Karen Black of 'Easy Rider' fame dies of cancer at 74

August 9, 2013 6:27 AM

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Karen Black of 'Easy Rider' fame dies of cancer at 74

Black, who was born Karen Ziegler, will be remembered by some for her creepy turn in 'Trilogy of Terror.' But she first gained fame in 1969 with the counterculture classic 'Easy Rider,' playing a hooker who tags along with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on a bad LSD trip.

Karen Black, the quirky but sultry actress known for counterculture films like “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “Nashville,” has died of cancer, her husband said Thursday. She was 74.

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