Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulimia.

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Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulimia.

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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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In the liner notes of the "Carpenters Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition" CD, Richard Carpenter said he regretted making, being part of, and endorsing this TV movie. He also said many scenes were fictitious. See more »

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The first session at the Magic Lamp recording studio has Karen on drums, Richard on piano, and a double bass player. When Karen starts singing in the right key, the soundtrack includes an electric bass and an oboe. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Carpenter: Karen, you're not eating. You look too thin, if you ask me.
Karen Carpenter: Mother, how can anybody be too thin?
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Version of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) See more »

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The End of the World
Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent
Performed by Cynthia Gibb
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A TV portrait of a singer's life
13 September 1998 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

The Karen Carpenter Story shows a little more about singer Karen Carpenter's complex life. Though it fails in giving accurate facts, and details.

Cynthia Gibb (portrays Karen) was not a fine election. She is a good actress , but plays a very naive and sort of dumb Karen Carpenter. I think that the role needed a stronger character. Someone with a stronger personality.

Louise Fletcher role as Agnes Carpenter is terrific, she does a great job as Karen's mother.

It has great songs, which could have been included in a soundtrack album. Unfortunately they weren't, though this movie was on the top of the ratings in USA and other several countries


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