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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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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Richard Carpenter wrote the song "Karen's Theme" for this TV movie. 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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Version of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

This Masquerade
Written by Leon Russell
Performed by The Carpenters
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Same Old Story
24 August 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The same fate which befell Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys was bestowed upon Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard.

How to negotiate and balance super-successful careers with normal, healthy lives? Although this pattern's been repeated time and again, it's still tough when it happens to young, "green," people coping with "pro" pressures.

Had Karen remained "hidden" behind that trap set, instead of being "exposed" out front (where everyone could see how "pudgy and plump" she was) things might have gone better. It was no accident that she protested leaving those drums ("That's where I belong . . .") for that may well have been her true place.

As soon as she stepped to the front mike and solo spot, things began to change--for the worst. However, neither management nor peers realized the great price she'd have to pay, until too late.

This biopic has good casting, and a sumptuously beautiful soundtrack, with Karen's (and Richard's) vocal and instrumental ringing out with their greatest hits (including the ravishing "The Masquerade").

The film does omit their college period (c. '66-'70) at California State University at Long Beach, and the subsequent inclusion of their vocal director from CSULB, Frank Pooler, who greatly enhanced their tour work.

It also avoided dramatizing the death of Karen, making the mood less sorrowful, and ending on a more optimistic note with her mother's expressing her love for Karen.

So, another story of the high price of fame, and a touching memorial to the life and times of The Carpenters.


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