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Jill Clayburgh (1944-2010)

  1. Diane Keaton, The Godfather, 1971.
  2. Kitty Winn,The Exorcist,1972.
  3. Marsha Mason, Blume In Love, 1973.   Her first screen test.
  4. Lois Smith, Next Stop Greenwich Village, 1976.   Her second - also for director Paul Mazursky. She won her third for his An Unmarried Woman.
  5. Sissy Spacek, Carrie, 1976.    There would be  other Carries later on stage and screen (and almost a TV series) but none had the Spacek magic. Stephen King’s kinetic heroine was 16 and yet the candidates ranged from Linda Blair avoiding any more Exorcists at 17, Melanie Griffith (Tippi Hedren’s daughter and De Palma’s 1984 Body Double) and Theresa Russell, both 19 -  to Glenn Close, 29, and Farrah Fawcett and Jill Clayburgh…  at 32!  Betsy Slade was director Brian De Palma’s earliest choice, then her 1973 Our Time co-star Pamela Sue Martin, then Amy Irving (who wed his pal, Steven Spielberg).  Sondra Locke’s agent told her to pass. Also seen: Catherine Hicks, Anjelica Huston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Jessica Lange, Kay Lenz, ex-MGM kid actor Terri Nunn, Bernadette Peters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, PJ Soles, the unknown Meryl Streep (!), Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Dianne Wiest (future Oscar-winner for two of her five Woody Allen films), Cindy Williams, Debra Winger. Sissy knew director DePalma (hubby Jack Fisk was his art director), she was seriously pissed that she’d only been offered Sue or Chris and not The Role.  Fisk persuaded him to test her and she blew the opposition away. Sissy was 25. Yet, absolutely perfect! Fledgling film-makers De Palma and George Lucas held joint  auditions for Carrie and for Princess Leia, Lucas chose another Carrie…
  6. Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, 1976.
  7. Romy Schneider, La mort en direct (UK/US: Death Watch), France-West Germany-UK, 1979.   Lyons realisateur Bertrand Tavernier unwisely  insisted on Romy and Harvey Keitel, while the US producers wanted American names: Clayburgh, Jane Fonda or Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro or Richard Gere.
  8. Sally Field, Norma Rae, 1979.    What do they know? Clayburgh, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason spurned director Martin Ritt and had to watch the delightful Sally win Best Actress at Cannes andOscar night! No wonder she made two more Marty movies: Back Road,1980, and Murphy’s Romance, 1984. Plus, he didn’t hit on her like Bob Rafaelson did during Stay Hungry, in 1975.
  9. Barbara Hershey, The Entity, 1980.      Clayburgh, Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Bette Midler (!) were listed for poor Clara, pursued by the titular being. Two years previously, Clayburgh and Fonda lost Norma Rae to Field - her finest hour.
  10. Blair Brown, Continental Divide, 1981.   Universal dallied with reuniting Jill and Robert De Niro from Wedding Party, 1966. Spielberg produced it with John Belushi and Brown. Flop!





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