Karen Black

Actress / Screenwriter / Singer-songwriter / Composer / Television Actress / Stage Actress / Film Actress | * 07/01/1939 († 74, 08/08/2013) | Park Ridge, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various studio and independent films in the 1970s, frequently portraying eccentric and offbeat characters, and established herself as a figure of New Hollywood. Her career spanned over 50 years and includes nearly 200 credits in both independent and mainstream films. Black received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Golden Globe Awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A native of suburban Chicago, Black studied theater at Northwestern University before dropping out and relocating to New York City. She performed on Broadway in 1965 before making her major film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now (1966). Black relocated to California and was cast as an LSD-tripping sex worker in Dennis Hopper's road film Easy Rider (1969). That led to a lead in the drama Five Easy Pieces (1970), in which she played... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Horror

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Awards & Nominations for Karen Black

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
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Movies with Karen Black as Actress(158)

as Mrs. Tender2022 New York Crossing
as Herself (archive footage)2015 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
as Justine2014 Wild in Blue
as Karla2013 She Loves Me Not
as Mrs. Allardyce2013 Ooga Booga
as The Donna2012 Oowie Wanna
as Maria2012 Maria My Love
as Mrs. Melnick2012 Mommy's Little Monster
as Motel Woman2012 Dark Blood
as Sean's Colleague2011 Letters from the Big Man
as Ruth Boyd2011 Some Guy Who Kills People
as May2010 Nothing Special
as Sheila Shivvers2009 Irene in Time
as Annabelle2009 Double Duty
as Aunt de la Chasse2009 Repo Chick
as herself2009 Wamego: Ultimatum
2009 Stuck!
as Maxis2008 Contamination
as Storyteller2008 A Single Woman
as Mrs. Martin2008 Watercolors
as Renee2007 Ghost Writer
as Barbara2007 One Long Night
as Insp. Wilson2007 Dead Girls Don't Tango
as Luna2007 Hollywood Dreams
as herself2006 Wanderlust
as Mrs. Leider2006 Whitepaddy
as Molly2005 Nightmare Hostel
as Marianne Brown2005 America Brown
as Sandra / Eleanor2005 Firecracker
as Chantelle2003 Paris
as Mother Firefly2003 House of 1000 Corpses
as Mrs. Melnick2002 A Light in the Darkness
as Dirty Dick2002 Teknolust
as Aunt Nelly2002 Curse Of The Forty-Niner
as ("Los Vampirios Moronious" short)2002 Best of Tromadance Film Festival: Volume 1
as herself2001 Plotting 'Family Plot'
as Mrs. Springle2001 The Donor
as Bambi LeBleau2001 Gypsy 83
as Martha la Magnifica2001 Soulkeeper
as Aunt Summer2000 Red Dirt
as herself2000 The Independent
as Mrs. Mary Happ2000 Oliver Twisted
as Lady Byron / Mother Coer1999 Conceiving Ada
as Ma1999 Paradise Cove
as Aunt Eloise1999 Mascara
as High Priestess1998 Light Speed
as Courtney Whitmer1998 Invisible Dad
as Jessica Martin1998 Malaika
as Social Worker1998 Angel Blue
as Lucy Romano1998 Fallen Arches
as Jude1998 Charades
as The Mother1998 Bury the Evidence
as herself1997 Who Is Henry Jaglom?
as Dr. Gabrielle Kessler1997 Stir
as Alex1997 Men
as Millicent1996 Crimetime
as Rose Van Horn1996 Dogtown
as Rose Walsh1996 Cries of Silence
as Ro-Kell1995 Dinosaur Valley Girls
as Bertha1995 Starstruck
as Maria Vandermeer1993 The Trust
as Auntie Lee1992 Auntie Lee's Meat Pies
as Michelle1992 Tuesday Never Comes
as Mrs. Sorrel1992 Final Judgement
as herself1992 The Player
as Mrs. Elliot1992 The Double 0 Kid
as Barrett1991 The Killers Edge
as Rula1991 Rubin & Ed
as Karen Thompson1991 Children of the Night
as Blanche1991 Caged Fear
as Kim Martino1991 Quiet Fire
as Dr. Julia Harcourt1990 Haunting Fear
as Joan Caldwell1990 Fatal Encounter
as Sybil Lullmer1990 The Children
as Substitute Teacher1990 Zapped Again!
as Sally Rich1990 Club Fed
as Susan Gordon1990 Mirror Mirror
as Mrs. Trowbridge1990 Overexposed
as Mrs. Granger1990 Twisted Justice
as Rita1990 Night Angel
as Ella Purdy1990 Evil Spirits
as Belle1989 Homer and Eddie
as Ruth Wilson1988 Out of the Dark
as Zelma Putnam1988 Dixie Lanes
as Laura Lawrence1987 Hostage
as Sea Witch1987 The Little Mermaid
as Linda Magnusson1986 Invaders from Mars
as Karin1985 Cut and Run
as Janus1985 Eternal Evil
as Rachel1985 Savage Dawn
as Gladys Fitzpatrick1984 Bad Manners
as Amy1982 Miss Right
as Herself (uncredited)1982 The Last Horror Film
as Mary Turner1981 Killing Heat
as Valentine Colby1981 Separate Ways
as Emilienne d'Alençon1981 Chanel Solitaire
as Rose Vanda-Buchanan1980 Power
as Investigator Evelyn Carter1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop
as Helen1980 Where the Ladies Go
as Kate Neville1979 Killer Fish
as Paula Herbert1979 The Last Word
as Ernestina Crawford1979 Mr. Horn
as Clarisse Saunders1978 The Squeeze
as Miriam Oliver / Sandy1977 The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver
as Judy Drinkwater1977 Capricorn One
as Fran1976 Family Plot
as Susan Winters1976 Crime and Passion
as Marian Rolf1976 Burnt Offerings
as Faye Greener1975 The Day of the Locust
as Connie White1975 Nashville
as Julie / Millicent Larimore / Therese Larimore / Amelia1975 Trilogy of Terror
as Daisy1974 Rhinoceros
as Nancy Pryor1974 Airport 1975
as Myrtle Wilson1974 The Great Gatsby
as Gloria1974 Law and Disorder
as Bett Harrow1973 The Outfit
as Elizabeth Lucy1973 The Pyx
as Sue1972 Cisco Pike
as Mary Jane Reid1972 Portnoy's Complaint
as Parm1971 Born to Win
as Jenny Simms1971 A Gunfight
as Olive1971 Drive, He Said
as Rayette Dipesto1970 Five Easy Pieces
as Karen1969 Easy Rider
as Ellen1969 Hard Contract
as Amy Partlett1966 You're a Big Boy Now
as Betty1960 The Prime Time

TV Shows/Series with Karen Black as Actress(21)

Movies with Karen Black as Crew(4)

Writing/Screenplay2000 The Invention of Dr. Morel
Writing/Writer1998 Charades
Writing/Screenplay1997 Men
Sound/Music1975 Nashville

Full Name: Karen Black
Born: Saturday, 07/01 1939 (July) in Park Ridge, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Died: Thursday, 08/08 2013 (August) in Santa Monica (aged: 74)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Maine East High School, Northwestern University
Spouses (current/former): L. M. Kit Carson, Stephen Eckelberry
Children: Hunter Carson
Siblings: Gail Brown
Other names for Karen Black (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Karen Blanche Ziegler"
Karen Black frequently works together with these people:
Andy Samberg (29x, Actor)
Fred Armisen (25x, Actor)
Bill Hader (22x, Actor)
Kristen Wiig (18x, Actress)
Scott Shaw (17x, Crew)
Jason Sudeikis (16x, Actor)
Kenan Thompson (15x, Actor)
Donald G. Jackson (15x, Crew)
Will Forte (13x, Actor)
Henry Jaglom (13x, Crew)
Maya Rudolph (12x, Actress)
Dabney Coleman (9x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3475, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/14/2023