The late actress's daughter skips several shows during her mother's illness

By Rennie Dyball
Updated November 06, 2010 09:00 AM
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The show must go on but without one of its stars for now.

Lily Rabe, the daughter of late actress Jill Clayburgh who passed away Friday, had missed two performances of her Broadway show A Merchant of Venice to be by the side of her mother. The show’s opening day was postponed, and Rabe’s understudy took over her role temporarily.

When Rabe does return, she’ll have a castmate to lean on who knew her mother well: Al Pacino.

The legendary actor had a five-year relationship with Rabe’s mother, and the two remained friends after that. “Thank God we broke up!” Clayburgh once joked. “We were all wrong for each other.”

Shakespeare’s A Merchant of Venice was first presented this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park before it made the move to Broadway. The show’s official opening date is Nov. 13.