Show Business: Boom in Black

One worries about her. Her eyes, for example. Close-set, irredeemably myopic, they tend to look out of alignment when the camera shoots her headon. If lighting, costume and camera angle are not exactly right, her 5-ft. 7-in. frame looks bottom heavy. Her voice skips from squeaky to strident without even a glancing brush at the tones in between.

Such defiantly unglamorous physical attributes might hamper the career of an aspiring stewardess on any regularly scheduled airline, but they have helped make Karen Black, 32, the busiest actress in Hollywood. She has just finished her...

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