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Best known for: "Trilogy of Terror"
Most iconic moment: Her long, toothy final gaze at the camera in the final segment of the above-mentioned anthology flick.
Why she qualifies: Though she earned early acclaim for her role in "Five Easy Pieces" opposite Jack Nicholson (the performance earned her an Oscar nomination), Black became better known in later years for starring in a string of low-budget horror films including made-for-TV anthology "Trilogy of Terror" (in which she was famously tormented by a spear-wielding Zumi doll) and the little-seen haunted-house flick "Burnt Offerings." With her off-kilter good looks and Strasberg-trained chops, the dark-haired Black (who died last year at the age of 74) was equally adept at playing beleaguered victim and demented killer, and in the latter part of her career she scored a welcome comeback of sorts with her role as the demented Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie's 2003 cult film "House of 1,000 Corpses."
- Chris Eggertsen