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  • Karen Black

    Born on July 1, 1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois

awards & nominations

The Day of the Locust (1975)

Karen Black as "Faye Greener"

In 1930s Los Angeles, Hollywood shines like a beacon to all the helpless people scattered across the city. In one crumbling apartment block, a blond bombshell (Karen Black) aspires to be an actress, an artist (William Atherton) looks for legitimacy, and a child actor performs a gross homage to Mae West. Cockfights and poverty prevail out of the glow of show business. Introverted accountant Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland) watches as society collapses under greed and ambition.

Golden Globe (1975) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Karen Black as "Myrtle Wilson"

Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) is a young man from the Midwest living modestly among the decadent mansions of 1920s Long Island. He becomes involved in the life of the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a rich man who throws the most lavish parties on the island. But behind Gastby's outgoing demeanor is a lonely man who wants nothing more than to be with his old love, Daisy (Mia Farrow). She is married to the bullheaded Tom (Bruce Dern), creating a love triangle that will end in tragedy.

Golden Globe (1974) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Karen Black as "Rayette Dipesto"

Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection.

Academy Award (1970) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1970) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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