Karen Black

1939 - 2013

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Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her work in various studio and independent films in the 1970s, frequently portraying eccentric and offbeat characters, and established herself as a figure of New Hollywood. Her career spanned over 50 years and includes nearly 200 credits in both independent and mainstream films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karen Black has received more than 3,302,117 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Karen Black is the 1,272nd most popular actor (up from 1,327th in 2019), the 2,324th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,426th in 2019) and the 630th most popular American Actor.

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  • 66.05

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  • 43

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  • 2.69

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  • 4.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Karen Black ranks 1,272 out of 10,030Before her are James Doohan, Eva Dahlbeck, George Sanders, Daniel Olbrychski, Peter Vaughan, and Ken Takakura. After her are Patricia Clarkson, Teri Hatcher, Jessica Biel, Jeff Daniels, Edwige Fenech, and Lea Thompson.

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Among people born in 1939, Karen Black ranks 123Before her are Warda Al-Jazairia, Peter Bogdanovich, Alan Baker, Ali Farka Touré, Grace Slick, and Yoshinobu Ishii. After her are Leo Brouwer, Tarcisio Burgnich, Paul Sorvino, Norman Davies, Kim Jae-ryong, and Robert James Waller. Among people deceased in 2013, Karen Black ranks 107Before her are Sergei Belov, Otto Sander, Joe Weider, Glafcos Clerides, José Froilán González, and Taihō Kōki. After her are Nguyễn Khánh, Van Cliburn, Jacques Vergès, Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, Deanna Durbin, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Karen Black ranks 2,324 out of 15,968Before her are Peter Diamond (1940), Richard R. Schrock (1945), Chris Brown (1989), Pinetop Perkins (1913), Robert Sternberg (1949), and Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889). After her are Patricia Clarkson (1959), Stephen Crane (1871), Gerry Mulligan (1927), Teri Hatcher (1964), William Joyce (1906), and Jessica Biel (1982).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Karen Black ranks 630Before her are Olympia Dukakis (1931), Sam Rockwell (1968), James Tolkan (1931), Piper Laurie (1932), Stockard Channing (1944), and Charles Durning (1923). After her are Patricia Clarkson (1959), Teri Hatcher (1964), Jessica Biel (1982), Jeff Daniels (1955), Lea Thompson (1961), and James Franco (1978).

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