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Actress Karen Black Dies At 74

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 12:06 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Actress Karen Black died yesterday in Los Angeles, after a long battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Black was a prolific character actress. She was nominated for an Oscar, for her role in the 1970 flick "Five Easy Pieces." Her breakout role came a year earlier, in "Easy Rider."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "EASY RIDER")

KAREN BLACK: (As Karen) You're a freak, aren't you? I mean, is this really your hair? (Laughing)

DENNIS HOPPER: (As Billy) No, hey, really - what is this? Is this really your hair - are you kidding me? (Laughing)

BLACK: (As Karen) Well, what are these things?

HOPPER: (As Billy) What is this thing? What are these, huh? What are you trying to ...

BLACK: (As Karen) (Laughing) You know, I'm kind of a freak myself.

WERTHEIMER: That was Karen Black in "Easy Rider," with Dennis Hopper. Black appeared in more than 100 films. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.