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(Deadline)   Actress Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, Trilogy of Terror, etc.) turns to crowd-funding to help with her two and a half year battle with cancer. According to her husband, she can "hardly move around and is mostly bed-bound"   (deadline.com) divider line 66
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2013-03-26 07:46:14 PM  
That saddens me. She's always been one of my favorite actresses, especially in the horror genre. "Burnt Offerings" and of course, "Trilogy of Terror" in particular.
 
2013-03-26 07:51:08 PM  
This is the woman who nursed her three-year old son on live TV while doing a monologue on Saturday Night Live.
 
2013-03-26 07:51:08 PM  
She freaked me out in 'Burnt Offerings"... and not just cause I couldn't figure out which eye to look into...

/old
 
2013-03-26 07:51:09 PM  
She comes in blonde too.

www.cinemaretro.com

Feel so bad for her. A popular classic actress can't afford healthcare to keep her alive in the United States and has resorted to begging her fans to stay alive. When do we realize we need to fix our system?
 
2013-03-26 07:51:23 PM  
the "i want you to hold the chicken between your knees" scene was filmed in Flagstaff, Arizona.  the green meadow in the background is now basically, a cluster of hotels, a wal mart, a strip mall, and assorted restaurants.  the restaraunt was torn down but that area is itself a big cluster of newly built restaraunts and bars and shiat.

/movie is overrated IMO but has a few cool scenes before Jack "became" Jack
 
2013-03-26 07:51:31 PM  
I just saw her on an episode of "Funny or Die" where she was the wife of a low budget videographer  (played by a creepy, strangely toupeed Bud Court).  It was strange and sad at the same time.

Wishing her well.
 
2013-03-26 07:51:31 PM  
Unfortunately by how they've said it's spread to her lungs and back I don't think the treatment in Europe will help.
 
2013-03-26 07:51:59 PM  
That's what she gets for singing that crappy "Friday" song.
 
2013-03-26 07:54:49 PM  
No disrespect to this individual, but why do we humans now have such high expectations, this desire to live pain-free and longer than ever before is not rational is it?
I appreciate it's a continuation of our survival instinct but holding onto life with such a weak, tenuous grasp is surely only the work of mankind and no other animal?
And yes, in this situation I would let go, I am sure of that. I am pro-euthenasia and hope I am allowed to go with quiet dignity when I choose to.
 
2013-03-26 07:54:58 PM  

A Terrible Human: Unfortunately by how they've said it's spread to her lungs and back I don't think the treatment in Europe will help.


You'll notice that they don't describe the treatment, only that it's "European". I'm going to guess that means, fancy spa that takes all your money while you die anyway.
 
2013-03-26 08:00:05 PM  
Fark cancer!
 
2013-03-26 08:02:18 PM  

rickythepenguin: the "i want you to hold the chicken between your knees" scene was filmed in Flagstaff, Arizona.  the green meadow in the background is now basically, a cluster of hotels, a wal mart, a strip mall, and assorted restaurants.  the restaraunt was torn down but that area is itself a big cluster of newly built restaraunts and bars and shiat.

/movie is overrated IMO but has a few cool scenes before Jack "became" Jack


Nope, it was filmed in Eugene, Oregon at this Denny's.
 
2013-03-26 08:02:58 PM  
She's been so forgotten and I'm sorry her health is declining.  But the way Valerie Harper is facing cancer is more admirable.

Let go and let gawd.
 
2013-03-26 08:06:29 PM  
Sounds like a losing cause, given the original cancer. I think that the statement that she was declared "cancer free" was overstated. This was essentially similar to Patrick Swayze. Pancreatic cancer = bad outcome, eventually. Not good.
I'm not saying that Karen's plea for help is not legit or based in reality. I liked her career as well, and Burnt Offerings was awesome.

Here, in Canada, she would get her treatment, according to established medical standards, and not be "billed" (other than the regular premiums that all Canadians pay). If a Canadian chose to go to another country to be treated for what, I am assuming, is a terminal or no hope diagnosis, then they must pay the expenses on their own. There are too many medical, or otherwise, practitioners in the world offering crackpot cures and false hopes to people trying to escape their impending demise. I do hope that Ms. Black is choosing wisely, and sincerely wish her and her husband well.

/medical professional
 
2013-03-26 08:08:45 PM  
You can't live forever.
You can't live forever.

/sad
 
2013-03-26 08:11:22 PM  

YoOjo: No disrespect to this individual, but why do we humans now have such high expectations, this desire to live pain-free and longer than ever before is not rational is it?
I appreciate it's a continuation of our survival instinct but holding onto life with such a weak, tenuous grasp is surely only the work of mankind and no other animal?
And yes, in this situation I would let go, I am sure of that. I am pro-euthenasia and hope I am allowed to go with quiet dignity when I choose to.


She is only 73.  That's like the new 50.

/Anyways, I'm with you on the euthanasia stuff.
//I mean, damn, we let our pets die with dignity.
///when it is my time, I want to be humanely destroyed
 
2013-03-26 08:25:06 PM  
Unfortunately this is sounding like the path of Steve Jobs. Nevertheless I wish her well.
 
2013-03-26 08:27:30 PM  
AliceBToklasLives:

She is only 73.  That's like the new 50.

In some cases, yes.
My mother died at 71 a few months ago, in massive pain and begging to go.
Not Awing, just a bit raw about end-of-life right now.
 
2013-03-26 08:28:08 PM  
AWing, I meant.
 
2013-03-26 08:32:00 PM  

Khazar-Khum: A Terrible Human: Unfortunately by how they've said it's spread to her lungs and back I don't think the treatment in Europe will help.

You'll notice that they don't describe the treatment, only that it's "European". I'm going to guess that means, fancy spa that takes all your money while you die anyway.


Having watched a grandfather wither aways from cancer I say let her last days be as comfortable as possible.
 
2013-03-26 08:36:29 PM  
Five Easy Pieces is a movie that I feel doesn't get enough love these days. I have done Nicholson's "sandwich order" bit in diners more times than I care to recall.

browneye: Fark cancer!


It started in the Politics tab, I'm sure.
*Rimshot.jpg*
 
2013-03-26 08:36:54 PM  

Flappyhead: Khazar-Khum: A Terrible Human: Unfortunately by how they've said it's spread to her lungs and back I don't think the treatment in Europe will help.

You'll notice that they don't describe the treatment, only that it's "European". I'm going to guess that means, fancy spa that takes all your money while you die anyway.

Having watched a grandfather wither aways from cancer I say let her last days be as comfortable as possible.


This is why I continually tell my wife she can burn through our retirement keeping me on morphine should the occasion arise.
 
2013-03-26 08:47:24 PM  
Make her as comfortable as medically possible, cater to her every desire, hold her hand and just be there for her.

/old enough to see too much of this shiat...
 
2013-03-26 08:49:21 PM  
cancer sucks

when I was younger I wished karen black would have sucked me

sad
 
2013-03-26 09:02:57 PM  

Jaws_Victim: She comes in blonde too.

[www.cinemaretro.com image 400x600]

Feel so bad for her. A popular classic actress can't afford healthcare to keep her alive in the United States and has resorted to begging her fans to stay alive. When do we realize we need to fix our system?



It sounds like she's seeking out 'alternative' treatments that would not be funded by any responsible health care system, no matter where she lived.
 
2013-03-26 09:11:53 PM  
I'm about as liberal as they come and think healthcare should be free, but at the same time I can't help but think, "she should have invested better and saved some money."
 
2013-03-26 09:12:18 PM  
The first night my 14 year old sister was trusted to babysit her 2 younger sisters was the night "Trilogy of Terror" was on TV. Mom came home to every light in the house on, and us 3 girls huddled on the sofa clutching baseball bats and knives. Scared the crap out of us.

Mom died 4 years ago from cancer, mercifully quick but in agony. Doped up on Fentanyl the last week. Yes, fark cancer. Peace to Ms Black and everyone else affected by this dastardly disease.
 
2013-03-26 09:19:29 PM  

Jaws_Victim: She comes in blonde too.

[www.cinemaretro.com image 400x600]


tusb.stanford.edu
 
2013-03-26 09:21:39 PM  
Karen Black.  What an obscure reference.

/not obscure.
 
2013-03-26 09:25:54 PM  

Arkanaut: Karen Black.  What an obscure reference.

/not obscure.


And here I thought I'd have to say it....
 
2013-03-26 09:41:29 PM  
"Husband?" Where's his $$? Shiat, imagine if she was, ya know, like, ALONE?
 
2013-03-26 09:49:53 PM  
Isn't this where we're supposed to say that too much money is spent keeping old people alive?

$12k buys a lot of childhood vaccinations!
 
2013-03-26 09:54:04 PM  
Though the wind may whisper an epic sometime
the cast must include Karen Black.


/damn, DAMN shame. Even though I know many have, are and will, t'ain't nobody should have to go out like that. No.Body.

If she can't get better quickly (and it quite appears she's beyond that), I hope she slips into the Big Sleep as quickly and as painlessly as possible with her loved ones surrounding her.

Also loved her macabre-film-genre work.

Not to go all tinfoil toque, but I'm beginning to give a little (from zero to perhaps one-half-of-a-percent) belief to the notion that Big Pharma's profits from repeated treatments are trumping the one-off cure.
 
2013-03-26 09:56:02 PM  
I hope her pain is minimal. I always think of Karen Black as cooler and smarter than most Hollywood people.

indienyc.com

/ She may have the longest filmography I have seen on IMDB  - Actress (195 titles).
// Link
 
2013-03-26 09:56:14 PM  

Pep Streebeck: Jaws_Victim: She comes in blonde too.

[www.cinemaretro.com image 400x600]

[tusb.stanford.edu image 440x330]


I like her (pictured) for some odd reason.  I hope KB rests comfortably, she made me laugh in The Great Gatsby.
 
2013-03-26 10:45:35 PM  
Rufus and Baby Firefly inconsolable
 
2013-03-26 10:51:12 PM  

YoOjo: No disrespect to this individual, but why do we humans now have such high expectations, this desire to live pain-free and longer than ever before is not rational is it?
I appreciate it's a continuation of our survival instinct but holding onto life with such a weak, tenuous grasp is surely only the work of mankind and no other animal?
And yes, in this situation I would let go, I am sure of that. I am pro-euthenasia and hope I am allowed to go with quiet dignity when I choose to.


Oncologists are all about money and hollow promises.
Karen Black has my admiration that goes back to the 70's. These dr's aren't going to cure her or bring anything back for her, and that is reality.
 
2013-03-26 11:03:40 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Nope, it was filmed in Eugene, Oregon at this Denny's.


how DARE you?

no seriously....wow.  i didn't know that.  i stand corrected.
 
2013-03-26 11:10:24 PM  
This is sad... but what exactly are her chances of living through this again?

As a cancer survivor myself, I'm thankful my tumor (inside my eye) had not metastasized and spread, but it sounds like her cancer had spread enough that she had to have most of her pancreas removed.

Maybe an oncological professional farker can explain this.... but isn't it pretty much "game over" when cancer hits the pancreas? This is almost always a secondary cancer... how does anybody declare you "free of cancer" after it has spread to other parts of your body, even if you get all the 'bits' you can find?
 
2013-03-26 11:12:26 PM  
Anybody remember her from the 80s remake of "Invaders From Mars"?

I didn't think so
 
2013-03-26 11:20:31 PM  
Where's her voluptuous horror?

/obscure?
//my guess is not here on fark
 
2013-03-26 11:24:00 PM  

DanZero: Anybody remember her from the 80s remake of "Invaders From Mars"?

I didn't think so


Is that the one where nurse Ratched ate the frog out out of the formaldehyde jar?
 
2013-03-26 11:24:49 PM  

rickythepenguin: Bathia_Mapes: Nope, it was filmed in Eugene, Oregon at this Denny's.

how DARE you?

no seriously....wow.  i didn't know that.  i stand corrected.


No worries. :-)
 
2013-03-27 12:31:26 AM  

YoOjo: No disrespect to this individual, but why do we humans now have such high expectations, this desire to live pain-free and longer than ever before is not rational is it?
I appreciate it's a continuation of our survival instinct but holding onto life with such a weak, tenuous grasp is surely only the work of mankind and no other animal?
And yes, in this situation I would let go, I am sure of that. I am pro-euthenasia and hope I am allowed to go with quiet dignity when I choose to.


I would say a desire to live pain-free and longer than I ordinarily would without the aid of modern civilization is a pretty rational desire. I would snark more, but I suspect there's a valid point buried somewhere in that stupidly-phrased morass.
 
2013-03-27 12:32:32 AM  
I would like to know more about what exactly this "European treatment" entails.
 
2013-03-27 12:36:02 AM  

YoOjo: No disrespect to this individual, but why do we humans now have such high expectations, this desire to live pain-free and longer than ever before is not rational is it?
I appreciate it's a continuation of our survival instinct but holding onto life with such a weak, tenuous grasp is surely only the work of mankind and no other animal?
And yes, in this situation I would let go, I am sure of that. I am pro-euthenasia and hope I am allowed to go with quiet dignity when I choose to.


To answer your questions, because humans think existentially.  Some of us, unlike animals, wonder what is next.  Some are scared of that idea and fight it off as long as possible because of that.  Others have religion, and believe suffering is part of life and are the wages of sin or some such.

And some really believe they could get better if they fight hard enough.  And sometimes, rarely, but sometimes, they are right.
 
2013-03-27 12:36:51 AM  
Asimov said, "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's difficult."

Mainly due to the clinging of others.
 
2013-03-27 01:05:52 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: That saddens me. She's always been one of my favorite actresses, especially in the horror genre. "Burnt Offerings" and of course, "Trilogy of Terror" in particular.


Oh gosh yes. The scenes with the doll cracked me up (especially when she put it in the oven).

www.weirdwildrealm.com
 
2013-03-27 01:09:42 AM  
I think we're slowly but surely waking up to the reality that using up your savings and inheritance to delay the inevitable outcome is not particularly attractive. The discourse in this thread demonstrates it.

As more and more evidence piles up that doing so leaves people broke and dead, I think we'll start deciding that its better to at least leave something for our kids than not.
 
2013-03-27 01:11:23 AM  
Sucks she has cancer. I do wonder if she would have more money for treatment if she wasn't a scientologist because of "auditing" fees.
 
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