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Karen Black ACTOR


Karen Black was born on July 1st, 1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois with the birth name Karen Blanche Ziegler, born to parents, Elsie Mary who was an author for a number of children's books and Norman Arthur Ziegler.
After completing high school she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for two years before deciding to relocate to New York and pursue a career as a stage actress.  She studied under Lee Strasberg.
She began with working in a number of off Broadway stage productions and it did not take too long before she was appearing in a number of films such as, "The Prime Time" (1959) but then for the next six years she focused only on stage roles. 
Later in her career more significant film roles followed such as, "You're a Big Boy Now" (1966) starring Geraldine Page, Julie Harris, Rip Torn and Elizabeth Hartman, "The Second Hundred Years" (1967), "Easy Rider" (1969) as a prostitute taking LSD starring alongside Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda, "Five Easy Pieces" (1970) with Jack Nicholson, "A Gunfight" (1971) featuring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash, "Airport 1975" (1974) starring with Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Guy Stockwell, Dana Andrews, id Caesar, Martha Scott, Norman Fell, Ed Nelson, Myrna Loy, Helen Reddy, Roy Thinnes, Beverly Garland, Efram Zimbalist Jr. and Susan Clark, "The Great Gatsby" (1974) co-starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Howard Da Silva, Bruce Dern, Edward Herrmann, Lois Chiles and Scott Wilson, "The Day of the Locust" (1975) with William Atherton and Donald Sutherland, "Nashville" (1975) appearing with an all-star ensemble cast, "Family Plot" (1976) directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock and starring with Barbara Harris, William Devane, Bruce Dern and Ed Lauter and "Burnt Offerings" (1976) co-starring Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis and Oliver Reed.
Karen worked on a couple more films but none received much success until she appeared in, "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982) along with Cher Sarkisian, Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, Mark Patton and Sudie Bond, which earned great reviews.  Some of her latest film roles have been in, "Stuck!" (2009) and "Some Guy Who Kills People" (2010).
Her career consisted of note only being a working actress but she also worked as a screenwriter, singer and songwriter.  Throughout her career as an actress she has so far won two Golden Globe Awards and also earned an Academy Award nomination. 
She has married four times.  Her first husband was Charles Black from 1955 through 1962.  Karen then married, Robert Burton in 1973 but only for one year before this marriage also ended in a divorce.  Her third time to marry was to, screenwriter, L.M. Kit Carson in 1975 and they had one son, actor, Hunter Carson, sadly this marriage did not last either.  She finally married Stephen Eckelberry in 1987 and they have one adopted daughter, Celine and remain married today.   
Karen Black and her husband Eckelberry are active in the Church of Scientology.  She continued to work in the industry and her two latest film roles released were in, "Heated Rivalry" and "Periphery" (both 2011).

A prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies Karen Black passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 74 on August 7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, she will be missed.


2011 Periphery 
2011 Heated Rivalry
2011 The Ganzfeld Experiment
2011 Vacationland 
2012 In the Woods 
2011 Letters from the Big Man
2011 Some Guy Who Kills People
2011 Maria My Love
2010 Funny or Die Presents...
2010 Better People
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 
2010 Nothing Special
2009 Double Duty 
2009 Stuck! 
2009 Repo Chick
2009 Irene in Time
2009 First Time Long Time 
2008 A Single Woman
2008 The Blue Tooth Virgin 
2008 Watercolors
2008 Contamination
2007 Greater Than a Tiger
2007 One Long Night 
2007 Suffering Man's Charity
2006 Read You Like a Book
2006 Hollywood Dreams 
2006 Whitepaddy 
2005 Firecracker
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula 
2005 Crazy for Love
2005 Carma 
2005 Love Wine 
2005 Dr. Rage 
2004 Birth of Industry
2004 America Brown 
2003 Summer Solstice 
2003 Paris 
2003 House of 1000 Corpses 
2003 Russians in the City of Angels
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2003 Buttleman
2002 Curse of the Forty-Niner
2002 A Light in the Darkness
2002 Teknolust 
2001 Soulkeeper
2001 Hard Luck 
2001 Gypsy 83
2001 The Donor
2000 Red Dirt
2000 Oliver Twisted
2000 Inviati speciali 
1999 Rude Awakening 
1999 Mascara
1999 Paradise Cove
1999 The Underground Comedy Movie
1998 Charades 
1998 Party of Five
1998 Malaika
1998 Bury the Evidence
1998 My Neighbor's Daughter
1998 Sugar: The Fall of the West
1998 Profiler 
1998 Invisible Dad
1998 Stripping for Jesus
1998 Fallen Arches
1998 Light Speed 
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
1998 Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin
1997 Modern Rhapsody 
1997 Conceiving Ada
1997 The Hunger
1997 Men
1996 New York Crossin
1996 Dogtown 
1996 Crimetime
1996 Sister Island
1996 Children of the Corn: The Gathering 
1996 Dinosaur Valley Girls 
1996 Every Minute Is Goodbye 
1996 Movies Money Murder
1995 The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley
1995 Plan 10 from Outer Space
1995 Starstruck
1994 Too Bad About Jack
1993 Bound and Gagged: A Love Story 
1993 In the Heat of the Night
1993 Dark Blood
1993 Tuesday Never Comes
1993 The Trust 
1993 Moon Over Miami
1992 Auntie Lee's Meat Pies
1992 Final Judgement
1992 Caged Fear
1992 Legend of the Roller Blade Seven 
1992 Judgement 
1992 Dead Girls Don't Tango
1992 Return of the Roller Blade Seven
1992 The Double 0 Kid
1991 Quietfire 
1991 Children of the Night 
1991 Rubin and Ed 
1991 The Killers Edge
1991 Haunting Fear 
1991 ABC Weekend Specials
1991 The Roller Blade Seven
1990 Club Fed
1990 The Children 
1990 Mirror Mirror
1990 Night Angel
1990 Zapped Again! 
1990 Twisted Justice
1990 Overexposed 
1990 Fatal Encounter
1990 Evil Spirits 
1989 Homer and Eddie 
1989 Miami Vice
1989 Out of the Dark
1988 Dixie Lanes 
1988 The Invisible Kid
1988 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway 
1988 Platinum Blonde
1987 Hostage 
1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 
1985-1987 Faerie Tale Theatre 
1987 Worlds Beyond 
1986 Invaders from Mars
1986 Murder, She Wrote 
1986 Flight of the Spruce Goose
1985 Savage Dawn
1985 Cut and Run
1985 The Hitchhiker
1985 Martin's Day 
1984-1985 E/R
1985 The Blue Man
1984 Growing Pains
1984 A Stroke of Genius 
1983 Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? 
1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
1982 The Last Horror Film 
1982 Miss Right 
1981 Chanel Solitaire 
1981 Killing Heat 
1981 Separate Ways
1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop
1980 Where the Ladies Go
1980 Power
1979 Killer Fish 
1979 The Last Word 
1979 Mr. Horn 
1978 Because He's My Friend 
1978 The Squeeze 
1978 In Praise of Older Women 
1978 Capricorn One 
1977 The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver 
1976 Burnt Offerings 
1976 Family Plot
1976 Crime and Passion
1975 Nashville 
1975 The Day of the Locust
1975 Trilogy of Terror 
1974 Airport 1975 
1974 Law and Disorder
1974 The Great Gatsby
1974 Rhinoceros
1973 The Outfit
1973 The Pyx 
1973 Little Laura and Big John
1972 Circle of Fear 
1972 Portnoy's Complaint
1972 Cisco Pike
1971 Born to Win
1971 A Gunfight 
1971 Drive, He Said 
1970 Five Easy Pieces 
1970 Hastings Corner 
1970 Freedom
1969 The Name of the Game 
1969 Easy Rider 
1969 Hard Contract 
1968 Adam-12 
1968 Judd for the Defense 
1968 Mannix
1967 Iron Horse 
1967 The Invaders
1967 The Second Hundred Years 
1967 The Big Valley 
1967 Run for Your Life 
1967 The F.B.I.
1966 You're a Big Boy Now 
1959 The Prime Time

Matinee Classics - A Gunfight starring Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash, Jane Alexander and Karen Black
Matinee Classics - Born to Win starring Robert de Niro, George Segal, Karen Black, Hector Elizondo and Paula Prentiss
Matinee Classics - The Day of the Locust starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Geraldine Page, Richard A. Dysart, Bo Hopkins, Pepe Serna, Lelia Goldoni, Billy Barty, Jackie Earle Haley, Gloria LeRoy, Jane Hoffman, Norman Leavitt and Madge Kennedy

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