Hollywood actress Karen Black dies aged 74

Prolific Hollywood actress Karen Black, who has appeared alongside actors such as Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper in films such as Easy Rider, has died aged 74.

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

Hollywood actress Karen Black dies aged 74. Credit: Graylock/ABACAUSA.COM

Her performance as a prostitute in the 1969 film helped her get the role of Rayette Dipesto, a waitress who dates an upper-class dropout played by Nicholson in 1970's Five Easy Pieces. She went on to win an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

She is survived by Mr Eckelberry, a son and a daughter.