The film that made her a star was Easy Rider (1969), where she worked with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and a supporting actor called Jack Nicholson. She appeared with Nicholson yet again the next year when they starred in Five Easy Pieces (1970), which garnered an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Karen. Her roles mainly consisted of waitresses, hookers and girls on the edge. Some of her later films were disappointments at the box office, but she did receive another Golden Globe for The Great Gatsby (1974). One role for which she is properly remembered is that of the jewel thief in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, Family Plot (1976). Another is as the woman terrorized in her apartment by a murderous Zuni doll come to life in the well received TV movie Trilogy of Terror (1975) (TV). When a number of forgettable movies, she again won rave reviews for her role in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982). Due to the fact then, her film career has been busy, but the quality of the films has been uneven.
|Day of Birth||1 July 1939|
|Place of Birth||Park Ridge, Illinois, USA|