Birth Name: Karen Blanche Ziegler
Date of Birth: July 1, 1939
Place of Birth: Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Death: August 8, 2013
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Bohemian/Czech, German, Norwegian, distant Swiss-German
Karen Black was an American actress, singer, songwriter, and screenwriter.
Karen was the daughter of Elsie Mary (Reif), a writer of children’s novels, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessperson. Her grandfather, Arthur Ziegler, was a classical musician, and the first violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her sister was actress Gail Brown.
Her father was of one quarter German, one quarter Bohemian (Czech), and one half Norwegian, descent. Her mother was of German and Bohemian (Czech) ancestry.
Karen was married to Stephen Eckelberry, until her death. She had a son, actor Hunter Carson, with her former husband, actor, screenwriter, and film producer L. M. Kit Carson; and a daughter with Stephen.
Karen’s patrilineal line can be traced back to her great-great-great-great-grandfather, Christian Ziegler, who was born, c. 1763, in Dautmergen, Zollernalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Karen’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Charles Ziegler (the son of Simon Ziegler and Anna Priborsky). Simon was from a Lutheran family. He was born in Neukirch, Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the son of Christian Ziegler and Elisabetha/Elisabeth Pfeiffer. Anna was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Eduard/Edward Příborský, who was born in Humpolac, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, and of Paulina Brezova, who was born in Heralec, Cast Kamenica, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia.
Karen’s paternal grandmother was Mable Eleanore Larsen (the daughter of Ole U./W. Larsen and Olida Johanna/Johanne Eriksen/Erickson). Mable was born in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Ole was born in Torud-Farm, Furnes, Brumunddal, Norway. Olida was born in Trondheim, Norway, the daughter of Johanes Eriksen and Anne Marta Sivertsdotter Falstad.
Karen’s maternal grandfather was Peter Anton Reif (the son of Peter Reif and Mathilda Anna Kutiel). Karen’s great-grandfather Peter was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, Nicolaus/Nicholas Reif, who was born in Reifenmuhle, Morz (Buch), Rhein-Hunsruck, and Catherina/Catharina Wickert, who was born in Prussia. Mathilda was born in Central Europe, the daughter of Joseph Kutiel and Katerina/Katie, and was of German or Bohemian (Czech) descent.
Karen’s maternal grandmother was Emma Shimon (the daughter of John Shimon and Marie “Mary” Hussar). Emma was born in Cooperstown, Wisconsin, to Bohemian (Czech) immigrants. John was the son of John Shimon and Catharina Braschkowitz/Henesay/Chotek. Marie “Mary” was the daughter of Franz/Francis/Frank Husar and Rosalia Thoma.
Sources: Genealogy of Karen Black (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.zellnerfamily.com
Genealogy of Karen Black (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Karen’s maternal grandparents, Peter Anton Reif and Emma Shimon – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Oral history of Karen’s maternal great-grandfather, Peter Reif – http://www.2manitowoc.com
Karen’s maternal great-grandfather, Peter Reif, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Karen’s maternal great-grandmother, Mathilda Anna (Kutiel) Reif – https://familysearch.org
Karen’s maternal great-grandparents, John Shimon and Marie “Mary” Hussar, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org