Karen Black – Actress

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Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her appearances in such films as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Airport 1975 (1974, ironically), The Day of the Locust and Nashville (both 1975), Alfred Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot (1976), and Capricorn One (1978). Though always reliable, these performances did not lead her to the glitz and reward of many A-list actors, leaving her to appear in fun but lower-budget fare, including many horror films, such as The Pyx (1973); Trilogy of Terror(1975) and Invaders from Mars (1986).

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Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Chicago (the same area Harrison Ford grew up), her mother a celebrated children’s author, her father a business man, Black’s family name derives from her Czech, German and Norwegian ancestry. Her sister is the actor and special effects…

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