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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 Black gave up a newborn daughter to adoption. While Karen pursued a career in acting that took her from New York to Hollywood, 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: Roots Become Wings takes the reader on an emotional journey from childhood longing to dream fulfilled, and from the first moments of a joyful reunion through a year of discovery, loss, and renewal. This remarkable story is a testament to the power of the mother-child bond, the importance of our biological roots, and the belief that love lasts forever.

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