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Karen Black –

About Karen Black (1939 – 2013)
black-photo Born Karen Blanche Ziegler on July 1, 1939, Karen began her professional acting career after graduating from Northwestern University. Her Mother, Elsie, was a writer of several prize-winning children's novels, and her father, Norman A. Ziegler. Her paternal grandfather was Arthur Ziegler, a classical musician and the first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Black died on August 8, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Karen had her film debut in 1959 with a small role in The Prime Time. She made her Broadway debut in 1965's The Playroom, for which she was nominated for a Drama Circle Critic Award for Best Actress.

Karen received her greatest notoriety in Easy Rider (1969).

Some of her most prominent performances can be found in such films as Jack Nicholson's directorial debut Drive He Said (1971), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Day of the Locust (1975), and Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), where she got to display her singing ability. In 1975, she also played four roles in the chilling television thriller Trilogy of Terror.

In March 2005, Karen Black received the Best Actress Award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, for her work in the critically-acclaimed Steve Balderson film, Firecracker (2005), in which she plays two roles, Sandra and Eleanor. She also played two different roles in one of the three stories comprising the 1975 cult classic Trilogy of Terror. In April 2009, Karen reunited with director Steve Balderson for Stuck! Karen also stars in the John Landis-produced 2010 thriller Some Guy Who Kills People.

Throughout her career, Black has over 100 film performances to her credit, including her role as a kidnapping accomplice in the final film Alfred Hitchcock directed, Family Plot (1976), and her turn as Rayette Dipesto in Five Easy Pieces (1970), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Karen Black's notable movie credits include...

Capricorn One (1977)
invaders from mars (1986)
you're a big boy now (1966)
easy rider (1969)
five easy pieces (1970)
drive he said (1971)
born to win (1971)
portnoy's complaint (1972)
the outfit (1973)
the great Gatsby (1974)
airport 75 (1974)
law and disorder (1974)
the day of the locust (1975)
Nashville (1975)
family plot (1976)
burnt offerings (1976)
killer fish (1979)
in praise of older women (1978)
separate ways (1981)
chanel solitaire (1981)
growing pains (1984)
savage dawn (1985)
haunting fear (1990)
return of the roller blade seven (1992)
final judgement (1992)
legend of the roller blade seven (1992)
dead girls don't tango (1992)
bound and gagged: a love story (1993)
caged fear (1992)
auntie lee's meat pies (1992)
Tuesday never comes (1993)
the trust (1993)
dark blood (1993)
plan 10 from outer space (1995)
too bad about jack (1994)
the wacky adventures of dr. boris and nurse shirley(1995)
starstruck (1995)
dinosaur valley girls (1996)
movies money murder (1996)
every minute is goodbye (1996)
crimetime (1996)
dogtown (1996)
modern rhapsody (1997)
malaika (1998)
conceiving ada (1997)
Men (1997)
Waiting For Dr. Macguffin (1998)
Fallen Arches (1998)
Light Speed (1998)
Stripping For Jesus (1998)
I Woke Up Early The Day I Died (1998)
Sugar: The Fall Of The West (1998)
Stir (1997)
Bury The Evidence (1998)
Charades (1998)
Paradise Cove (1999)
Mascara (1999)
The Underground Comedy Movie (1999)
Oliver Twisted (2000)
Inviati Speciali (2000)
The Donor (2001)
Red Dirt (2000)
Gypsy 83 (2001)
Hard Luck (2001)
Soulkeeper (2001)
Teknolust (2002)
Buttleman (2003)
A Light In The Darkness (2002)
House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Paris (2003)
Summer Solstice (2003)
Curse Of The Forty-Niner (2002)
American Brown (2004)
Birth Of Industry (2004)
Firecracker (2004)
Dr. Rage (2005)
Whitepaddy (2006)
Hollywood Dreams (2006)
Read You Like A Book (2006)
Suffering Man's Charity (2007)
One Long Night (2007)
Contamination (2008)
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008)

Karen Black's television credits include...

Tales of the City


Karen Black in Easy Rider.


Karen Black in Family Plot.



Karen Black in Burnt Offerings (1976).





Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces (1970).


Karen Black in Dogtown.