R.I.P. Karen Black (1939-2013)

Prolific actress Karen Black recently passed away from cancer. imdb clocks her at 194 roles but I’ll always remember her for her mid-70s run of Family Plot, Capricorn One, Burnt Offerings, Trilogy of Terror and Airport 1975. Netflix does not have her best work available but here is where you can see her on instant:

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (1974) – Rated PG

Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Beyond Gatsby’s grasp, Daisy is married to unfaithful Tom, making for a love triangle that ends with broken hearts.”

AKA That other version of Gatsby that misfired. I can’t really recommend this but Black does give a good supporting performance here.

Crime and Passion

Crime and Passion (1976) – Rated R

To save his own skin, embattled financial advisor Andre (Omar Sharif) convinces his mistress, Susan (Karen Black), to marry his outraged client, Rolf (Bernhard Wicki), a wealthy businessman. But when Rolf targets them both for murder, the deceptive couple’s precarious plan backfires. With an intriguing premise and surprising supernatural developments, this movie co-stars Joseph Bottoms as a handsome ski instructor who attracts Susan’s attention.

Children of the Corn IV

Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) – Rated R

When the children of a small Midwestern town morph overnight into possessed murderers, it’s up to a young medical student to save her affected sister and her cornfield-surrounded neighbors from the evil child zombies.”

Obviously Black is the best thing about this. That’s not saying much so I’ll just say, actors need to eat, too.

Rest in Peace, Karen Black, you will be missed.