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The Karen Carpenter Story (1989)

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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Sherwin Bash
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David Lattimer (as Kenneth David Gilman)
Richard Minchenberg
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Bob Knight
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Peter Howard
Henry Crowell Jr. ...
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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 bulimia.

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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Karen Carpenterin tarina  »

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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 »

Goofs

The film implies that Richard Carpenter talked Karen Carpenter out of making a solo album in 1979. Karen made a solo album, with the help of Phil Ramone, between 1979 and 1980. The Carpenters' label, A&M, didn't like it, so it wasn't released until 1996. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Carpenter: You kids want some hot dogs?
Karen Carpenter: YEAH!
[jumps up]
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Connections

Version of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) 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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Sparkling easy listening; questionable biography.
29 April 2000 | by (East Baton Rouge Parish) – See all my reviews

The tunes are the best aspect of this television film which has admittedly better-than-average production values, but very surface and slightly altered biography. Dramatizes Richard's discovery of "We've Only Just Begun" and Karen's marriage troubles admirably (the "Superstar" montage was a nice touch), yet notably leaves out the disagreement with Neil Sedaka, the contribution of Tony Peluso's guitar solos, etc. Gibb is sweet in her Karen persona, but it doesn't include the tomboyish and gutsier sides of the real Carpenter's personality. Anderson is in fine form as the creative and take-charge Richard, and Fletcher makes her mark as the loving but overbearing Agnes. The most haunting moment of the original broadcast is the use of "Goodbye to Love" in the background of a commercial displaying an anorexia hotline.


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