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Karen Black Biography

Birth Name:
Karen Blanche Ziegler
Birth Place:
Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor, songwriter, playwright

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

  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1970Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1970National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1970New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner

Relationships