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Actress Jill Clayburgh, star of such classic films as 'An Unmarried Woman,' died Friday after a 21-year battle with chronic leukemia, the NY Times reports. She was 66.

According to the report, Clayburgh died at her home in Lakeville, Conn.

Clayburgh, who began her acting career in the '60s, was perhaps best known for her work in the 1978 film 'An Unmarried Woman,' in which she played a woman whose husband leaves her for another woman. The performance won raves from critics and earned Clayburgh her first of two Academy Award nominations.

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Her second Oscar nomination came just one year later, for the Alan J. Pakula film 'Starting Over.'

Other memorable performances include 'It's My Turn' and 'First Monday in October.' She also has a brief appearance in the upcoming romantic comedy 'Love and Other Drugs,' in which she plays Jake Gyllenhaal's mother.

Television fans will remember Clayburgh for her work on such shows as 'Ally McBeal,' 'Dirty Sexy Money' and her Emmy-nominated guest spot on 'Nip/Tuck.'

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