Karen Black passes away at age 74

Karen Black appeared in more than 100 films in a career that spanned six different decades. But I’ll always associate Black with her remarkable run of performances in the 1970s, a stretch that included Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Day of the Locust (1975) and Nashville (1975).

Also worth a look are the fondly remembered TV horror anthology Trilogy of Terror (1975), the sci-fi conspiracy thriller Capricorn One (1978) and Alfred Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot (1976).

The two photos below both come from Black’s imdb page. (Top) Black in her Oscar-nominated role as a waitress hopelessly devoted to melancholy, restless pianist Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. (Bottom) Black as one of the denizens of a bleak 1930s Hollywood dystopia in The Day of the Locust.

CINQ PIECES FACILES Karen Black #1 (imdb)

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