Magazine article Screen International

Karen Black Dies Aged 74

Magazine article Screen International

Karen Black Dies Aged 74

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Actress known for her performances in Five Easy Pieces and Nashville has dies in Los Angeles after battle with cancer.

Actress Karen Black, star of iconic films such as Easy Rider, Nashville and Five Easy Pieces, has died in Los Angeles aged 74 after a three-year battle with cancer.

The prolific actress appeared in more than 100 films over a career spanning 40 years.

Illinois-born Black's breakthrough role came as a prostitute in 1960s classic Easy Rider.

The actress, known for playing temperamental and neurotic characters, earned an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for her memorable turn as a waitress opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces.

Black won a best supporting actress Golden Globe for her performance in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby and she was nominated for a Grammy Award for playing a country singer in the ensemble cast of 1975 musical drama Nashville. …

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