller Where are the Children?. But Clayburgh wass one of those rare American film stars to whom the work itself is more important than the fame.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Bridesmaids
  • Annie's Mom
2011
49% Love and Other Drugs
  • Nancy Randall
2010
31% Running With Scissors
  • Agnes Finch
2006
31% Never Again
  • Grace
2002
No Score Yet My Little Assassin
  • Alice Lorenz
1999
No Score Yet Crowned and Dangerous
  • Kathy
1997
71% Going All the Way
  • Alma Burns
1997
No Score Yet When Innocence Is Lost
  • Susan French
1997
33% Fools Rush In
  • Nan
1997
No Score Yet Sins of the Mind
  • Eve Widener
1997
No Score Yet The Face on the Milk Carton
  • Miranda Jessmon
1995
No Score Yet For the Love of Nancy
  • Sally Walsh
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Shirley
1994
No Score Yet Honor Thy Father and Mother - The True Story of the Menendez Murders
  • Kitty Menendez
1994
No Score Yet Honor Thy Father & Mother: The Menendez Killings
  • Actor
1994
67% Rich in Love
  • Helen Odom
1993
No Score Yet Firestorm - 72 Hours in Oakland
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Day of Atonement
  • Actor
1993
25% Whispers in the Dark
  • Sarah Green
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Emilie Todd Helm
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • Emilie Todd Helm
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • Emilie Todd Helm
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • Emilie Todd Helm
1992
No Score Yet Unspeakable Acts
  • Actor
1990
67% Shy People
  • Diana Sullivan
1987
No Score Yet Where Are the Children?
  • Nancy Eldridge
1986
No Score Yet Miles to Go
  • Moira
1984
No Score Yet In Our Hands
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Hanna K.
  • Hannah Kaufman
1983
No Score Yet I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
  • Barbara Gordon
1982
No Score Yet First Monday in October
  • Ruth Loomis
1981
No Score Yet It's My Turn
  • Kate Gunzinger
1980
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Marilyn Holmberg
1979
50% La Luna
  • Caterina Silveri
1979
89% An Unmarried Woman
  • Erica
1978
88% Semi-Tough
  • Barbara Jane Bookman
1977
88% Silver Streak
  • Hilly Burns
1976
No Score Yet Gable and Lombard
  • Carole Lombard
1976
No Score Yet Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story
  • ''Sarah Phoenix''
1976
No Score Yet The Art of Crime
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Hustling
  • Wanda
1975
58% The Terminal Man
  • Angela Black
1974
No Score Yet The Thief Who Came to Dinner
  • Jackie
1973
No Score Yet Portnoy's Complaint
  • Naomi
1972
No Score Yet The Telephone Book
  • Eyemask
1971
No Score Yet The Wedding Party
  • Josephine
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Jeannie Jeannie McBeal
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Sheila Atkins
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Bobbi Broderick
  • Guest

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