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Fri August 9, 2013
Actress Karen Black Dies At 74
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 12:06 pm
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.