Lily Rabe Cancels Broadway Performance to Grieve Mother Jill Clayburgh

In the wake of her mother’s death on Friday, Lily Kabe cancels her Broadway performance to grieve her mother, Jill Clayburgh.

Jill Clayburgh and Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe has taken a leave of absence from her performances in Shakespere’s A Merchant of Venice to mourn the death of her mother, Jill Clayburgh who died on Friday, November 5, after a 21-year struggle with leukemia.

Lily Rabe is the daughter of Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe. Clayburgh died at her home in Connecticut. She was 66-years-old.

The show’s opening day has been postponed and Rabe’s understudy will fill in for her until she returns. She is appearing in A Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, who was her mother’s lover for 5-years before she married Kabe in 1978. Clayburgh and Pacino remained friends after they broke-up.

A new opening date for the show will be announced next week.

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