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Cult actress Karen Black dead at 74

By Press Association

Karen Black, the actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and starred in counterculture favourites Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, has died.

Her husband Stephen Eckelberry said she died on Wednesday from complications from cancer. She was 74.

Known for her full lips and thick, wavy hair, Black often portrayed women who were quirky, troubled or threatened.

Her breakthrough role was playing a prostitute in 1969's Easy Rider.

That helped win her the part of Rayette Dipesto, a waitress who dates an upper-class dropout played by Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, for which she was Oscar-nominated and won a Golden Globe Award.

Black was married four times. She is survived by Mr Eckelberry, a son and a daughter.

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