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Karen Blanche Ziegler (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013), best known as Karen Black, was an American actress and screenwriter.

She got her first major film roles in Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), and The Great Gatsby (1974); for the latter two she won Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress, and her performance in Five Easy Pieces also garnered her an Academy Award nomination. Other films she appeared in The '70s include Airport 1975 (1974), Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), which earned her a third Golden Globe nomination, and Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976).

In 1975 and 1976 respectively, she appeared in Dan Curtis's cult horror films Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings; this would lead Black to star in a variety of horror films in The '90s, 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 cancer in 2010. She died of the disease in August 2013. Black's career spanned over 50 years, and includes nearly 200 film credits.

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