Karen Black

  • Birth Name: Karen Blanche Ziegler
  • Birth Place: Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
  • Died: August 8, 2013
  • Profession: Actor, Songwriter, Playwright
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Fast Facts

  • Began taking college courses at the age of 16, only to drop out to pursue acting.
  • Wrote the songs "Memphis" and "Rolling Stone," which she sang in character as Connie White in the 1975 film Nashville.
  • Known to fans of punk-glam rock through the band called the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, fronted by Kembra Pfahler.  
  • Debuted as a playwright with 2007's Missouri Waltz, in which she also starred.
  • Belongs to the Church of Scientology with her fourth husband, Stephen.

Awards

  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Celine Eckelberry — Daughter
  • Hunter Carson — Son
  • Charles Black — Ex-husband
  • L.M. Kit Carson — Ex-husband
  • Stephen Eckelberry — Husband
  • Norman Arthur Ziegler — Father
  • Robert Burton — Ex-husband
  • Arthur Charles Ziegler — Grandfather
  • Elsie Reif — Mother

College

  • Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States

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