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The Karen Carpenter Story (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  1 January 1989 (USA)
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Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulemia.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harold Carpenter
Michael McGuire ...
Sherwin Bash
Lise Hilboldt ...
Lucy
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David Lattimer (as Kenneth David Gilman)
Richard Minchenberg
Scott Burkholder ...
Ted
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Agnes Carpenter
John Patrick Reger ...
Bob Knight
Doug MacHugh ...
Dr. Lazwell
William Tucker ...
Peter Howard
Henry Crowell Jr. ...
Denny
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Herb Alpert
Carrie Mitchum ...
Randy Bash
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Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulemia.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Richard Carpenter has said in the liner notes of the "Carpenters Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition" CD, that he regretted making, being apart of, and endorsing this TV movie. He also claims that many of the scenes are fictitious. See more »

Goofs

The first time at the Magic Lamp recording studio, there is Karen on drums, a double bass player and Richard on piano. When Karen starts singing in the right key (A) we then cut to a Carpenter sound track that with an electric bass and an oboe. See more »

Quotes

Richard Carpenter: Hey give me the pizza.
Karen Carpenter: No it's my pizza.
Richard Carpenter: Come on.
Karen Carpenter: Richard, I...
Richard Carpenter: She said I'm in charge!
Karen Carpenter: Yeah, but not of this. Give me it back.
Richard Carpenter: Come on. I'm doing you a favor. In 10 or 20 years Mom and Dad are going to let you date and I don't want you to get fat.
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Connections

Features The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

(They Long to Be) Close to You
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by The Carpenters
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Could have been much better
31 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been fantastic if it was on the big screen and cuts and changes weren't made for network television airings. I too would have cast a different actress to play Karen, and the movie changed many events in the Carpenters' lives that were real or left out certain events altogether. As a huge Carpenters' fan, I expected much more and was disappointed.


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