8 August 2013 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karen Black, who was Oscar-nommed for “Five Easy Pieces” and starred in films including “Nashville,” and “Easy Rider,” died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. She was 74.

Her husband Stephen Eckelberry announced her death on Facebook, saying “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago. Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.”

Among her other roles were Nancy Pryor, the stewardess who is forced to fly the plane in 1974′s “Airport 1975,” as an actress in John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust” and as a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film “Family Plot.”

Born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Ill., she attended Northwestern U. and before moving to New York to appear in Off-Broadway productions. »

- Pat Saperstein

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