Actress Karen Black Dies At 74

Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, has died in Los Angeles. Black's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress died Wednesday from cancer complications.

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Actress Karen Black died yesterday in Los Angeles, after a long battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.


Black was a prolific character actress. She was nominated for an Oscar, for her role in the 1970 flick "Five Easy Pieces." Her breakout role came a year earlier, in "Easy Rider."


KAREN BLACK: (As Karen) You're a freak, aren't you? I mean, is this really your hair? (Laughing)

DENNIS HOPPER: (As Billy) No, hey, really - what is this? Is this really your hair - are you kidding me? (Laughing)

BLACK: (As Karen) Well, what are these things?

HOPPER: (As Billy) What is this thing? What are these, huh? What are you trying to ...

BLACK: (As Karen) (Laughing) You know, I'm kind of a freak myself.

WERTHEIMER: That was Karen Black in "Easy Rider," with Dennis Hopper. Black appeared in more than 100 films.

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