'Ally McBeal' and 'Dirty Sexy Money' actress, Jill Clayburgh, dies at 66

We knew her as the strong matriarch of a family of carpetbaggers in ABC's short-lived "Dirty Sexy Money," but her screen roles go back to the first female characters born of the feminist era in film.

Jill Clayburgh passed away at her Lakeville, Conn. home Friday (Nov. 5) at the age of 66, her husband, playwright David Rabe, tells The New York Times. 

Clayburgh passed from chronic leukemia, which she had been struggling with for 21 years.

She burst onto the acting scene on Broadway in 1966 alongside Jack Klugman in "The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson" and went on to do several more productions including "Pippin" in 1972. She last appeared on the Broadway stage in 2006's "Barefoot in the Park" alongside Tony Roberts and Amanda Peet.

Clayburgh's film career includes Oscar-nominated performances in 1978's "An Unmarried Woman," "Starting Over" in 1979 and her turn opposite Walter Matthau in 1981's "First Monday in October."