Karen Black

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Karen Black
Karen Black - Ace.jpg
in Ace Up My Sleeve (1976)
Karen Blanche Ziegler

(1939-07-01)July 1, 1939
DiedAugust 8, 2013(2013-08-08) (aged 74)
OccupationActress, screenwriter, singer, composer, producer
Years active1959–2013
Spouse(s)Charles Black (1955-1962)
Robert Burton (1973–74)
L.M. Kit Carson (1975–?)
Stephen Eckelberry (1987–2013; her death)
ChildrenHunter 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 | change source]

She was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Elsie Mary (née 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 | change source]

Black was married four times. She had two children.

Death[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Karen Black". Yahoo! movies. Retrieved April 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Browse Results". GoldenGlobes.org. Retrieved April 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Karen Black Biography (1939?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Frisbie, Thomas (June 18, 2008). "Article: Wrote history-based books for young adults". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Karen Black Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Chicago Actress Karen Black dead at 74". Retrieved August 8, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Karen Black at Wikimedia Commons