Is Karen Black Living or Dead?

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American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter

Karen Black is ...

Dead
Born 1 Jul 1939 in Park Ridge
Died 8 Aug 2013 in Santa Monica
Age74 years, 1 month
Causecancer
Correction?
Karen Black
Karen Black
Publicity headshot of actress Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces (1970)

About Karen Black

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 debut in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now (1966). She followed this with roles in Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), and The Great Gatsby (1974), for the latter two of which she won Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress; her performance in Five Easy Pieces also garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1975, she appeared in Dan Curtis's cult horror films Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings; Robert Altman's Nashville, and The Day of the Locust, which earned her a third Golden Globe nomination. Other roles include Airport 1975 (1974), Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), and Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars (1986). In the 1990s, Black starred in a variety of arthouse and horror films, as well as writing her own screenplays before appearing in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (2003), which cemented her status as a cult horror icon. Black continued to star in low-profile films throughout the early 2000s, as well as working as a playwright before being diagnosed with ampullary cancer in 2010. She died of the disease in Los Angeles, in August 2013. Black's career spanned over fifty years, and includes nearly two hundred film credits.

She is also known as Karen Blanche Ziegler.

Death

After her final films were released in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer and stopped making public appearances. She had a portion of her pancreas removed that year and endured two further operations. She was invited to attend the premiere of River Phoenix's last on-screen performance in the salvaged feature film Dark Blood, in which she had played a small part in the original early 1990s shoot. Black was unable to attend the event, held in the Netherlands in September 2012, due to her illness. On August 8, 2013, Black died in Los Angeles from ampullary cancer at age 74. Actress Juliette Lewis paid tribute, saying "Karen Black was my mentor and a second mother to me. She inspired everyone she came in contact with."

Films

Karen Black has worked on the following films:

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
1982 film by Robert Altman
1982
You're a Big Boy Now
1966 film by Francis Ford Coppola
1966
Family Plot
1976 film by Alfred Hitchcock
1976
The Great Gatsby
1974 film by Jack Clayton
1974
Dark Blood
2012 film by George Sluizer
2012
Capricorn One
1977 film by Peter Hyams
1977
Burnt Offerings
1976 film by Dan Curtis
1976
Airport 1975
1974 disaster film
1974
Mirror, Mirror
1990 film by Marina Sargenti
1990
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering
1996 American horror film
1996
Firecracker
2005 film by Steve Balderson
2005
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive
1987 film by Larry Cohen
1987
Invaders from Mars
1986 film by Tobe Hooper
1986
The Outfit
1973 film by John Flynn
1973
Drive, He Said
1971 film by Jack Nicholson
1971
I Woke Up Early The Day I Died
1998 film by Aris Iliopulos
1999
The Day of the Locust
1975 film by John Schlesinger
1975
The Underground Comedy Movie
1999 film by Vince Offer
1999
Red Dirt
2000
Savage Dawn
1985
Summer Solstice
2003 film by George Fivas
2003
Portnoy's Complaint
1972 film by Ernest Lehman
1972
Hard Contract
film
1969
Killer Fish
1977 film by Antonio Margheriti
1977
Rhinoceros
1974 film by Tom O'Horgan
1974
Little Laura and Big John
1973 American feature film
1973
In Praise of Older Women
1978 film by George Kaczender
1978
Conceiving Ada
1997 film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
1997
The Roller Blade Seven
1991 film by Donald G. Jackson
1991
The Rip-Off
1975 film by Antonio Margheriti
1975
Homer and Eddie
1989 film by Andrei Konchalovsky
1989
Children of the Night
1991 film by Tony Randel
1991
The Double 0 Kid
1992 film by Dee McLachlan
1992
Teknolust
2002 film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
2002
Charades
1998 film by Stephen Eckelberry
1998
The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven
1992 film by Donald G. Jackson
1992
Cisco Pike
1972 film by Bill L. Norton
1972
Some Guy Who Kills People
2012 film by Jack Perez
2012
A Gunfight
1971 film by Lamont Johnson
1971
Cut and Run
1985 film by Ruggero Deodato
1985
Born to Win
1971 film by Ivan Passer
1971
Return of the Roller Blade Seven
1993 film by Donald G. Jackson
1993
The Blue Man
1985 film by George Mihalka
1985
Watercolors
2008 film by David Oliveras
2008
The Pyx
1973 film by Harvey Hart
1973
Chanel Solitaire
1981 British-French historical drama film
1981
The Children
1990 film by Tony Palmer
1990
Club Fed
1990 film by Nat Christian
1990
Killing Heat
1981 film by Michael Raeburn
1981
The Invisible Kid
1988
Hollywood Dreams
2006 film by Henry Jaglom
2006
Crime and Passion
1976 film by Ivan Passer
1976
Fallen Arches
1998
Plan 10 from Outer Space
1994 film by Trent Harris
1994
Law and Disorder
1974 film by Ivan Passer
1974
Men
1997
Harold Buttleman, Daredevil Stuntman
2003 film by Francis Stokes
2003
Martin's Day
1985 film by Alan Gibson
1985
Curse of the Forty-Niner
2002 film by John Carl Buechler
2002
New York Crossing
1996 film
1996
She loves me not
2013
Inviati speciali
2000 film by Fred Olen Ray
2000