Actress Karen Black Dies at 74

By Will Ashton


Academy Award-nominated actress Karen Black, star of films such as Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby (1974) and Easy Rider, has died today at the age of 74. She died due to complications with cancer, according to her husband, filmmaker Stephen Eckelberry.

Beginning with a career on Broadway, Black enjoyed a long and diverse career on film and TV, where she got to work with big names like Francis Ford Coppola and Alfred Hitchcock. She was nominated for an Oscar for her work Five Easy Pieces, and also won two Golden Globes, one for Five Easy Pieces, another for The Great Gatsby.

Her final films, She Loves Me Not and The Being Experience, are both set to be released this year.


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