Karen Black

Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various independent films in the 1970s. She received numerous accolades throughout her career, including three Golden Globe Award nominations, two of which she won, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

A native of Illinois, Black studied acting in New York City and performed on Broadway before making her major film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now (1966). She followed this with roles in Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), and The Great Gatsby (1974), for the latter two of which she won Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress; her performance in Five Easy Pieces also garnered her an Academy Award nomination.

In 1975, she appeared in Dan Curtis's cult horror films Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings; Robert Altman's Nashville, and The Day of the Locust, which earned her a third Golden Globe nomination. Other roles include Airport 1975 (1974), Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), and Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars (1986).

In the 1990s, Black starred in a variety of arthouse and horror films, as well as writing her own screenplays before appearing in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (2003), which cemented her status as a cult horror icon.[1] Black continued to star in low-profile films throughout the early 2000s, as well as working as a playwright before being diagnosed with ampullary cancer in 2010. She died of the disease in Santa Monica in August 2013. Black's career spanned over 50 years, and includes nearly 200 film credits.[1]

Karen Black
Karen Black Five Easy Pieces 1970
Black in Five Easy Pieces, 1970.
Karen Blanche Ziegler

July 1, 1939
DiedAugust 8, 2013 (aged 74)
Alma materMaine Township High School East
Northwestern University
OccupationActress, screenwriter, singer, composer
Years active1960–2013
Charles Black (m. 1960)

Robert Burton (m. 1973–1974)

L. M. Kit Carson (m. 1975–1983)

Stephen Eckelberry (m. 1987–2013)
Children3, including Hunter Carson
RelativesGail Brown (sister)

Early life

Black was born as Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, in suburban Chicago, the daughter of Elsie Mary (née Reif), a writer of several prize-winning children's novels, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman.[2][3][4] Her paternal grandfather was Arthur Charles Ziegler, a classical musician and first violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.[5] She had one sister, actress Gail Brown, and a brother. Black was of German, Bohemian (Czech) and Norwegian descent.[6] The Zieglers came to the United States from Southern Germany from the area of Neukirch (Rottweil) between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura.

She graduated from Maine Township High School East in 1957. After high school, Black enrolled at Northwestern University, where she majored in theatre arts.[7]


Early work: 1960–1970

Black made her Broadway debut in 1965's The Playroom, which received good reviews and for which she was nominated for a Drama Circle Critic Award for Best Actress. Her film debut was in The Prime Time (1960) and her first big role was in You're a Big Boy Now (1966), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Beginning in 1967, she appeared in guest roles in several television series, including The F.B.I., Run for Your Life, The Big Valley, The Iron Horse, The Invaders, Mannix and Adam-12.

Her feature film career expanded in 1969, playing the role of an acid-tripping prostitute opposite Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in the iconic counterculture movie Easy Rider. In 1970, Black appeared as Rayette, the waitress girlfriend of Jack Nicholson, in the film Five Easy Pieces, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and earned her her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture. She also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.[8]

Breakthrough and success in Hollywood: 1971–1985

Karen Black - Ace
Black in Ace Up My Sleeve, 1976

Black played an unfaithful wife, Myrtle Wilson, in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, a performance that earned her a second Golden Globe Award in the same category. In the same year she starred as Nancy Pryor, the stewardess who is forced to fly the plane, in the disaster film Airport 1975 (1974).[7] In 1975, she played multiple roles in Dan Curtis's televised anthology film Trilogy of Terror. The segments, all written by suspense writer Richard Matheson, were named after the women involved in the plot — a plain college professor seemingly seduced by a handsome cad of a student ("Julie"), a pair of sisters who squabble over their father's inheritance ("Millicent and Therese"), and the lonely recipient of a cursed Zuni fetish that comes to life and pursues her relentlessly ("Amelia").[9][10]

Black received another Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress for her role as an aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood in John Schlesinger's tragic drama The Day of the Locust (1975). She also starred as a country singer in Robert Altman's Nashville (also 1975) and as a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, Family Plot (1976). She reunited with director Dan Curtis to star in the horror film Burnt Offerings (1976). She played a dual role in a 1977 thriller, The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver. Other notable films from the 1970s include Born to Win (1971) with George Segal and Robert De Niro, Cisco Pike (1972) with Kris Kristofferson and Gene Hackman, Portnoy's Complaint (1972) with Richard Benjamin, The Pyx (1973) with Christopher Plummer, The Outfit (1973) with Robert Duvall, Rhinoceros (1974) with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, and Capricorn One (1978) with Elliott Gould.

In September 1976 Black traveled to Toronto to be a guest star on the popular variety program The Bobby Vinton Show, which aired across the United States and Canada. Black shared her singing talents performing "Lonely Now", and joined Bobby in a medley of country oldies. In 1980, Black starred in a made-for-TV movie Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop. In 1982, she gave a critically acclaimed performance in Robert Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, where she starred alongside Cher and Sandy Dennis. From 1984-85, she played Sheila Sheinfeld on E/R. Other television credits include Saturday Night Live, Murder, She Wrote, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Later work and playwrighting: 1986–2013

Black's later career emphasized numerous horror roles, beginning in Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars (1986), which she starred in with her son, Hunter Carson. As her later career progressed, Black gained a cult following, as alluded to by Family Guy television anchor Tom Tucker in his remark, "Karen Black: what an obscure reference." in the episode Death Is a Bitch (season 2, episode 6). Other horror roles included as a troubled single mother in Mirror, Mirror (1990), Children of the Night (1991), and as a paranoid mother in small-town Nebraska in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), alongside Naomi Watts. In 1997, she played Lady Byron in the feminist science fiction feature Conceiving Ada (Dir. Lynn Hershmann Leeson), about a contemporary scientist who uses software to make contact with the Victorian pioneer of computer programming Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron.

In 2003, Black starred as Mother Firefly in the Rob Zombie horror movie House of 1000 Corpses.[11] In March 2005, Black received the Best Actress Award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, for her work in the critically acclaimed Steve Balderson film Firecracker (2005), in which she played two roles, Sandra and Eleanor. She and actor John Hurt were also presented with Career Achievement Awards.

Black launched a career as a playwright in May 2007 with the opening of Missouri Waltz at the Blank Theater in Los Angeles; Black starred in the play as well. In April 2009, Black worked with director Steve Balderson for Stuck!, a homage to film noir women-in-prison dramas, which co-starred Mink Stole, Pleasant Gehman and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's. She starred in John Landis's 2010 thriller Some Guy Who Kills People,[12] as well as Aïda Ruilova's surrealist short film Meet the Eye (2009). Later that year, Black appeared on Cass McCombs' song "Dreams-Come-True-Girl" from the album Catacombs.

The experimental hip-hop group Death Grips released a video on YouTube called "Bottomless Pit" in October 2015. The video shows footage of Black reciting lines from a film script written by the group's drummer/co-producer Zach Hill. The footage was shot in early 2013.[13]

Personal life

Black in 2010.

Black married four times:

Black was noted for her distinctive eyes, which gave her a slightly "cross-eyed" appearance,[18] although she stated in a 1982 interview that she had not been clinically diagnosed as such.[19]


After her final films were released in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer and stopped making public appearances. She had a portion of her pancreas removed that year and endured two further operations.[20]

She was invited to attend the premiere of River Phoenix's last on-screen performance in the salvaged feature film Dark Blood, in which she had played a small part in the original early 1990s shoot. Black was unable to attend the event, held in the Netherlands in September 2012, due to her illness.[15]

On August 8, 2013, Black died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California[20] from ampullary cancer at age 74.[21] Actress Juliette Lewis paid tribute, saying "Karen Black was my mentor and a second mother to me. She inspired everyone she came in contact with."[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Prime Time Betty - Painted Woman
1966 You're a Big Boy Now Amy Partlett
1969 Hard Contract Ellen
Easy Rider Karen
1970 Five Easy Pieces Rayette Dipesto Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture (tied with Maureen Stapleton for Airport)
Laurel Award for Star of Tomorrow (runner-up)
Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance (runner-up)
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (runner-up)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1971 Drive, He Said Olive
A Gunfight Jenny Simms
Born to Win Parm
1972 Cisco Pike Sue
Portnoy's Complaint Mary Jane Reid - The Monkey
1973 Little Laura and Big John Laura
The Pyx Elizabeth Lucy
The Outfit Bett Harrow
1974 Rhinoceros Daisy
The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Law and Disorder Gloria
Airport 1975 Nancy Pryor
1975 Trilogy of Terror Julie
Millicent Larimore
Therese Larimore
TV movie
The Day of the Locust Faye Greener Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nashville Connie White Nominated—Grammy Award for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special
1976 Crime and Passion Susan Winters
Family Plot Fran
Burnt Offerings Marian Rolf Sitges-Catalan International Film Festival Best Actress Award
1977 Capricorn One Judy Drinkwater
1978 The Rip-Off Clarisse Saunders
In Praise of Older Women Maya
1979 Killer Fish Kate Neville
The Last Word Paula Herbert
1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop Officer Evelyn Carter TV movie
1981 Separate Ways Valentine Colby
Killing Heat Mary Turner
Chanel Solitaire Emilienne d'Alençon
1982 The Last Horror Film Karen Black Uncredited
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Joanne
Miss Right Amy
1983 Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? Zee
1984 Bad Manners Gladys Fitzpatrick (also released as Growing Pains)
A Stroke of Genius
1985 Martin's Day Karen
Cut and Run Karin
The Blue Man aka Eternal Evil Janus
Savage Dawn Rachel
1986 Flight of the Spruce Goose Gloria
Invaders from Mars Linda Magnusson
Hostage Laura Lawrence
1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Ellen Jarvis
1988 The Invisible Kid Deborah Dunn
Dixie Lanes Zelma Putnam
Out of the Dark Ruth Wilson
1989 Homer and Eddie Belle
The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Martha Gelhorn
1990 Overexposed Mrs. Trowbridge
Twisted Justice Mrs. Granger
Zapped Again! Substitute Teacher
Night Angel Rita
Club Fed Sally Rich
Mirror, Mirror Susan Gordon
The Children Sybil Lullmer
Fatal Encounter
Evil Spirits Ella Purdy
1991 Caged Fear Blanche
Rubin and Ed Rula
Children of the Night Karen Thompson
The Roller Blade Seven Tarot
1992 The Player Herself
Tuesday Never Comes Michelle
Judgment Tiffany Powers
Auntie Lee's Meat Pies Auntie Lee
The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven Tarot
The Double 0 Kid Mrs. Elliot
1993 Bound and Gagged: A Love Story Carla
The Trust Maria Vandermeer
Dark Blood Motel Woman (completed in 2012)
Return of the Roller Blade Seven Tarot
1994 Too Bad About Jack
1995 Plan 10 from Outer Space Nehor
The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley Evelyn
Starstruck Bertha
1996 Sister Island (orig. Cries Of Silence) Rose Walsh
Crimetime Millicent
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering June Rhodes
Movies Money Murder Bettie
Every Minute is Goodbye Schubert
Dinosaur Valley Girls Ro-Kell
1997 Stir Dr. Gabrielle Kessler
Conceiving Ada Lady Byron
Mother Coer
Men Alex also screenwriter
Dogtown Rose Van Horn Hermosa Beach Film Festival Best Actress Award (also for Sugar: The Fall of the West)
Modern Rhapsody
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Whip Lady
Sugar: The Fall of the West
Bury the Evidence The Mother
Malaika Jessica Martin
Charades Jude
Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin Dental Assistant Short film
Stripping for Jesus Short film
Light Speed High Priestess
1999 The Underground Comedy Movie Mother
Mascara Aunt Eloise
Paradise Cove Ma
2000 Fallen Arches Lucy Romano Chicago Alt. Film Festival Best Actress Award
Red Dirt Aunt Summer
Oliver Twisted Mrs. Mary Happ
Inviati speciali
The Independent Herself
2001 The Donor Mrs. Springle
Gypsy 83 Bambi LeBleau
Hard Luck Aunt Judy
Soulkeeper Magnificent Martha
2002 Teknolust Dirty Dick
Curse of the Forty-Niner Aunt Nelly
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Mother Firefly Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
Paris Chantrelle
Buttleman Mrs. Buttleman
Summer Solstice Dr. Sally McDermott
2004 America Brown Marianne Brown
Birth of Industry Sara Short film
2005 Compartment Kate Burns Voice
My Suicidal Sweetheart Grace's Mom (released as Crazy for Love)
Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Agrippina Short film
Firecracker Sandra
International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actress
New York VisionFest Outstanding Achievement Award
Dr. Rage Molly
2006 Hollywood Dreams Luna
Read You Like a Book Kate
Whitepaddy Mrs. Leider
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Renee
One Long Night Barbara
2008 Contamination Mavis
Watercolors Mrs. Martin
The Blue Tooth Virgin Zena
A Single Woman Storyteller
2009 Meet the Eye Short film
Irene in Time Sheila Shivvers
Repo Chick Aunt de la Chasse
Stuck! Next Door Neighbor Lady
Double Duty Annabelle
First Time Long Time Dr. Shneidel Short film
2010 Nothing Special May
2011 Some Guy Who Kills People Ruth Boyd
Letters from the Big Man Sean's Colleague
OowieWanna The Donna Short film
Maria My Love Maria
2012 Mommy's Little Monster Mrs. Melnick
Warnings from the Bathtub Mother Short film
Vacationland Louise Bergen
Dark Blood Motel Woman
2013 Ooga Booga Mrs. Allardyce
She Loves Me Not Karla
Bottomless Pit Herself Unfinished film by Zach Hill
2014 Wild in Blue Justine
A Walk Into a Split Mind Karen
5th Annual World Music & Independent Film Festival Herself

Source:"Karen Black". IMDb. Retrieved 7 March 2014.


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External links

1977 Australian Film Institute Awards

The 1977 Australian Film Awards ceremony, presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), honoured the best Australian films of 1976, and took place on 21 September 1977 at Regent Theatre, in Sydney, New South Wales. The awards were televised on ABC. Actors Keir Dullea and

Karen Black, and former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton hosted the show.

Don's Party won six awards including Best Direction and Best Actress. Other winners were The Picture Show Man with four awards, and Storm Boy with two awards including Best Film and the Jury Prize. Charles Chauvel was awarded the Raymond Longford Award posthumously.

Airport 1975

Airport 1975 (also known as Airport '75) is a 1974 American air disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport. Airport 1975 is directed by Jack Smight, produced by William Frye and Jennings Lang and has a screenplay by Don Ingalls. The film stars Charlton Heston, Karen Black and George Kennedy, as well as Gloria Swanson in her final screen appearance.The plot concerns the dramatic events aboard an airborne Boeing 747 when a small aircraft crashes into the cockpit causing the fatalities of senior crew and the blinding of the pilot with no one aboard qualified to take the controls. Airport 1975 was the seventh highest-grossing movie of 1974 at the U.S.A. and Canada box office.

Ali Baba Goes to Town

Ali Baba Goes to Town is a 1937 film starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, and Roland Young. Cantor plays a hobo named Aloysius "Al" Babson, who walks into the camp of a movie company that is making the Arabian Nights. He falls asleep and dreams he is in Baghdad as an advisor to the Sultan (Young). He organizes work programs, taxes the rich, and abolishes the army, in a spoof of Roosevelt's New Deal.

The cast also includes Gypsy Rose Lee, using the stage name of Louise Hovick, as the Sultana.

The Raymond Scott Quintette also appears, performing "Twilight In Turkey."

A clip from Ali Baba Goes to Town is shown in the movie The Day of the Locust (1975), in which Karen Black plays an aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood. A brief shot of Black is edited into the Ali Baba footage to create the impression that her character played a bit role in that film.

Burnt Offerings (film)

Burnt Offerings is a 1976 American mystery horror film co-written and directed by Dan Curtis and starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed and Bette Davis, and Lee H. Montgomery, with Eileen Heckart, Burgess Meredith and Anthony James in smaller roles. It is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. The story concerns a family who moves into an old house with a strange history.

While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it won several awards in 1977. Originally set on Long Island, New York, the movie moves the action to California and was the first movie to be filmed at Dunsmuir House in Oakland, California.

Chanel Solitaire

Chanel Solitaire is a 1981 British-French historical drama film directed by George Kaczender and starring Marie-France Pisier, Timothy Dalton, Rutger Hauer, Brigitte Fossey, Karen Black, Lambert Wilson. The film's subject was Coco Chanel. Its budget was around $7 million.

Charades (film)

Charades (also known as Felons or First Degree) is a 1998 mystery drama film directed by Stephen Eckelberry. The film stars Erika Eleniak, C. Thomas Howell, and Karen Black, who was a writer and producer on the film.

Family Plot

Family Plot is a 1976 American Technicolor comedy thriller film that was the final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern, which Ernest Lehman adapted for the screen. The film stars Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris and William Devane. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.The story involves two couples: one a "fake" psychic and her cab driving boyfriend, the other a pair of professional thieves and kidnappers. Their lives come into conflict because of a search for a missing heir. The film's title is a pun: "family plot" can refer to an area in a cemetery that has been bought by one family for the burial of its various relatives; in this case it also means a dramatic plot line involving various family members.

Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, and Sally Struthers in supporting roles.

The film tells the story of surly oil rig worker Bobby Dupea, whose rootless blue-collar existence belies his privileged youth as a piano prodigy. When Bobby learns that his father is dying, he goes home to see him, taking along his waitress girlfriend.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards, and, in 2000, was selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry.

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year.

The formal title has varied since its inception; since 2005, the award has officially been called "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture".

Hollywood Dreams

Hollywood Dreams is a 2006 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Henry Jaglom. The film stars Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, David Proval, Karen Black, Eric Roberts, and Seymour Cassel.

Kembra Pfahler

Kembra Pfahler (born August 4, 1961 in Hermosa Beach, California, United States) is an American filmmaker associated with the Cinema of Transgression, a performance artist, rock musician, and film actress.

She is mostly known as the lead singer of the glam, punk, shock rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and for the often nude and sexual nature of her art exhibits. Pfahler has been called the "godmother of modern day shock art" .

Nashville (film)

Nashville is a 1975 American satirical musical comedy-drama film directed by Robert Altman. The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. The characters' efforts to succeed or hold on to their success are interwoven with the efforts of a political operative and a local businessman to stage a concert rally before the state's presidential primary for a populist outsider running for President on the Replacement Party ticket.

Nashville is often noted for its scope. The work contains 24 main characters, an hour of musical numbers, and multiple storylines. Its large ensemble cast includes David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Timothy Brown, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert DoQui, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, David Hayward, Michael Murphy, Allan F. Nicholls, Dave Peel, Cristina Raines, Bert Remsen, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, and Keenan Wynn.

Nashville opened to strongly positive reviews and won numerous awards. It is considered Altman's masterpiece, and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1992.

The Day of the Locust (film)

The Day of the Locust is a 1975 American drama film directed by John Schlesinger, and starring William Atherton, Karen Black, Donald Sutherland, and Geraldine Page. The screenplay by Waldo Salt is based on the 1939 novel of the same title by Nathanael West. Set in Hollywood, California just prior to World War II, it depicts the alienation and desperation of a disparate group of individuals whose dreams of success have failed to come true.

The Great Gatsby (1974 film)

The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. The film stars Robert Redford in the title role of Jay Gatsby, along with Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson and Lois Chiles, with Howard Da Silva (who previously appeared in the 1949 version), Roberts Blossom and Edward Herrmann. A third film, starring Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, was released in 2013.

The Outfit (1973 film)

The Outfit is a 1973 crime film directed by John Flynn. It stars Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker and Robert Ryan.

Flynn's screenplay is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Richard Stark, pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake. It features a character modeled on Stark's fictional character Parker, who was introduced in The Hunter.

The Road to Freedom (L. Ron Hubbard album)

The Road to Freedom is a 1986 record album by L. Ron Hubbard & Friends. Artists that worked on the album include John Travolta, Chick Corea, Leif Garrett, Frank Stallone, and Karen Black.

Trilogy of Terror

Trilogy of Terror is a 1975 American made-for-television anthology horror film directed by Dan Curtis and starring Karen Black. It features three segments, each based on unrelated short stories by Richard Matheson. The first follows a college professor who seeks vengeance over her date rape; the second is about two twin sisters who have a bizarre relationship; and the third focuses on a woman terrorized by a Zuni fetish doll in her apartment. Black stars in all three segments, and plays dual roles in the second.

The film was first aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 4, 1975. Black initially turned down the project, but reconsidered when her then-husband, Robert Burton, was cast in the first segment ("Julie"). A television film sequel, Trilogy of Terror II, written and also directed by Dan Curtis was released in 1996.

Vassilis Photopoulos

Vassilis Photopoulos (Greek: Βασίλης Φωτόπουλος) (1934, Kalamata – January 14, 2007, Athens, Greece) was an influential Greek painter, film director, art director and set designer.

He was an Academy Award winner for the film Zorba the Greek for art direction.

Vassilis Photopoulos was born in Kalamata and studied painting at a very young age under Vangelis Drakos. He appeared for the first time on the Art scene as the stage designer for play "Servant Lady", in the Athens Opera House.

He also worked for the National Greek Theatre, the Public Theatre of Northern Greece, and the Liberal Theatre.

In 1966, he worked with Francis Ford Coppola in the film You're a Big Boy Now, which starred Geraldine Page, Rip Torn, Karen Black, Julie Harris and Elizabeth Hartman (see [1]).

He died in Athens in 2007, aged 72.

Awards for Karen Black

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