She was twenty-seven when she landed her first film role in You’re a Big Boy Now.
That was ’66.
At thirty, she was lucky enough to be in a small role, alongside star Jack Nicholson and director Dennis Hopper, in Easy Rider.
That was ’69.
Thirty-one, her luck hits her again. Five Easy Pieces.
That was 1970.
Just some more of Karen Black include
Rhinoceros, The Great Gatsby, and Airport 1975 in ’74,
The Day of the Locust and Nashville in ’75;
she had a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s finale Family Plot in ’76,
as well as in River Phoenix’s finale Dark Blood in ’93, shown to exclusive audiences last fall.
A few months ago, Ooga Booga was released, featuring her as “Mrs. Allardyce”.
She Loves Me Not and The Being Experience,
are completed and in post-production, respectively.
But on August the 8th of 2013,
Karen Blanche Black née Ziegler
has been cast away to Hollywood Heaven
by bladder cancer.
She was 74.
May Ms. Karen Black
REST IN PEACE
July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013