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Karen Black (Karen Blanche Ziegler)

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Biography

Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later. She studied under Lee Strasberg in New York and worked in a number of off-Broadway roles. She made a critically acclaimed debut on Broadway in 1965 in "The Playroom". Her first big film role was in You're a Big Boy Now (1966), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Read more...

Actor

Character: Betty - Painted Woman

The Prime Time 1960

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Character: Amy Partlett

You're a Big Boy Now 1966

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Character: Rayette Dipesto

Five Easy Pieces 1970

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Character: Bett Harrow

The Outfit 1973

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Character: Elizabeth Lucy

The Pyx 1973

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Character: Nancy Pryor

Airport 1975 1974

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Character: Valentine Colby

Separate Ways 1981

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Character: Louise Bergen

Vacationland 2012

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Character: Sean's Colleague

Letters from the Big Man 2011

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Character: Next Door Neighbor Lady

Stuck! 2009

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Character: Aunt de la Chasse

Repo Chick 2009

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Character: Sheila Shivvers

Irene in Time 2009

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Character: Mrs. Leider

Whitepaddy 2006

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Character: Sandra / Eleanor

Firecracker 2005

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Character: Grace's Mom

My Suicidal Sweetheart 2005

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Character: Marianne Brown

America Brown 2004

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Character: Dr. Sally McDermott

Summer Solstice 2003

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Character: Mrs. Buttleman

Buttleman 2003

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Character: Rose Van Horn

Dogtown 1997

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Character: Lady Byron / Mother Coer

Conceiving Ada 1997

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Character: Alex

Men 1997

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Character: Dr. Gabrielle Kessler

Stir 1997

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Character: Maria Vandermeer

The Trust 1993

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Character: Auntie Lee

Auntie Lee's Meat Pies 1992

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Character: Tiffany Powers

Judgement 1992

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Character: Sybil Lullmer

The Children 1990

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Character: Sally Rich

Club Fed 1990

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Character: Ella Purdy

Evil Spirits 1990

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Character: Gladys Fitzpatrick

Growing Pains 1984

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Character: Ro-Kell

Dinosaur Valley Girls 1996

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Character: Rose Walsh

Cries of Silence 1996

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Character: Mrs. Tender

Un angelo a New York 1996

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Character: Lucy Romano

Fallen Arches 1998

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Character: Aunt Summer

Red Dirt 2000

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Character: Mrs. Mary Happ

Oliver Twisted 2000

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Character: Bambi LeBleau

Gypsy 83 2001

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Character: Magnificent Martha

Soulkeeper 2001

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Character: Mrs. Springle

The Donor 2001

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Character: Courtney Whitmer

Invisible Dad 1998

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Character: Herself - Host / Catherine the Great / Various

Karen Black/John Prine 1976

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Character: Miss Kuchenbacker

ABC Weekend Specials 1977

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Character: Kay Mason

The Hitchhiker 1983

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Character: Judy Drinkwater

Capricorn One 1977

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Character: Faye Greener

The Day of the Locust 1975

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Character: Alethea Staunton

Judd for the Defense 1967

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Character: Paula Herbert

The Last Word 1979

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Character: Marian Rolf

Burnt Offerings 1976

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Character: Linda Magnusson

Invaders from Mars 1986

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Character: Carla Roberts

The Big Valley 1965

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Character: Julie / Millicent Larimore / Therese Larimore / Amelia

Trilogy of Terror 1975

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Writing

Composing