Karen Black

Karen Black
1939 - 2013
Karen Black  American Actress

Karen Black dating history


Karen Black was previously married to Stephen Eckelberry (1987 - 2013), L.M. Kit Carson (1975 - 1983), Robert Burton (1973 - 1974) and Charles W. Black (1960 - 1958).

Karen Black was in relationships with Michael Raeburn (1981), Omar Sharif (1975), Peter Rachtman (1970 - 1972), Peter Kastner (1966), Henry Jaglom and Paul Sorvino.


American Actress Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler on 1st July, 1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA and passed away on 8th Aug 2013 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 74. She is most remembered for Trilogy of Terror, Five Easy Pieces. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

Karen Black was in an on-screen matchup with Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces (1970).

Karen Black is a member of the following lists: American Scientologists, American film actors and American women singers.


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Relationship Statistics

Married4 29 years, 11 months 11 years, 3 months 2 years, 9 months
Dating6 58 years, 3 months 17 years, 3 months 2 years
Total10 58 years, 3 months 14 years, 10 months 2 years


First Name Karen
Middle Name Blanche
Last Name Black
Maiden Name Ziegler
Full Name at Birth Karen Blanche Ziegler
Alternative Name Karen Blanche Ziegler, Karen Black, Karen Blanche Black
Birthday 1st July, 1939
Birthplace Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
Died 8th August, 2013
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death Cancer
Buried Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
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)

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.

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Karen Black74 CancerActress
Stephen Eckelberry62 SagittariusFilm Director
Michael Raeburn81 AquariusDirector
South African
L.M. Kit Carson73Screenwriter
Omar Sharif83 AriesActor
Robert Burton77 ScorpioActor
Peter Rachtman-
Peter Kastner64 LibraActor
Henry Jaglom83 AquariusDirector
Charles W. Black-
Paul Sorvino83 AriesActor


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
Hunter Minor NormanMale26th December, 197548 years oldL.M. Kit Carson
CelineFemale22nd November, 198736 years oldStephen Eckelberry


Wild in Blue2015JustineMovie
Bottomless Pit2015NarrationShort Film
A Walk Into a Split Mind2014Movie
She Loves Me Not2013KarlaMovie
Ooga Booga2013Mrs. AllardyceMovie
Mick Turner: The Bird Catcher2013Music Video
Dark Blood2012Motel WomanMovie
Warnings from the Bathtub2012MotherShort Film
Window Dressing2012BethTV Show
Mommy's Little Monster2012Mrs. MelnickMovie
Hawk Warrior of the Wheelzone2012TarotMovie
Some Guy Who Kills People2011Ruth BoydMovie
Maria My Love2011MariaMovie
Letters from the Big Man2011Sean's ColleagueMovie
OowieWanna2011The DonnaShort Film
Vacationland2011Louise BergenMovie
Nothing Special2010MayMovie
Better People2010MarciTV Movie
Irene in Time2009Sheila ShivversMovie
Double Duty2009AnnabelleMovie
Funny or Die Presents...2009Debbie RubbieTV Show
Repo Chick2009Aunt de la ChasseMovie
First Time Long Time2009Dr. ShneidelShort Film
Stuck!2009Next Door Neighbor LadyMovie
Meet the Eye2009Short Film
A Single Woman2008StorytellerMovie
Watercolors2008Mrs. MartinMovie
The Blue Tooth Virgin2008ZenaMovie
One Long Night2007BarbaraMovie
Suffering Man's Charity2007ReneeMovie
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!2007JenniferTV Show
Greater Than a Tiger2007PaigeShort Film
Hollywood Dreams2006LunaMovie
Read You Like a Book2006KateMovie
Whitepaddy2006Mrs. LeiderMovie
Crazy for Love2005Grace's MomMovie
Dr. Rage2005MollyMovie
Firecracker2005Sandra / EleanorMovie
Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula2005AgrippinaShort Film
Carma2005Kate Burns (voice)Movie
Love Wine2005Aunt AnitaTV Movie
America Brown2004Marianne BrownMovie
Birth of Industry2004SaraShort Film
Buttleman2003Mrs. ButtlemanMovie
House of 1000 Corpses2003Mother FireflyMovie
Summer Solstice2003Dr. Sally McDermottMovie
Russkie v Gorode Angelov2003Patricia SommersTV Show
The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas2003Rachel Simpson / Aunt T.TV Show
Curse of the Forty-Niner2002Aunt NellyMovie
Teknolust2002Dirty DickMovie
A Light in the Darkness2002Mrs. MelnickMovie
Gypsy 832001Bambi LeBleauMovie
Hard Luck2001Aunt JudyMovie
Soulkeeper2001Magnificent MarthaMovie
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001Vera MorganTV Show
Red Dirt2000Summer / Griffith's AuntMovie
The Donor2000Mrs. Springle - Françoise's motherMovie
The Independent2000Karen BlackMovie
Oliver Twisted2000Mrs. Mary HappMovie
Inviati speciali2000Movie
Mascara1999Aunt EloiseMovie
Paradise Cove1999MaMovie
The Underground Comedy Movie1999MotherMovie
Fallen Arches1998Lucy RomanoMovie
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998Whip LadyMovie
Light Speed1998High PriestessMovie
Sugar: The Fall of the West1998Movie
My Neighbor's Daughter1998Social WorkerTV Movie
Rude Awakening1998Crystal GarciaTV Show
Bury the Evidence1998The MotherMovie
Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin1998Dental AssistantShort Film
Stripping for Jesus1998Short Film
Malaika1998Jessica MartinMovie
Conceiving Ada1997Lady Byron / Mother CoerMovie
Stir1997Dr. Gabrielle KesslerMovie
The Hunger1997Miss Gati / LandladyTV Show
Modern Rhapsody1997Movie
Dinosaur Valley Girls1996Ro-KellMovie
Dogtown1996Rose Van HornMovie
Every Minute Is Goodbye1996SchubertMovie
Sister Island1996Rose WalshMovie
New York Crossing1996Mrs. TenderTV Movie
Profiler1996Evie LongTV Show
Movies Money Murder1996BettieMovie
Plan 10 from Outer Space1995NehorMovie
The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley1995EvelynMovie
Party of Five1994Doreen JablonskyTV Show
Too Bad About Jack1994Movie
The Ramones: Substitute1994Mother (uncredited)Music Video
Bound and Gagged: A Love Story1993CarlaMovie
Moon Over Miami1993Lorraine PitzerTV Show
The Trust1993Maria VandermeerMovie
Tuesday Never Comes1993MichelleMovie
Auntie Lee's Meat Pies1992Auntie LeeMovie
Hitz1992Tiffany PowersMovie
The Player1992Karen BlackMovie
Dead Girls Don't Tango1992Insp. WilsonMovie
Legend of the Roller Blade Seven1992TarotMovie
Return of the Roller Blade Seven1992TarotMovie
Children of the Night1991Karen ThompsonMovie
Evil Spirits1991Ella PurdyMovie
Caged Fear1991BlancheMovie
Rubin and Ed1991RulaMovie
The Roller Blade Seven1991TarotMovie
Club Fed1990Sally RichMovie
Mirror Mirror1990Susan GordonMovie
Night Angel1990RitaMovie
The Children1990Sybil LullmerMovie
Twisted Justice1990Mrs. GrangerMovie
Overexposed1990Mrs. TrowbridgeMovie
Fatal Encounter1990Joan CaldwellMovie
Homer and Eddie1989BelleMovie
Out of the Dark1989RuthMovie
The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway1989Martha GelhornTV Movie
The Invisible Kid1988Mom / DeborahMovie
In the Heat of the Night1988Carla RayTV Show
Dixie Lanes1988Zelma PutnamMovie
Platinum Blonde1988Short Film
Hostage1987Laura LawrenceMovie
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive1987Ellen JarvisMovie
Stevie Wonder: Skeletons1987Karen BlackMusic Video
Flight of the Spruce Goose1986GloriaMovie
Invaders from Mars1986Linda MagnussonMovie
Worlds Beyond1986Lee JeffreysTV Show
Savage Dawn1985RachelMovie
The Blue Man1985JanusMovie
Cut and Run1984KarinMovie
Growing Pains1984Mrs. FitzpatrickMovie
Martin's Day1984KarenMovie
E/R1984Sheila SheinfeldTV Show
Miami Vice1984Helen JacksonTV Show
Murder, She Wrote1984Dr. Sylvia DunnTV Show
A Stroke of Genius1984Movie
Kid Creole & The Coconuts: There's Something Wrong in Paradise1984Gina GinaTV Movie
Full Circle Again1984Joanna / JennyTV Movie
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?1983ZeeMovie
The Hitchhiker1983Kay MasonTV Show
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean1982JoanneMovie
Miss Right1982AmyMovie
The Last Horror Film1982Karen Black (uncredited)Movie
Faerie Tale Theatre1982Sea Witch / Guest IntervieweeTV Show
Chanel Solitaire1981Emilienne d'AlençonMovie
Killing Heat1981Mary TurnerMovie
Separate Ways1981Valentine ColbyMovie
The Last Word1980Paula HerbertMovie
Power1980Rose Vanda-BuchananTV Movie
Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop1980Investigator Evelyn CarterTV Movie
Where the Ladies Go1980HelenTV Movie
Killer Fish1979Kate NevilleMovie
Mr. Horn1979Ernestina CrawfordTV Show
Capricorn One1978Judy DrinkwaterMovie
In Praise of Older Women1978MayaMovie
The Squeeze1978Clarisse SaundersMovie
Because He's My Friend1978AnneTV Movie
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver1977Miriam Oliver / SandyTV Movie
ABC Weekend Specials1977Miss KuchenbackerTV Show
Burnt Offerings1976Marian RolfMovie
Crime and Passion1976Susan WintersMovie
Family Plot1976FranMovie
Nashville1975Connie WhiteMovie
The Day of the Locust1975FayeMovie
Trilogy of Terror1975Julie / Millicent / Therese / ...TV Movie
Airport 19751974Nancy PryorMovie
Law and Disorder1974GloriaMovie
The Great Gatsby1974Myrtle WilsonMovie
The Outfit1973Bett HarrowMovie
The Pyx1973Elizabeth LucyMovie
Little Laura and Big John1973LauraMovie
Cisco Pike1972SueMovie
Portnoy's Complaint1972The MonkeyMovie
Circle of Fear1972Barbara SandersTV Show
Born to Win1971ParmMovie
Drive, He Said1971OliveMovie
A Gunfight1971Jenny SimmsMovie
Five Easy Pieces1970Rayette DipestoMovie
Hastings Corner1970Jenny HonkerTV Movie
Freedom1970Short Film
Easy Rider1969KarenMovie
Hard Contract1969EllenMovie
Adam-121968Susan DeckerTV Show
The Name of the Game1968Monica GarrisonTV Show
Judd for the Defense1967Alethea StauntonTV Show
Mannix1967Elaine TateTV Show
The Invaders1967Claudia StoneTV Show
The Second Hundred Years1967MarciaTV Show
You're a Big Boy Now1966Amy PartlettMovie
Iron Horse1966Patricia DunneTV Show
Run for Your Life1965Jennifer PalmerTV Show
The Big Valley1965CarlaTV Show
The F.B.I.1965Lorraine ChapmanTV Show
The Prime Time1960BettyMovie
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RedheadenuffsaidRedheadenuffsaidApr 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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