Actress Karen Black never forgot the baby girl she gave up for adoption.
Artist Diane Bay always wanted to find the mother who gave her life.
In the early 1960s, Karen lived in a cold-water flat in New York City, struggling to launch the acting career that would lead her to Hollywood fame (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby, The Pyx and 200 more films.) At the same time, her child grew up in a suburban neighborhood near Chicago. For five decades they knew nothing about each other. Then Illinois opened their sealed adoption records, and Diane sent for her original birth certificate. That same spring, battling cancer, Karen searched for her long-lost daughter.
Finding Karen Black: Our Year of Light takes the reader on an emotional journey from childhood longing to dream fulfilled, from struggle to stardom, and from the first moments of a joyful reunion through a year of discovery, reflection, loss and renewal. This remarkable story is a testament to the power of the mother-child bond and the belief that love lasts forever.