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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 overview, first billed only:
Sherwin Bash
Lise Hilboldt ...
David Lattimer (as Kenneth David Gilman)
Richard Minchenberg
Scott Burkholder ...
John Patrick Reger ...
Bob Knight
Doug MacHugh ...
Dr. Lazwell
William Tucker ...
Peter Howard
Henry Crowell Jr. ...
Herb Alpert
Carrie Mitchum ...
Randy Bash


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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Release Date:

1 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karen Carpenterin tarina  »

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Did You Know?


Karen's husband was actually named Tom Burris, not "Bob Knight". See more »


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 »


Richard Carpenter: Mom! She's sung the same song all the way across the country, make her stop!
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Version of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) See more »


Written by Roger Nichols and Dean Pitchford
Performed by The Carpenters
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A wonderful look back at a great talent
12 June 2004 | by (Fountain HIlls Arizona) – See all my reviews

I've never usually been emotional at movies, but this one requires a box of Kleenex standing by. It is not hard to be carried back to the time when the Carpenters' were at the top of their profession, cranking out hit after hit like a music factory. They had a perfect combination, Richard's tremendous musical genius and Karen's angelic voice. As I watched the story unfold, I found myself remembering this wonderful time and the thought crossed my mind, how many people fell in love listening to the Carpenters' music. How many prom-nights was "close to you" danced to cheek to cheek, and how many wedding ceremonies used "We've only Just Begun" as the wedding dance? That was a special time, even at a time when hard rock and heavy metal were beginning to make a big splash on the music scene, The Carpenters' did not suffer for there share of the music market in the 70's was nothing less than staggering. Anyway, the movie touches on all the technical plus gives you their personal side of the lives of these two icons, and the demons they dealt with, Richard successfully, Karen, tragically. At least, Karen will always be immortal through the legacy of music left behind, and as I've seen it written at her graveside, "A star on earth, A star in heaven."

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