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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.

Directors:

Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter (uncredited)

Writer:

Barry Morrow
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Gibb ... Karen Carpenter
Mitchell Anderson ... Richard Carpenter
Peter Michael Goetz ... Harold Carpenter
Michael McGuire ... Sherwin Bash
Lise Hilboldt Lise Hilboldt ... Lucy
Kip Gilman ... David Lattimer (as Kenneth David Gilman)
Richard Minchenberg
Scott Burkholder ... Ted
Louise Fletcher ... Agnes Carpenter
John Patrick Reger John Patrick Reger ... Bob Knight
Doug MacHugh ... Dr. Lazwell
William Tucker William Tucker ... Peter Howard
Henry Crowell Jr. Henry Crowell Jr. ... Denny
Josh Cruze ... Herb Alpert
Carrie Mitchum 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 bulimia.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Karen Carpenter See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie includes the house where Karen Carpenter died in real life, and the real-life ambulance and paramedics who were on the scene. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Agnes Carpenter: Here, take one of these.
Richard Carpenter: What is it?
Agnes Carpenter: Something called Quaaludes, to help you sleep.
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Connections

Version of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

All of My Life
Written by Richard Carpenter
Performed by The Carpenters
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A wonderful look back at a great talent
12 June 2004 | by WJurgensSee 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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