Karen Black

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Karen Black

in Ace Up My Sleeve (1976)
Born Karen Blanche Ziegler
July 1, 1939(1939-07-01)
Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 8, 2013(2013-08-08) (aged 74)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, singer, composer, producer
Years active 1959–2013
Spouse Charles Black (1955-1962)
Robert Burton (1973–74)
L.M. Kit Carson (1975–?)
Stephen Eckelberry (1987–2013; her death)
Children Hunter Carson (b. 1975)
Celine Eckelberry (b. 1987)

Karen Black (July 1, 1939[1] – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She has acted in many movies. These include The Great Gatsby, Airport 1975 and Easy Rider. Black has won 2 Golden Globe Awards for "Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture".[2]

Early life[change | edit source]

She was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Elsie Mary (nee Reif), a writer of several prize-winning children's novels, and Norman Arthur Ziegler.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather was Arthur Charles Ziegler, a classical musician and first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.[5] Her sister is actress Gail Brown. Black was of German, Czech and Norwegian ancestry.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Black was married four times. She had two children.

Death[change | edit source]

Black died on August 8, 2013 in Santa Monica, California from ampullary cancer, aged 74.[6]

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