Karen Black

Karen Black


7/1/1939, Park Ridge, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Karen Blanche Ziegler



Also Known As

Karen Ziegler
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Karen Black is an American actress from Park Ridge, Illinois, who entered college when she was 15-years-old. Black found her calling after an Off-Broadway producer cast her in a Shakespearean play. The actress took on odd jobs to pay the bills while living in New York, including professional…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Karen made her film debut in the 1960 picture The Prime Time.

    • Karen was the inspiration of the name of the glam/punk band, led by Kembra Pfahlet "The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black."

    • Karen is referenced in Cracker's song 'Dr. Bernice', the lyric is: 'Though the wind may whisper an epic sometime / The cast must include Karen Black.'

    • Karen played Hilda Brady in the Broadway production of "Keep It in the Family" from 11/27/67 until 11/30/67. Karen appeared in the Broadway production of "Happily Never After" from 3/10/66 till 3/12/66. Karen appeared in the Broadway production of "The Playroom" from 12/5/65 until 1/1/66.

    • In 2005, Karen won the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto in the category of Best Actress for her role in the 2004 film Firecracker.

    • In 1977, Karen won the Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley Best Award at the Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
      for her role in the 1976 film Burnt Offerings.

    • In 1999, Karen won the Indie Supporter Award at the Method Fest Awards.

    • Karen stands at 5'7" (1.70 m).

    • Karen appeared in The Ramones music video for "Substitute."

    • Karen has over 100 film performances to her credit.

    • In 2006, Karen was nominated for a TV Land Award in the category of Blockbuster Movie of the Week for her role in the 1975 television movie Trilogy of Terror.

    • In 1970, Karen won the NYFCC Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress
      for her role in the 1970 film Five Easy Pieces.

    • According to Celebrity Sleuth Magazine, Karen's measurements are 35-24-35 1/2.

    • Karen has two children.

    • Karen is a member of the Church of Scientology.

    • In 1975, Karen was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Series for the film Nashville.

  • Quotes

    • Karen (on the craft of acting): That's really what acting is: you imagine things, then you respond naturally to what you've imagined.

    • Karen: My God, there aren't any more movie stars, which is terrific with me, it's very healthy. A lot of love now occurs in the business, people helping each other to do good work, getting high on each other's success. Isn't that great?

    • Karen: Every time you do a part you try to find out what it would really be like to be that person, no matter who she is.