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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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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Carpenter wrote "Karen's Theme" for this TV movie. See more »

Goofs

The first session at the Magic Lamp recording studio has Karen on drums, Richard on piano, and a double bass player. When Karen starts singing in the right key, the soundtrack includes an electric bass and an oboe. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Carpenter: Karen, you're not eating. You look too thin, if you ask me.
Karen Carpenter: Mother, how can anybody be too thin?
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Connections

Features The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Top of the World
Written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis
Performed by The Carpenters
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A Good tearjerker
27 November 2005 | by imbluzcloobySee all my reviews

Every time I hear Karen Carpenter's voice, there is that old familiar feeling of 70's blues. What an overwhelmingly beautiful and mature voice she had. Cynthia Gibb cast in the title role does a good job, however, I thought Karen Allen would have been a better choice. This is a tearjerker movie that does a fine job of presenting the professional careers of Karen and Richard but also the personal struggles that Karen dealt with and her disease. The recording sessions in Herp Albert's studio are very nicely done. However Karen Carpenter turned out, there was a time when she was very special and brought a great deal joy to her fans and music lovers. Even if you weren't a Carpenter's fan this is a nice story that depicts how a great talent can fall victim to the pressures of society.


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