He milked that "Five Easy Pieces" sound drop with Karen Black and Jack Nicholson for more shows that I can count. Take some of that $500 million and help Karen with last chance against cancer. Karen Black is battling late-stage cancer. The actress, well known from such classic movies as â€œFive Easy Piecesâ€ and â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€ (the Robert Redford version), has turned to online crowdfunding to keep her treatments going, in ways and places that insurance does not cover, reports Deadline Hollywood on Monday, March 25. â€œCrowdfundingâ€ is a new term, that comes out of sites such as GoFundMe.com, where Karen Black has a page, put up by friends and family. â€œWe have nothing left,â€ says her husband Stephen Eckelberry. The plea seems to be working. Her current need is $17,000 to fund a trip to Europe for specialized new treatments for her rare and deadly cancer. â€œAnd the European treatment is not covered by insurance,â€ Eckelberry goes on. But her page, up since March 14, has already collected more than $12,000.