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Karen Black is a Actor, Scriptwriter, Producer and Sound American born on 1 july 1939 at Park Ridge (USA)

Karen Black

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Birth name Karen Ziegler
Nationality USA
Birth 1 july 1939 at Park Ridge (USA)
Death 8 august 2013 (at 74 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. A native of Illinois, Black studied acting in New York City and performed on Broadway before making her major film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now (1966).
She followed this with roles in Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), and The Great Gatsby (1974), the latter two of which she won Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress; her performance in Five Easy Pieces also garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1975, she appeared in Dan Curtis's cult horror films Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings; Robert Altman's Nashville, and The Day of the Locust, which earned her a third Golden Globe nomination. Other roles include Airport 1975 (1974), Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), and Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars (1986).

In the 1990s, Black starred in a variety of arthouse and horror films, as well as writing her own screenplays before appearing in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (2003), which cemented her status as a cult horror icon. Black continued to star in low-profile films throughout the early 2000s, as well as working as a playwright before being diagnosed with ampullary cancer in 2010. She died of the disease in Los Angeles, California, in August 2013. Black's career spanned over fifty years, and includes nearly two hundred film credits.


Black married four times:

Charles Black, married in 1960.
Robert Burton, an actor (who appeared alongside Black in Trilogy of Terror), married on April 18, 1973 and separated in October 1974.
L. M. Kit Carson, an actor/screenwriter, married on July 4, 1975 and separated in 1980. They had a son, actor Hunter Carson.
Stephen Eckelberry, from September 27, 1987. They adopted a daughter, Celine. The couple were active Scientologists.

Best films

Easy Rider (1969)
Airport 1975 (1974)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Nashville (1975)

Usually with

Scott Shaw
Scott Shaw
(4 films)
Henry Jaglom
Henry Jaglom
(4 films)
Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Karen Black (94 films)

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, 1h59
Directed by Alex Gibney
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Documentary films about religion
Actors Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Sherry Stringfield, Tom Cruise
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating79% 3.995953.995953.995953.995953.99595
Going Clear is based closely on Lawrence Wright's book, covering much of the same ground with the aid of archive footage, dramatic reconstructions, and interviews with eight former Scientologists: Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning director; Mark Rathbun, the church's former second-in-command; Mike Rinder, the former head of the church's Office of Special Affairs; the actor Jason Beghe; Sylvia 'Spanky' Taylor, former liaison to John Travolta; and former Scientologists Tom DeVocht, Sara Goldberg, and Hana Eltringham Whitfield.
Dark Blood
Dark Blood (2012)
, 1h26
Directed by George Sluizer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors River Phoenix, Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, John Trudell, George Aguilar
Roles Motel Woman
Rating62% 3.1472553.1472553.1472553.1472553.147255
The movie begins with Harry (Pryce), an up-and-coming actor, and his wife Buffy (Davis) on their "second honeymoon". After staying overnight at a motel, the owner (Black) informs Harry of previous nuclear testing taking place in the town. The following day, their Bentley car eventually breaks down, leading them to run out of water in the middle of the desert. Harry has the idea to stay put with their car rather than to look for help. While Harry sleeps in the back seat, Buffy notices a light in the distance and follows it, leading her to the front door of a barn belonging to a widower named Boy (Phoenix). After mentioning he is 1/8 Hopi native American, Boy reveals a cave filled with candles and voodoo dolls that he believes have magical powers, which he spends his time making Kachina dolls, waiting for the world to end.
Some Guy Who Kills People, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Actors Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ariel Gade, Eric Price
Roles Ruth Boyd
Rating62% 3.147483.147483.147483.147483.14748
Ken Boyd is released from a mental hospital and is given a chance at a new life working in an ice-cream parlour with his childhood friend Irv. Meanwhile several of the male residents responsible for torturing Ken are killed one by one, with all evidence pointing to Ken. To complicate things, Ken's 11-year-old daughter who he never knew suddenly turns up in his life hopeful of a reunion.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sharon Stone, John Boorman, Karen Black, Sandra Bullock
Roles Self
Rating77% 3.8616953.8616953.8616953.8616953.861695
This documentary traces the careers of cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. These lifelong friends are Hungarian expatriates who had been studying cinematography in Hungary and defected following the 1956 Soviet invasion. Coincidentally, they also photographed many of the tumultuous events during the invasion.
Repo Chick
Repo Chick (2009)
, 1h28
Directed by Alex Cox
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Miguel Sandoval, Chloe Webb, Xander Berkeley, Rosanna Arquette, Karen Black, Olivia Barash
Roles Aunt De La Chasse
Rating37% 1.870161.870161.870161.870161.87016
Pixxi De La Chasse is a spoiled, self-centered celebutante heiress of a wealthy Los Angeles family. After countless tabloid scandals, her parents disinherit her, and tell her she must find a real job in order to regain her part of the fortune. When her car is repossessed, a member of her entourage suggests she get a job as a repossessor, a booming industry among widespread credit collapse.
Double Duty
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Romance
Actors Tom Sizemore, Karen Black, Connie Stevens, Susan Duerden, Anthony De Longis, Ismael 'East' Carlo
Roles Annabelle
Rating34% 1.7044151.7044151.7044151.7044151.704415
After devoting her life to the Marine Corps as, Major M.J. "Mimi" Lagos (Mimi Lesseos) feels that something is missing. She wants to know what it's like to be a regular woman. She leaves the Corps and tries to start life again as a civilian, but she keeps being pulled back into to combat in one way or another, having to fight her way to save her friend Sophia (Susan Duerden) from being ripped off in an evil plot by Sophia's assistant (Alfonso Freeman). During her adventures, Mimi meets Craig (Tom Sizemore), a handsome man who is maybe just a little too in touch with his feminine side. Between the two of them, M.J. must learn to be more of a woman, and Craig must be more of a man.
A Single Woman, 1h37
Directed by Kamala Lopez
Origin USA
Genres Biography
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Jeanmarie Simpson, Judd Nelson, Patricia Arquette, Cassidy Lehrman, Karen Black, Peter Coyote
Roles Storyteller
Rating57% 2.8727052.8727052.8727052.8727052.872705
In A Single Woman, Jeanmarie Simpson portrays the character of Jeannette Rankin, beginning in 1972 and moving backwards in time to Rankin's childhood in 1880s Montana.
Watercolors, 1h54
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Tye Olson, Karen Black
Roles Mrs. Martin
Rating63% 3.1947953.1947953.1947953.1947953.194795
One never forgets his first love as we are reminded by the film opening sentence 'Love is so short and forgetting is so long' quotation from a poem by Pablo Neruda and as the poster of the movie reminds us: Only art can turn pain into beauty.
Hollywood Dreams, 1h40
Directed by Henry Jaglom
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, David Proval, Karen Black, Eric Roberts, Melissa Leo
Roles Luna
Rating46% 2.3303952.3303952.3303952.3303952.330395
Aspiring actress Margie Chizek (Frederick) seeks Hollywood stardom and finds rejection, romance, publicity and epiphanies along the way.
Ghost Writer
Directed by Alan Cumming
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Comedy horror films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors David Boreanaz, Alan Cumming, Anne Heche, Karen Black, Carrie Fisher, Henry Thomas
Roles Renee
Rating46% 2.3132652.3132652.3132652.3132652.313265
John, an eccentric music teacher, takes in Sebastian, a younger writer, ostensibly in an effort to help him, but is really attracted to him. When Sebastian starts dating a woman and it becomes serious, John starts a fight that ultimately results in Sebastian's accidental death. John then finds the manuscript of Sebastian's surprising, unpublished book and decides to publish it as his own.
Firecracker, 1h52
Directed by Steve Balderson
Genres Thriller
Actors Karen Black, Mike Patton, Susan Traylor, Kathleen Wilhoite, George McArthur, Selene Luna
Roles Sandra / Eleanor
Rating50% 2.5122552.5122552.5122552.5122552.512255
Firecracker is a tale of murder in small town Wamego, Kansas. The film portrays abuse, suffering, denial, and dreams of escape. Jimmy (Jak Kendall), meek, reclusive, and talented, is emotionally imprisoned by his abusive, alcoholic older brother David (Mike Patton) and fanatically religious mother Eleanor (Karen Black). At night Jimmy finds escape in a traveling sideshow carnival. Unlike its drab, depressing daytime reality, the carnival becomes a nightly glittering solitaire on the prairie, beckoning all around to its illusions and make-believe. With a guise of red satin and a heavenly voice, Sandra (also Karen Black), billed as an “oddity of nature,” is the carnival’s premier attraction. Yearning for a way out, Jimmy befriends Sandra, unaware that her imprisonment and degradation, at the hands of Frank (also Mike Patton), the carnival owner, mirrors his own. Sandra, taken by his innocence, finds her own inner strength and suppressed dreams. When David disappears, the metaphorical white-picket fences collapse, leaving raw emotions exposed.