Paul Mazursky
An appreciation: Jill Clayburgh
An appreciation: Jill Clayburgh

There is a classic Jill Clayburgh scene in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman," the 1978 film the actress will be remembered for most in a career that kept her busy with work nearly until her death on Friday. She's walking down a crowded New York City sidewalk having just learned her husband is leaving her for someone half her age, the fresh wound visible only in those eyes, a soft cornflower blue gone stone cold.She stops to steady herself, throws up, shakes it off, then moves on. Clayburgh had a way of making moments like these so real she would break my heart. Her portrayal of the affluent, urban, urbane Erica would earn her an Oscar nomination.Women like that became, in a sense,...