Karen Black

American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter (1939-2013)

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]

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)

Early lifeEdit

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 lifeEdit

Black was married four times. She had two children.


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


  1. "Karen Black". Yahoo! movies. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  2. "Browse Results". GoldenGlobes.org. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. "Karen Black Biography (1939?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  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.
  5. "Karen Black Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  6. "Chicago Actress Karen Black dead at 74". Retrieved August 8, 2013.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Karen Black at Wikimedia Commons