Thursday, August 8, 2013
Karen Black has died at 74.
Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, confirmed the death on Facebook on Thursday. The actress, famous for her performances in "Five Easy Pieces" and "Easy Rider" and "Nashville," had cancer.
Diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010, the actress was forced to turn to crowd-funding when her disease recurred in June 2012. Black's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, turned to the website GoFundMe.com, to raise money to support a two-month clinical treatment in Europe for the actress.
Among her most famous roles was the pregnant girlfriend of Jack Nicholson's character in "Five Easy Pieces" (1971) for which she would receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She would also play an aspiring actress in "Day of the Locusts" (1976), a country singer in "Nashville" (1975), a sexually confidant lover in "Portnoy's Complaint" (1973) and a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock's final film "Family Plot" (1976).