Karen Black

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Karen Black
Birth name Karen Blanche Ziegler
Born July 1, 1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
Died August 8, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, USA from periampullary cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The F.B.I. Lorraine Chapman 2x27 - The Satellite April 2, 1967
Run for Your Life Jennifer Palmer 2x28 - Tell It to the Dead April 10, 1967
The Big Valley Carla 2x29 - Days of Grace April 17, 1967
The Iron Horse Patricia Dunne 2x16 - The Prisoners December 30, 1967
Mannix Elaine Tate 1x16 - License to Kill - Limit Three People January 13, 1968
Judd for the Defense Alethea Staunton 1x23 - The Devil's Surrogate February 23, 1968
Adam-12 Susan Decker 1x10 - Log 132: Producer November 30, 1968
Saturday Night Live Host 2x04 - Karen Black/John Prine October 16, 1976
Saturday Night Live Host 6x07 - Karen Black/Cheap Trick, Stanley Clarke Trio January 17, 1981
Murder, She Wrote Dr. Sylvia Dunn 2x17 - One Good Bid Deserves a Murder February 23, 1986
Miami Vice Helen Jackson 5x16 - Victims of Circumstance May 5, 1989
In the Heat of the Night Carla Ray 6x18 - A Dish Best Served Cold March 17, 1993
Party of Five Doreen Jablonsky 5x10 - One Christmas to Go December 16, 1998
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Vera 2x10 - Con-Text January 5, 2003

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Trilogy of Terror Julie, et al. March 4, 1975 ABC Movie of the Week

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (1971)
Five Easy Pieces
  • Won: Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (1975)
The Great Gatsby