Fade to (Karen) Black

Jason Dick
Posted August 11, 2013 at 12:20pm

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.