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Karen Black


Miami Vice Performer
July 1, 1939, Park Ridge, Illinois
August 8, 2013, Los Angeles, California (age 74, cancer)
Charles Black (1955-1962, divorced)
Robert Burton (1973-74, divorced)
L.M. Kit Carson (1975-1983, divorced), one child
Stephen Eckelberry (1987-2013, her death), one child

Karen Blanche Ziegler (July 1, 1939 - August 8, 2013) is an American actress known as Karen Black. She appeared as Helen Jackson, daughter of accused Nazi war criminal Hans Kozak in the episode "Victims of Circumstance" of the series Miami Vice.


Black began her career in the movies, debuting in the 1959 film The Prime Time, other roles include Easy Rider, her Academy-Award nominated role in Five Easy Pieces (with John P. Ryan), The Great Gatsby, Airport 1975, The Day of the Locust (with Pepe Serna), Nashville (for which she received a Grammy nomination for the movie's soundtrack), Family Plot (with Ed Lauter), Mirror Mirror (with Rainbow Harvest), Judgement (with Lauter, Daniel Villareal, and Francesco Quinn), Final Judgement (with Brad Dourif and Isaac Hayes), and her final film appearance, 2013's The Being Experience.

Her TV debut was in the series The F.B.I., followed by appearances in The Big Valley, Adam-12, Murder, She Wrote, Profiler, Party of Five, and her final TV appearance, 2010's Funny or Die.

Personal Life

Black married Charles Black in 1955 until their 1962 divorce, then was married to actor Robert Burton from 1973 until their 1974 divorce, Black then married L.M. Kit Carson in 1975 until their 1983 divorce, they have one son, Hunter (born 1975), then in 1987 Black married writer/director Stephen Eckelberry, they have one adopted daughter, Celine.


Black died of ampullary (bile duct) cancer on August 8, 2013, at the age of 74, per a Facebook posting from Eckelberry.