Two time Golden Globe winner Karen Black has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 74.
The actress won her Globes for Best Supporting Actress in 1970′s Five Easy Pieces and for The Great Gatsby, in which she played Mabel, in 1974. She was also nominated for a Grammy for writing the songs “Memphis” and “Rolling Stone” which she performed in character in Robert Altman’s Nashville.
Her first major film role came in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 “You’re a Big Boy Now,” and she also appeared in TV shows including “Adam 12” and “Mannix.”
Among her other roles were Nancy Pryor, the stewardess who is forced to fly the plane in 1974′s “Airport 1975,” as an actress in John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust” and as a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film “Family Plot.”
Associated with several iconic films and directors of the 1970s, she talked to Paper magazine recently about the era, “We were just doing our thing. I happen to have an acting style that is very spontaneous and very unselfconscious, and it went with the movies of the ’70s. It was a great time, it was a very beautiful time.”
Born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Ill., she took the name Black from her first husband, Charles Black. She was also married briefly to actor Robert Burton and to screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, with whom she had a son, Hunter Carson. She married Stephen Eckleberry in 1987, with whom she adopted a daughter, Celine.
|7th August 2013,|