Karen Carpenter life and biography

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Karen Carpenter biography

Date of birth : 1950-03-02
Date of death : 1983-02-04
Birthplace : New Haven, Connecticut,U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2012-01-13
Credited as : Singer, Drummer, The Carpenters member

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Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo The Carpenters.

She was a drummer of exceptional skill, but she is best remembered for her vocal performances of idealistic romantic ballads of true love. The Carpenters signature song is "We've Only Just Begun" which remains a popular wedding ballad.

She suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder of extreme weight loss dieting, which was a little-known illness at the time. Although she had begun recovery with a doctor supervised program and regained 30 lbs, permanent damage to her body had been sustained from the years of extreme weight loss dieting and she died at the age of 32. Her death was attributed to heart failure, from complications related to her illness, which caused her to believe mistakenly that she needed to lose weight.

Elton John called her "one of the greatest voices of our lifetime," and Madonna has said she is "completely influenced by her harmonic sensibility." Impossibly lush and almost shockingly intimate, Carpenter's performances were a new kind of torch singing, built on understatement and tiny details of inflection that made even the sappiest songs sound like she was staring directly into your eyes. Still, she's a guilty pleasure for many. "Karen Carpenter had a great sound," John Fogerty once told Rolling Stone, "but if you've got three guys out on the ballfield and one of them started humming [a Carpenters song], the other two guys would pants him."

On October 12, 1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6931 Hollywood Blvd., a few yards from the Kodak Theater. Richard, Harold and Agnes Carpenter attended the inauguration, as did many fans. In 1987, movie director Todd Haynes used songs by Richard and Karen in his movie Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. In the movie, Haynes portrayed the Carpenters with Barbie dolls, rather than live actors.

The movie was later pulled from distribution after Richard Carpenter won a court case involving song royalties; Haynes had not obtained legal permission to use The Carpenters' recordings. On January 1, 1989, the similarly titled made-for-TV movie The Karen Carpenter Story aired on CBS with Cynthia Gibb in the title role. Gibb lip-synced the songs to Carpenter's recorded voice. Both films use the song "This Masquerade" in the background while showing Karen's marriage to Burris.

Studio albums:
-Offering (later reissued as 'Ticket To Ride') (1969)
-Close to You (1970)
-Carpenters (1971)
-A Song for You (1972)
-Now & Then (1973)
-The Singles: 1969-1973 (1973)
-Horizon (1975)
-A Kind of Hush (1976)
-Passage (1977)
-Christmas Portrait (1978)
-The Singles: 1974-1978 (1978)
-Made in America (1981)
-Voice of the Heart (1983)
-An Old-Fashioned Christmas (1984)
-Lovelines (1989)
-As Time Goes By (2003)

Solo albums:
-Karen Carpenter (1996)

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