Let's Talk About Actress Karen Black: What Happened to Her Career?
Was reading a different thread about strange deaths of Hollywood actors and Elizabeth Hartman. From there I googled Hartman, landed on one of her films, You're A Big Boy Now, and read that it was also Karen Black's first film.
Lazy-eyed Karen went on to receive several actress nominations in the 70s and appeared in big films (Gatsby, Jimmy Dean, some Altman films)...and then she---POOF!-- disappeared. Now she shows up occasionally in B horror flicks. What happened?
Pshew..what can you say about Karen? The original "two-face", sometimes she looked hot and others..yikes. I did love "Burnt Offerings" and "Trilogy of Terror" though.
She couldn't stop dotting her tease and crossing her eyes.
[quote]Lazy-eyed Karen went on to receive several actress nominations in the 70s
She received one SUPPORTING nomination...please don't exaggerate
What happened? 40 happened.
I just know of Karen Black as a horror film actress from the '70s.
Please don't attempt to distract us with your ignorance, R5. Your lack of knowledge is something one would think you would conceal rather than prate about.
Black, alas, reached midlife and her exotic looks and mannerisms just became jokey. Also, she and her current husband (about 25 years for them) are Scientologists, which tends to crush careers among the mid- and lower-level devotees rather than lift them up.
And since she's a $cio it's also plain that she's a lunatic, so there's another reason for her career slowdown. She's worked plenty - just very little that got attention.
You aren't kidding r6. She was sometimes, dare I say, sexy back in the 70's but she did not age well. Her eyes seem worse. I did love her though, in Gatsby as well as her horror flicks.
She always looked unhinged - perfect for something as surreal as The Day of the Locust, but otherwise she's very genre film creepy landlady.
Speaking of eyes, what exactly happened to Frances Conroy's eye?
About 7 years ago she stopped me on the street to ask directions. She seemed totally unhinged and deranged.
If she's a Scieno, why did she choose to participate in gay-friendly indie films such as Gypsy 83?
r7 - was she trying to get to Memphis?
Karen works more than any of them, including Streep.
Her sister was Clarice.
The Connie Ford Troll
LUUUUUUUUv her band. It really starts @ 7:00. FAB!!!!
R3, actually she received several nominations if you'd lift your head out of the Academy Award gutter and acknowledge that there are many other awards out there, dimwit.
She DID NOT have a lazy eye!! It was just that her other eye was an over-achiever!
I was watching the DVD extras of "Burnt Offerings" and she seemed very self-centered, just talking about how she looked on film, and mad because Oliver Reed kept stealing scenes. It sounded like the other two guys didn't want her there at all.
I read she and Cher hated each other after that "Jimmy Dean" play.
Yeah, because Oliver Reed was hot. Wasn't Bette also in that movie, albeit briefly? I'm sure Karen wasn't the reason people wanted to see it.
Her son Hunter played Nastassya's son in Paris, Texas.
Wow, she's been married four times:
Stephen Eckelberry (27 September 1987 - present) 1 child
L.M. Kit Carson (4 July 1975 - 28 June 1983) (divorced) 1 child
Robert Burton (18 April 1973 - 23 October 1974) (divorced)
Charles Black (1955 - 1962) (divorced)
She did a one-woman show on that theatre row here in LA about a year ago?
There's no one left to fly the plane!
Karen Black as Nancy Pryor (Airport 1975)
More about deranged and unhinged Karen Black, please. What city was she in when she asked for directions, R9?
Love her in Burnt Offerings. Pretty entertaining movie. She was even better in Family Plot.
Can never forget her with Jack in 'Five Easy Pieces.' She was raw, tender and vulnerable - fully believable. And of course they had insane sex.
There's a Burnt Offerings DVD with Extras?! I have to get this.
I saw this tweet the other day and thought it was hilarious. Perfect for this thread.
[quote]She received one SUPPORTING nomination...please don't exaggerate
Don't be a dick.
Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting
Five Easy Pieces
Won Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress
Five Easy Pieces
Won Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress -
The Great Gatsby
Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture The Day of the Locust
Nominated Grammy Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special for Nashville
Won National Board Of Review Award Best Supporting Actress Five Easy Pieces
Won New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Five Easy Pieces
R30, thanks for the Coco thing with Karen--OP!
Yeah, What R32 said and more, ya big dummy!
"I've been waiting for you...Helen."
LOL, a new gay line destined for destiny!
She's a bit delusional ... did a recent interview with a big horror magazine ... and insisted many of her known horror movies weren't horror movies ...even 'Trilogy Of Terror'. Uhhhhh, okay Karen .....
R36, I was going to post the exact same thing. I've read two different interviews with her in the last year where she insists she's never done a horror movie. She has some weird hang-up about that genre for some reason. She tried to call some of them science fantasy (even "sci-fi" was too bourgeois) and then said the confusion was because of the name of the punk band Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. She's nuts but I still like her.
There is a fundraising thing going around Facebook today, asking people to donate to Karen's cancer treatements.
I love her in "Day of the Locust". She's pretty but not very bright, vindictive, dishonest, narcissistic, childish. A cheater, a user, a loser.
Imagine filmmakers having the courage to create a complex character like that today?
Battling Cancer for two years now. Husband says she “hardly move around and is mostly bed-bound.”
r32...dear we only count Oscars here at DL not the precursor awards....but I do feel sorry for Karen.
MAMIE! Bring me the checkbook!!!!!
Let's not forget that Alfred Hitchcock had Karen star in his last film FAMILY PLOT. Hitch always used the best actors.