Date of Birth : Jul 1st 1939
Black made her Broadway debut in 1965’s The Playroom, which received good reviews and for which she was nominated for a Drama Circle Critic Award for Best Actress. Her film debut was in The Prime Time (1960) and her first big role came in You’re a Big Boy Now (1966), which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Black became a well-known actress after her role as Karen in Easy Rider (1969). She has over 100 film performances to her credit, including her role as a kidnapping accomplice in the final film Alfred Hitchcock directed, Family Plot (1976), and her turn as Rayette Dipesto in Five Easy Pieces (1970), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Five Easy Pieces as well as a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby (1974).
She was also nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama for her role as Faye Greener in The Day of the Locust (1975). She starred in Airport 1975 as Chief Cabin Attendant Nancy Pryor with a memorable line: “There’s no one left to fly the plane!”
Black was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Series for the film Nashville (1975). She starred in the Dan Curtis horror film about a haunted house, Burnt Offerings (1976), which featured Bette Davis in one of her final roles. She then appeared in a dual role in a 1977 thriller The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver.
She starred as Mother Firefly in the 2003 Rob Zombie horror movie House of 1000 Corpses.
In March 2005, Black received the Best Actress Award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, for her work in the critically-acclaimed Steve Balderson film Firecracker (2005), in which she plays two roles, Sandra and Eleanor. She and actor John Hurt were both presented with Career Achievement Awards as well.