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Karen Black has died aged 74

Actress Karen Black has died aged 74, her husband Stephen Eckelberry has confirmed (opens in new tab) .

She worked consistently over the decades, first appearing predominantly in TV shows before getting a big break in Dennis Hopper’s seminal 1969 road movie, Easy Rider .

Working with Jack Nicholson again the following year in Five Easy Pieces , Black scored an Oscar nomination for her role as Rayette. And in 1971, Black was directed by Nicholson in Drive, He Said .

Other significant roles were in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby (which bagged her a Golden Globe) and in Robert Altman’s Nashville , although she clocked up almost 200 appearances 1959 and 2013. Her final two films - She Loves Me Not and In The Woods - are yet to be released.

She is survived by husband Eckelberry and two children. Our thoughts go out to them.

Mia Farrow, Juliette Lewis and Edgar Wright were among the stars who paid tribute on Twitter:

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Matt Maytum
Matt Maytum

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.