Friday, August 9, 2013

RIP Karen Black AKA Mama Firefly, Rayette Dipesto

It's a sad day for horror fans as word broke that Karen Black, the voluptuous vixen of horror, lost her fight to cancer on Wednesday. 

Karen Black got her big break when she was cast as a prostitute who takes LSD with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in 1969's Easy Rider and went on to star with Jack Nicholson as his starry eyed lover in Five Easy Pieces. While she worked with Nicholson again, her true calling came in the form of horror where she played quirky, strange and always terrifying roles such as Nancy Pryor in Airplane 1975 (Alfred Hitchcock's last film), Faye Greener in The Day of the Locust and a variety of roles in Trilogy of Terror. Throughout the years she was in many films, television roles and is a fan favorite as Mama Firefly in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses. 

Karen Black will be missed and will be remembered by her full lips, curly hair, her full bodied laugh and her inexplicable ability to make you smile, no matter how dastardly her on-screen antics are. 

RIP Karen, you will be missed.

- Rg Lovecraft

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