Catherine Black (actress)

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Catherine Black is a Canadian film, TV and stage actress. Black is best known for starring opposite Peter Weller in one episode of the science fiction Showtime series, Odyssey 5, playing Vanden, opposite Christian Bale, in the 2000 cult thriller American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron, and starring with Crispin Glover in the 2009 period drama, The Donner Party. Black won a Best Actress award at the 2014 Madrid International FIlm Festival for her performance in "De Puta Madre A Love Story", a short film that she also wrote and directed. The short film was also nominated for a Best Story and Best Short Film.

Life and career[edit]

Catherine Black grew up in Ontario Canada, in Owen Sound, and Brampton, snowmobiling, skiing and training in gymnastics 6 hours a day, 7 days a week. Black spent her teenage years in Toronto, having her stage debut at the age of 16 as Juliet in the production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Lewis Baumander. Black went on to star in several Dora Award-winning Theatre productions including "Walls of Africa" (Theatre Passe Muraille), "Crimes" (Berkely Street Theatre-Canadian Stage Company), and "The Human Zoo" (Factory Theatre Mainspace).

Black has appeared the films and TV series Highlander: The Raven, In a Heartbeat, Blue Murder, Show Me Yours, Loser, Ten for Grandpa, and Stay Cool. Black has studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Los Angeles.

Black is a classically trained singer who studied at The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also a self-taught classical painter, and has exhibited her collection, "Benevolence", at The Engine Gallery in Toronto. Black says she paints portraits because she is an actress.

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