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Fade to (Karen) Black

Karen Black, one of the faces of 1970s cinema, died on Aug. 8. Her obituary in the Washington Post, written by Adam Bernstein, has an almost perfect lede, encapsulating a life and an era in one paragraph:

Karen Black, an actress whose role as the acid-tripping prostitute in the movie “Easy Rider” launched her career as one of the emblematic tramps, vamps, kooks and down-and-outers of 1970s cinema, notably in “Five Easy Pieces,” “Nashville” and “The Great Gatsby,” died Aug. 8 at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 74.