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?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 43||03/27/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 1||03/23/2013|
She couldn't stop dotting her tease and crossing her eyes.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 2||03/23/2013|
[quote]Lazy-eyed Karen went on to receive several actress nominations in the 70s
She received one SUPPORTING nomination...please don't exaggerate
|by I Liked Her!||reply 3||03/23/2013|
What happened? 40 happened.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 4||03/23/2013|
I just know of Karen Black as a horror film actress from the '70s.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 5||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 6||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 7||03/23/2013|
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?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 8||03/23/2013|
About 7 years ago she stopped me on the street to ask directions. She seemed totally unhinged and deranged.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 9||03/23/2013|
If she's a Scieno, why did she choose to participate in gay-friendly indie films such as Gypsy 83?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 10||03/23/2013|
r7 - was she trying to get to Memphis?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 11||03/23/2013|
Karen works more than any of them, including Streep.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 12||03/23/2013|
LUUUUUUUUv her band. It really starts @ 7:00. FAB!!!!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 14||03/23/2013|
r14, I think you mean 1:00.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 15||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 16||03/23/2013|
She DID NOT have a lazy eye!! It was just that her other eye was an over-achiever!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 17||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 18||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 19||03/23/2013|
Her son Hunter played Nastassya's son in Paris, Texas.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 20||03/23/2013|
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)
|by I Liked Her!||reply 21||03/23/2013|
She did a one-woman show on that theatre row here in LA about a year ago?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 22||03/23/2013|
There's no one left to fly the plane!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 23||03/23/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 24||03/24/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 25||03/24/2013|
There's a Burnt Offerings DVD with Extras?! I have to get this.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 26||03/24/2013|
I saw this tweet the other day and thought it was hilarious. Perfect for this thread.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 27||03/24/2013|
that is brilliant r27 and does sum up this thread.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 28||03/24/2013|
LOL @ Karen Black w/ fan pic. Thanks for sharing!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 29||03/24/2013|
Here's a fairly recent Black interview with Coco Peru.
I couldn't get through it.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 30||03/24/2013|
[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
|by I Liked Her!||reply 32||03/24/2013|
R30, thanks for the Coco thing with Karen--OP!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 33||03/25/2013|
Yeah, What R32 said and more, ya big dummy!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 34||03/25/2013|
"I've been waiting for you...Helen."
LOL, a new gay line destined for destiny!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 35||03/25/2013|
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 .....
|by I Liked Her!||reply 36||03/25/2013|
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.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 37||03/25/2013|
There is a fundraising thing going around Facebook today, asking people to donate to Karen's cancer treatements.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 38||03/25/2013|
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?
|by I Liked Her!||reply 39||03/25/2013|
Battling Cancer for two years now. Husband says she “hardly move around and is mostly bed-bound.”
|by I Liked Her!||reply 40||03/25/2013|
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!!!!!
|by I Liked Her!||reply 41||03/25/2013|
Let's not forget that Alfred Hitchcock had Karen star in his last film FAMILY PLOT. Hitch always used the best actors.
|by I Liked Her!||reply 43||03/27/2013|