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in Ace Up My Sleeve (1976)
Karen Blanche Ziegler

(1939-07-01)July 1, 1939
Died August 8, 2013(2013-08-08) (aged 74)
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, singer, composer, producer
Years active 1959–2013
Spouse(s) Charles Black (1955-1962)
Robert Burton (1973–74)
L.M. Kit Carson (1975–?)
Stephen Eckelberry (1987–2013; her death)
Children Hunter Carson (b. 1975)
Celine Eckelberry (b. 1987)

Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – 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".

Early life

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. Her paternal grandfather was Arthur Charles Ziegler, a classical musician and first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her sister is actress Gail Brown. Black was of German, Czech and Norwegian ancestry.

Personal life

Black was married four times. She had two children.


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

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