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Friday, August 9, 2013

Remembering Karen Black 1939 - 2013

In January 2010, I had the great pleasure of interviewing actress Karen Black, who was so sweet and down to earth. I almost asked her about Hastings Corner, a 1970 TV pilot/soap opera spoof she appeared in with Hal Linden (Barney Miller) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), but I decided not to since there were so many other highlights in her amazing career that I wanted to discuss. However, I have a feeling that she would've gladly chatted about it. The only thing Karen refused to reveal were her Alfred Hitchcock stories, which she said I would have to read in her autobiography someday. Sadly, the lovely lady did not get a chance to write her life story as she died Thursday at the age of 74. I will always fondly remember our delightful conversation and be forever grateful to her for taking the time to get Deeper here on the Dish.

Click here to read my interview with Karen. And below you can enjoy some of her many films as well as a few of her TV appearances.

Easy Rider (1969)

Five Easy Pieces (1970), for which she won a Globe Globe and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

The Great Gatsby (1974), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Airport 1975 (1974)

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

The Day of the Locust (1975), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama.

Nashville (1975)

Family Plot (1976)

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Dolly (a 1976 episode of Dolly Parton's syndicated variety show)

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) - she also appeared in a 1982 Broadway production of the play before director Robert Altman made the film version.

CBS News Nightwatch with Charlie Rose on April 17, 1986.


joel65913 said...

What with her passing along with Eileen Brennan, Jean Stapleton and Bonnie Franklin as well as Valerie Harper's grave diagnosis it's a rough time to be an iconic 70's actress. All of them will be greatly missed.

Marc said...

I definitely will miss all of these lovely ladies whom I grew up with.

Anonymous said...

Karen Black is important to me because she was a perfect Myrtle Wilson (The Great Gatsby - 1974) and an explendid Faye Greener (The Day of the Locust - 1975). Two good reasons to respect and love her acting forever. Antonio Augusto from Brazil.

Below: a simple souvenir to remember her.

Marc said...

Thanks for your comment, Antonio! Always a pleasure to meet another Karen Black fan.