Karen Black

Karen Black
1939 - 2013

Karen Black  American Actress


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 deb...

Confirmed Relationships4
Longest Relationship30 yrs, 7 mths
Average Relationship Length10 yrs, 5 mths
Rumored Relationships1
First Name Karen
Middle Name Blanche
Last Name Black
Maiden Name Ziegler
Full Name at Birth Karen Blanche Ziegler
Age 74 (age at death) years
Birthday 1st July, 1939
Birthplace Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
Died 8th August, 2013
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death Cancer
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Build Average
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Sexuality Straight
Religion Scientology
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University Northwestern University (attended)
Occupation Text Actress, screenwriter, singer, songwriter
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Trilogy of Terror, Five Easy Pieces
Year(s) Active 1959–2013, 1960–2013
Official Websites karenblackactress.blogspot.com/, www.imdb.com/name/nm0000947/, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Real-Karen-Black/102628098008
Father Norman A. Ziegler
Mother Elsie (née Reif)
Sister Gail Brown (actress)
Family Member Arthur Ziegler (paternal grandfather) (a classical musician and the first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
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Karen Black74 CancerActress
Stephen Eckelberry-Film Director
L.M. Kit Carson73Screenwriter
Robert Burton69 ScorpioActor
Charles Black (ex Husband)-
Peter Kastner64 LibraActor


Hunter Minor Norman
Male26th December, 197540 years old
Female198729 years old

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Bottomless Pit2015 Narration Movie
Wild in Blue2014 Justine Movie
A Walk Into a Split Mind2014 Movie
She Loves Me Not2013 Karla Movie
Ooga Booga2013 Mrs. Allardyce Movie
Dark Blood2012 Motel Woman Movie
Warnings from the Bathtub2012 Mother Movie
Window Dressing2012 Beth Movie
Mommy's Little Monster2012 Mrs. Melnick Movie
Some Guy Who Kills People2011 Ruth Boyd Movie
Maria My Love2011 Maria Movie
Letters from the Big Man2011 Sean's Colleague Movie
OowieWanna2011 The Donna Movie
Vacationland2011 Louise Bergen Movie
Funny or Die Presents...2010 Debbie Rubbie TV Show
Nothing Special2010 May Movie
Better People2010 Marci TV Movie
Irene in Time2009 Sheila Shivvers Movie
Double Duty2009 Annabelle Movie
Repo Chick2009 Aunt de la Chasse Movie
First Time Long Time2009 Dr. Shneidel Short Film
Stuck!2009 Next Door Neighbor Lady Movie
Meet the Eye2009 Short Film
A Single Woman2008 Storyteller Movie
Watercolors2008 Mrs. Martin Movie
Contamination2008 Mavis Movie
The Blue Tooth Virgin2008 Zena Movie
One Long Night2007 Barbara Movie
Suffering Man's Charity2007 Renee Movie
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!2007 Jennifer TV Show
Greater Than a Tiger2007 Paige Short Film
Hollywood Dreams2006 Luna Movie
Read You Like a Book2006 Kate Movie
Whitepaddy2006 Mrs. Leider Movie
Crazy for Love2005 Grace's Mom Movie
Dr. Rage2005 Molly Movie
Firecracker2005 Sandra, Eleanor Movie
Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula2005 Agrippina Short Film
Carma2005 Kate Burns (voice) Movie
Love Wine2005 Aunt Anita TV Movie
America Brown2004 Marianne Brown Movie
Birth of Industry2004 Sara Movie
Buttleman2003 Mrs. Buttleman Movie
House of 1000 Corpses2003 Mother Firefly Movie
Paris2003 Chantelle Movie
Summer Solstice2003 Dr. Sally McDermott Movie
Russians in the City of Angels2003 Patricia Sommers TV Show
The Work of Director Chris Cunningham2003 Dancer (segment "Windowlicker") Short Film
Curse of the Forty-Niner2002 Aunt Nelly Movie
Teknolust2002 Dirty Dick Movie
A Light in the Darkness2002 Mrs. Melnick Movie
Gypsy 832001 Bambi LeBleau Movie
Hard Luck2001 Aunt Judy Movie
Soulkeeper2001 Magnificent Martha Movie
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001 Vera Morgan TV Show
Red Dirt2000 Aunt Summer Movie
The Donor2000 Mrs. Springle Movie
Oliver Twisted2000 Mrs. Mary Happ Movie
Inviati speciali2000 Movie
Mascara1999 Aunt Eloise Movie
Paradise Cove1999 Ma Movie
The Underground Comedy Movie1999 Mother Movie
Charades1998 Jude Movie
Fallen Arches1998 Lucy Romano Movie
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998 Whip Lady Movie
Light Speed1998 Movie
Sugar: The Fall of the West1998 Movie
My Neighbor's Daughter1998 Social Worker TV Movie
Rude Awakening1998 Crystal Garcia TV Show
Bury the Evidence1998 The Mother Movie
Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin1998 Dental Assistant Short Film
Stripping for Jesus1998 Short Film
Malaika1998 Jessica Martin Movie
Conceiving Ada1997 Lady Byron, Mother Coer Movie
Men1997 Alex Movie
Stir1997 Dr. Gabrielle Kessler Movie
The Hunger1997 Miss Gati TV Show
Modern Rhapsody1997 Movie
Crimetime1996 Millicent Movie
Dinosaur Valley Girls1996 Ro-Kell Movie
Dogtown1996 Rose Van Horn Movie
Every Minute Is Goodbye1996 Schubert Movie
Sister Island1996 Rose Walsh Movie
New York Crossing1996 Mrs. Tender TV Movie
Profiler1996 Evie Long TV Show
Movies Money Murder1996 Bettie Movie
Plan 10 from Outer Space1995 Nehor Movie
Starstruck1995 Bertha Movie
The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley1995 Evelyn Movie
Party of Five1994 Doreen Jablonsky TV Show
Too Bad About Jack1994 Movie
Moon Over Miami1993 Lorraine Pitzer TV Show
The Trust1993 Maria Vandermeer Movie
Tuesday Never Comes1993 Michelle Movie
Auntie Lee's Meat Pies1992 Auntie Lee Movie
Bound and Gagged: A Love Story1992 Carla Movie
Final Judgement1992 Mrs. Sorrel Movie
Dead Girls Don't Tango1992 Insp. Wilson Movie
Legend of the Roller Blade Seven1992 Tarot Movie
Return of the Roller Blade Seven1992 Tarot Movie
Children of the Night1991 Karen Thompson Movie
Caged Fear1991 Blanche Movie
Rubin and Ed1991 Rula Movie
The Roller Blade Seven1991 Tarot Movie
Club Fed1990 Sally Rich Movie
Evil Spirits1990 Ella Purdy Movie
Haunting Fear1990 Dr. Julia Harcourt Movie
Mirror Mirror1990 Susan Gordon Movie
Night Angel1990 Rita Movie
The Children1990 Sybil Lullmer Movie
Twisted Justice1990 Mrs. Granger Movie
Overexposed1990 Mrs. Trowbridge Movie
Fatal Encounter1990 Movie
Homer and Eddie1989 Belle Movie
Judgement1989 Tiffany Powers Movie
Out of the Dark1989 Ruth Wilson Movie
The Invisible Kid1988 Mom, Deborah Movie
The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway1988 Martha Gelhorn Movie
In the Heat of the Night1988 Carla Ray TV Show
Dixie Lanes1988 Zelma Putnam Movie
Platinum Blonde1988 Short Film
Hostage1987 Laura Lawrence Movie
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive1987 Ellen Jarvis Movie
Flight of the Spruce Goose1986 Gloria Movie
Invaders from Mars1986 Linda Magnusson Movie
Worlds Beyond1986 Lee Jeffreys TV Show
Raw Terror1986 Movie
Cut and Run1985 Karin Movie
Savage Dawn1985 Rachel Movie
The Blue Man1985 Janus Movie
Growing Pains1984 Gladys Fitzpatrick Movie
Martin's Day1984 Karen Movie
E/R1984 Sheila Sheinfeld TV Show
Miami Vice1984 Helen Jackson TV Show
Murder, She Wrote1984 Dr. Sylvia Dunn TV Show
A Stroke of Genius1984 Movie
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?1983 Zee Movie
The Hitchhiker1983 Kay Mason TV Show
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean1982 Joanne Movie
Miss Right1982 Amy Movie
The Last Horror Film1982 Karen Black Movie
Faerie Tale Theatre1982 Sea Witch TV Show
Chanel Solitaire1981 Emilienne d'Alençon Movie
Killing Heat1981 Mary Turner Movie
Separate Ways1981 Valentine Colby Movie
The Last Word1980 Paula Herbert Movie
Power1980 Rose Vanda-Buchanan TV Movie
Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop1980 Investigator Evelyn Carter TV Movie
Where the Ladies Go1980 Helen TV Movie
Killer Fish1979 Kate Movie
Mr. Horn1979 Ernestina Crawford TV Movie
Capricorn One1978 Judy Drinkwater Movie
In Praise of Older Women1978 Maya Movie
The Squeeze1978 Clarisse Saunders Movie
Because He's My Friend1978 Anne TV Movie
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver1977 Miriam Oliver TV Movie
ABC Weekend Specials1977 Miss Kuchenbacker TV Show
Burnt Offerings1976 Marian Rolf Movie
Crime and Passion1976 Susan Winters Movie
Family Plot1976 Fran Movie
Nashville1975 Connie White Movie
The Day of the Locust1975 Faye Greener Movie
Trilogy of Terror1975 Julie TV Movie
Airport 19751974 Nancy Pryor Movie
Law and Disorder1974 Gloria Movie
Rhinoceros1974 Daisy Movie
The Great Gatsby1974 Myrtle Wilson Movie
The Outfit1973 Bett Harrow Movie
The Pyx1973 Elizabeth Lucy Movie
Little Laura and Big John1973 Laura Movie
Cisco Pike1972 Sue Movie
Portnoy's Complaint1972 Mary Jane Reid (The Monkey) Movie
Circle of Fear1972 Barbara Sanders TV Show
Born to Win1971 Parm Movie
Drive, He Said1971 Olive Movie
A Gunfight1971 Jenny Simms Movie
Five Easy Pieces1970 Rayette Dipesto Movie
Hastings Corner1970 Jenny Honker TV Movie
Freedom1970 Short Film
Easy Rider1969 Karen Movie
Hard Contract1969 Ellen Movie
Adam-121968 Susan Decker TV Show
The Name of the Game1968 Monica Garrison TV Show
Judd for the Defense1967 Alethea Staunton TV Show
Mannix1967 Elaine Tate TV Show
The Invaders1967 Claudia Stone TV Show
The Second Hundred Years1967 Marcia TV Show
You're a Big Boy Now1966 Amy Partlett Movie
Iron Horse1966 Patricia Dunne TV Show
Run for Your Life1965 Jennifer Palmer TV Show
The Big Valley1965 Carla Roberts TV Show
The F.B.I.1965 Lorraine Chapman TV Show
The Prime Time1959 Betty - Painted Woman Movie
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    RedheadenuffsaidApr 3, 2013

    Karen - I am so sorry to hear that your cancer has returned, but so happy to hear that your fans were able to raise the money you need to get back to Europe for experimental treatment!
    All true fans of horror know that all of the great horror films were made back in the 1970's - and you happened to star in a great deal of them! (:
    It sounds like you have a such a loving, supportive husband Ms. Black.
    You have an outpouring of love from your husband, family and fans - now your job is too take all that love and positive energy and use it to heal yourself.
    You can make it Karen!

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