Karen Black

Actor · Writer · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 71
Karen Blanche Black was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various studio and independent films in the 1970s, frequently portraying eccentric and offbeat characters, and established herself as a figure of New Hollywood. Her career spanned over 50 years, and includes nearly 200 credits in... read more

Karen Blanche Black was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various studio and independent films in the 1970s, frequently portraying eccentric and offbeat characters, and established herself as a figure of New Hollywood. Her career spanned over 50 years, and includes nearly 200 credits in both independent and mainstream films. Black received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Golden Globe Awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Birth Name

Karen Blanche Ziegler

Born

Saturday, 01 July 1939

Died

Thursday, 08 August 2013

Actress Filmography

Deadly Dolls: Deepest Cuts (archive footage) 2018
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief Herself (archive footage) 2015
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Linda Magnusson 2014
Wild in Blue Justine 2014
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Herself (archive footage) 2013
She Loves Me Not Karla 2013
Ooga Booga Mrs. Allardyce 2013
Window Dressing Beth 2012
Dark Blood Motel Woman 2012
Maria My Love Maria 2012
(see additional filmography)

Actress Filmography

Deadly Dolls: Deepest Cuts (archive footage) 2018
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief Herself (archive footage) 2015
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Linda Magnusson 2014
Wild in Blue Justine 2014
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Herself (archive footage) 2013
She Loves Me Not Karla 2013
Ooga Booga Mrs. Allardyce 2013
Window Dressing Beth 2012
Dark Blood Motel Woman 2012
Maria My Love Maria 2012
OowieWanna The Donna 2012
Mommy's Little Monster Mrs. Melnick 2012
Letters from the Big Man Sean's Colleague 2011
Some Guy Who Kills People Ruth Boyd 2011
Funny or Die Presents... Debbie Rubbie 2010
Nothing Special May 2010
Double Duty Annabelle 2009
Stuck! Next Door Neighbor Lady 2009
Repo Chick Aunt de la Chasse 2009
Irene In Time Sheila Shivvers 2009
A Single Woman Storyteller 2009
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos Herself 2009
The Blue Tooth Virgin Zena 2008
Watercolors Mrs. Martin 2008
Hollywood Dreams Luna 2007
One Long Night Barbara 2007
Suffering Man's Charity Renee 2007
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Jennifer 2007
Read You Like a Book Kate 2006
Wanderlust Herself 2006
America Brown Marianne Brown 2005
Firecracker Sandra / Eleanor 2005
Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Agrippina 2005
Crazy for Love Grace's Mom 2005
The Straun House Molly 2005
The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham Dancer (segment "Windowlicker") 2003
Summer Solstice Dr. Sally McDermott 2003
Paris Chantelle 2003
House of 1000 Corpses Mother Firefly 2003
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood Herself 2003
Russians in the City of Angels Patricia Sommers 2003
Hard Luck Aunt Judy 2002
A Light in the Darkness Mrs. Melnick 2002
The Best of Tromadance Film Festival, Volume 1 ("Los Vampirios Moronious" short) 2002
Teknolust Dirty Dick 2002
Curse of the Forty-Niner Aunt Nelly 2002
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Vera Morgan 2001
Plotting 'Family Plot' Herself 2001
Gypsy 83 Bambi LeBleau 2001
Soulkeeper Martha la Magnifica 2001
The Independent Herself 2000
Red Dirt Griffith's Aunt 2000
Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage Herself 1999
I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Whip Lady 1999
Independent Lens Self 1999
The Underground Comedy Movie Mother 1999
Mascara Aunt Eloise 1999
Conceiving Ada Mother Coer 1999
Charades Jude 1998
Malaika Jessica Martin 1998
My Neighbor's Daughter Social Worker 1998
Rude Awakening Crystal Garcia 1998
Invisible Dad Courtney Whitmer 1998
Light Speed High Priestess 1998
Fallen Arches Lucy Romano 1998
Men Alex 1997
The Hunger Miss Gati 1997
Who Is Henry Jaglom? Herself 1997
Stir Dr. Gabrielle Kessler 1997
Children of the Corn: The Gathering June Rhodes 1996
Dogtown Rose Van Horn 1996
Profiler Evie Long 1996
Crimetime Millicent 1996
Plan 10 from Outer Space Nehor 1995
Dinosaur Valley Girls Ro-Kell 1995
Party of Five Doreen Jablonsky 1994
Bound and Gagged: A Love Story Carla 1993
Tales of the City Herself 1993
Moon Over Miami Lorraine Pitzer 1993
Legend Of The Roller Blade Seven Tarot 1993
Return of the Roller Blade Seven Tarot 1993
Auntie Lee's Meat Pies Auntie Lee 1992
The Double 0 Kid Mrs. Elliot 1992
Hitz Tiffany Powers 1992
Tuesday Never Comes Michelle 1992
The Player Karen Black 1992
Final Judgement Mrs. Sorrel 1992
Quiet Fire Kim Martino 1991
Children Of The Night Karen Thompson 1991
The Killers Edge Barrett 1991
Caged Fear Blanche 1991
Rubin and Ed Rula 1991
Mirror Mirror Susan Gordon 1990
Club Fed Sally Rich 1990
Haunting Fear Dr. Julia Harcourt 1990
Night Angel Rita 1990
The Children Sybil Lullmer 1990
Zapped Again! Substitute Teacher 1990
Twisted Justice Mrs. Granger 1990
Overexposed Mrs. Trowbridge 1990
Fatal Encounter Joan Caldwell 1990
Evil Spirits Ella Purdy 1990
Homer And Eddie Belle 1989
The Pat Sajak Show Herself - Guest 1989
Out Of The Dark Ruth Wilson 1988
Dixie Lanes Zelma Putnam 1988
In the Heat of the Night Carla Ray 1988
The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Martha Gelhorn 1988
The Invisible Kid Deborah 1988
Hostage Laura Lawrence 1987
It's Alive III: Island Of The Alive Ellen Jarvis 1987
Worlds Beyond Lee Jeffreys 1986
Invaders From Mars Linda Magnusson 1986
Flight of the Spruce Goose Gloria 1986
Cut and Run Karin 1985
Martin's Day Karen 1985
Eternal Evil Janus 1985
Savage Dawn Rachel 1985
Bad Manners Gladys Fitzpatrick 1984
Murder, She Wrote Dr. Sylvia Dunn 1984
E/R Sheila Sheinfeld 1984
Miami Vice Helen Jackson 1984
The Hitchhiker Kay Mason 1983
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Zee 1983
Breakaway Herself 1983
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Joanne 1982
The Last Horror Film Karen Black 1982
Faerie Tale Theatre Guest Interviewee, Sea Witch 1982
Miss Right Amy 1982
Killing Heat Mary Turner 1981
Separate Ways Valentine Colby 1981
Chanel Solitaire Emilienne d'Alençon 1981
Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop Investigator Evelyn Carter 1980
Power Rose Vanda-Buchanan 1980
Killer Fish Kate 1979
Mr. Horn Ernestina Crawford 1979
The Last Word Paula Herbert 1979
In Praise Of Older Women Maya 1978
The Squeeze Clarisse Saunders 1978
America 2-Night Herself 1978
Capricorn One Judy Drinkwater 1977
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver Miriam Oliver / Sandy 1977
ABC Weekend Specials Miss Kuchenbacker 1977
Burnt Offerings Marian Rolf 1976
Family Plot Fran 1976
Crime and Passion Susan Winters 1976
Dolly Herself 1976
Saturday Night Live Catherine the Great / Various / Self - Host, Mona Lisa / Various / Self - Host 1975
The Bobby Vinton Show Herself 1975
Nashville Connie White 1975
The Day of the Locust Faye Greener 1975
Trilogy Of Terror Amelia 1975
Airport 1975 Nancy Pryor 1974
Law and Disorder Gloria 1974
The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson 1974
Rhinoceros Daisy 1974
The Outfit Bett Harrow 1973
The Pyx Elizabeth Lucy 1973
Little Laura And Big John Laura 1973
Portnoy's Complaint Mary Jane Reid (The Monkey) 1972
Circle of Fear Barbara Sanders 1972
Cisco Pike Sue 1972
Born to Win Parm 1971
A Gunfight Jenny Simms 1971
Drive, He Said Olive 1971
Rollin' on the River Herself 1971
Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto 1970
The David Frost Show Herself - Guest 1969
Easy Rider Karen 1969
Hard Contract Ellen 1969
Adam-12 Susan Decker 1968
The Name of the Game Monica Garrison 1968
Mannix Elaine Tate 1967
The Carol Burnett Show Herself 1967
Judd for the Defense Alethea Staunton 1967
The Second Hundred Years Marcia 1967
The Invaders Claudia Stone 1967
Iron Horse Patricia Dunne 1966
You're a Big Boy Now Amy Partlett 1966
The Dean Martin Show Herself 1965
The F.B.I. Lorraine Chapman 1965
The Big Valley Carla Roberts 1965
Run for Your Life Jennifer Palmer 1965
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself - Guest 1962
The Mike Douglas Show Herself - Actress 1961
The Prime Time Betty - Painted Woman 1960
This Is Your Life Herself 1955

Producer Filmography

Charades 1998
1976 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Won
1971 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1971 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Won
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