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Karen Black (I) (1939–2013)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Wild in Blue
Justine
 2012 Window Dressing (TV Series)
Beth
- Til Beth Do Us Part (2012) ... Beth
 2012 Dark Blood
Motel Woman
 2012/II Vacationland
Louise Bergen
 2012 Warnings from the Bathtub (Short)
Mother
 2012 Mommy's Little Monster
Mrs. Melnick
 2011 Maria My Love
Maria
 2011 OowieWanna (Short)
The Donna
 2011 Letters from the Big Man
Sean's Colleague
 2011 Some Guy Who Kills People
Ruth Boyd
 2010 Funny or Die Presents... (TV Series)
Debbie Rubbie
- Episode #1.8 (2010) ... Debbie Rubbie
 2010 Better People (TV Movie)
Marci
 2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV Series)
Jennifer
- Choices (2010) ... Jennifer
 2010 Nothing Special
May
 2009 First Time Long Time (Short)
Dr. Shneidel
 2009 Double Duty
Annabelle
 2009 Stuck!
Next Door Neighbor Lady
 2009 Repo Chick
Aunt de la Chasse
 2009 Meet the Eye (Short)
 2008 A Single Woman
Storyteller
 2008 The Blue Tooth Virgin
Zena
 2008 Watercolors
Mrs. Martin
 2008 Contamination
Mavis
 2007 Greater Than a Tiger (Short)
Paige
 2007 One Long Night
Barbara
 2006 Read You Like a Book
Kate
 2006 Whitepaddy
Mrs. Leider
 2005 Firecracker
Sandra / Eleanor
 2005/I Carma
Kate Burns (voice)
 2005 Crazy for Love
Grace's Mom
 2005 Love Wine (TV Movie)
Aunt Anita
 2005 Dr. Rage
Molly
 2004 Birth of Industry (Short)
Sara
 2004 America Brown
Marianne Brown
 2003 The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (Video)
Dancer (segment "Windowlicker")
 2003 Summer Solstice
Dr. Sally McDermott
 2003 Paris
Chantelle
 2003 Russians in the City of Angels (TV Series)
Patricia Sommers
- Priklyuchenie (2003) ... Patricia Sommers
 2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Vera Morgan
- Con-Text (2003) ... Vera Morgan
 2003 Buttleman
Mrs. Buttleman
 2002 Curse of the Forty-Niner
Aunt Nelly
 2002 A Light in the Darkness
Mrs. Melnick
 2002 Teknolust
Dirty Dick
 2001 Soulkeeper
Magnificent Martha
 2001 Hard Luck
Aunt Judy
 2001 The Donor
Mrs. Springle
 2000 Oliver Twisted
Mrs. Mary Happ
 1999 Paradise Cove
Ma
 1998 Fallen Arches
Lucy Romano
 1998 Light Speed
 1998 Stripping for Jesus (Short)
 1998 Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin (Short)
Dental Assistant
 1998 Charades
Jude
 1998 Party of Five (TV Series)
Doreen Jablonsky
- One Christmas, to Go (1998) ... Doreen Jablonsky
 1998 Malaika
Jessica Martin
 1998 My Neighbor's Daughter (TV Movie)
Social Worker
 1998 Bury the Evidence
The Mother
 1998 Profiler (TV Series)
Evie Long
- Cycle of Violence (1998) ... Evie Long
 1998 Invisible Dad (Video)
Courtney Whitmer
 1997 Men
Alex
 1997 Conceiving Ada
Lady Byron / Mother Coer
 1997 The Hunger (TV Series)
Miss Gati
- Menage a Trois (1997) ... Miss Gati
 1997 Stir
Dr. Gabrielle Kessler
 1996 Dinosaur Valley Girls
Ro-Kell
 1996 Every Minute Is Goodbye
Schubert
 1996 Movies Money Murder
Bettie
 1996 New York Crossing (TV Movie)
Mrs. Tender
 1996 Children of the Corn: The Gathering (Video)
June Rhodes
 1996 Sister Island
Rose Walsh
 1995 Starstruck
Bertha
 1993 The Trust
Maria Vandermeer
 1993 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Carla Ray
- A Dish Best Served Cold (1993) ... Carla Ray
 1993 Moon Over Miami (TV Series)
Lorraine Pitzer
- Watching the Detectives (1993) ... Lorraine Pitzer
 1992 Dead Girls Don't Tango
Insp. Wilson
 1992 Auntie Lee's Meat Pies
Auntie Lee
 1992 Judgement
Tiffany Powers
 1992 Final Judgement (Video)
Mrs. Sorrel
 1992 Tuesday Never Comes
Michelle
 1992 The Double 0 Kid (Video)
Mrs. Elliot
 1991 Quiet Fire (Video)
Kim Martino
 1991 Rubin and Ed
Rula
 1991 Caged Fear
Blanche
 1991 The Killers Edge (Video)
Barrett
 1991 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Miss Kuchenbacker
- Ralph S. Mouse (1991) ... Miss Kuchenbacker
 1990 Evil Spirits
Ella Purdy
 1990 Club Fed
Sally Rich
 1990 Haunting Fear (Video)
Dr. Julia Harcourt
 1990 Night Angel
Rita
 1990 Zapped Again! (Video)
Substitute Teacher
 1990 Twisted Justice
Mrs. Granger
 1990 Overexposed
Mrs. Trowbridge
 1989 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Helen Jackson
- Victims of Circumstance (1989) ... Helen Jackson
 1988 Platinum Blonde (Short)
 1988 Out of the Dark
Ruth Wilson
 1988 Dixie Lanes
Zelma Putnam
 1988 The Invisible Kid
Mom / Deborah
 1987 Hostage
Laura Lawrence
 1985-1987 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Seawitch / Guest Interviewee
- Grimm Party (1985) ... Guest Interviewee
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Lee Jeffreys
- Suffer Little Children (1987) ... Lee Jeffreys
 1986 Invaders from Mars
Linda Magnusson
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dr. Sylvia Dunn
- One Good Bid Deserves a Murder (1986) ... Dr. Sylvia Dunn
 1985 Savage Dawn
Rachel
 1985 The Blue Man
Janus
 1985 Cut and Run
Karin
 1985 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Kay Mason
- Hired Help (1985) ... Kay Mason
 1984 Growing Pains
Gladys Fitzpatrick
 1982 Miss Right
Amy
 1982 The Last Horror Film
Karen Black (uncredited)
 1981 Separate Ways
Valentine Colby
 1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop (TV Movie)
Investigator Evelyn Carter
 1980 Where the Ladies Go (TV Movie)
Helen
 1980 Power (TV Movie)
Rose Vanda-Buchanan
 1979 Killer Fish
Kate Neville
 1979 The Last Word
Paula Herbert
 1979 Mr. Horn (TV Movie)
Ernestina Crawford
 1978 Because He's My Friend (TV Movie)
Anne
 1978 The Squeeze
Clarisse Saunders
 1976 Family Plot
Fran
 1976 Crime and Passion
Susan Winters
 1974 Law and Disorder
Gloria
 1974 Rhinoceros
Daisy
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Barbara Sanders
- Bad Connection (1972) ... Barbara Sanders
 1972 Cisco Pike
Sue
 1971 Born to Win
Parm
 1971 Drive, He Said
Olive
 1970/II Freedom (Short)
 1970 Hastings Corner (TV Movie)
Jenny Honker
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Monica Garrison
- Give Till It Hurts (1969) ... Monica Garrison
 1969 Easy Rider
Karen
 1969 Hard Contract
Ellen
 1968 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Susan Decker
- Log 132: Producer (1968) ... Susan Decker
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Alethea Staunton
- The Devil's Surrogate (1968) ... Alethea Staunton
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Elaine Tate
- License to Kill - Limit Three People (1968) ... Elaine Tate
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Patricia Dunne
- The Prisoners (1967) ... Patricia Dunne
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Claudia Stone
- The Ransom (1967) ... Claudia Stone
 1967 The Second Hundred Years (TV Series)
Marcia
- Luke Alikes (1967) ... Marcia
- On Bended Knee (1967) ... Marcia
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Carla Roberts
- Days of Grace (1967) ... Carla Roberts
 1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Jennifer Palmer
- Tell It to the Dead (1967) ... Jennifer Palmer
 1967 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Lorraine Chapman
- The Satellite (1967) ... Lorraine Chapman
 1966 You're a Big Boy Now
Amy Partlett
 1960 The Prime Time
Betty - Painted Woman
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Played Hilda Brady in "Keep It in the Family" on Broadway, 11/27/67-11/30/67. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 5 Articles | 10 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Karen Ziegler

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[re Bob Rafelson, director of Five Easy Pieces (1970) and her character in it] Rafelson thought I might be too complex for Rayette, but I told him I'm essentially simple, that really everybody is essentially simple, that we are all just beings who, uh, be. Certainly Rayette can just be. dig her, she's not dumb, she's just not into thinking. I didn't have to know anybody like her to play her. I ... See more »

Trivia:

She adopted a daughter, Celine Eckelberry (born 1987), with her husband Stephen Eckelberry. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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