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Karen Black, Easy Rider actress dies aged 74

By August 9, 2013General Posts

Black landed her breakout role in 1969's Easy Rider

Hollywood star Karen Black, who featured in cult films such as Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, has died aged 74.

Hugely prolific, the Illinois-born actress appeared in more than 100 movies over a career spanning 40 years.

She shot to fame in 1969, starring as a prostitute in Easy Rider opposite Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.

She died at a clinic in Los Angeles, three years after she was diagnosed with cancer.

She earned an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for her role as Rayette Dipesto in the 1970 film Five Easy Pieces, opposite Jack Nicholson, as a waitress who dates an upper-class dropout.

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Karen Black earned an Oscar nomination for her role opposite Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces

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