Carpenter, Karen

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Carpenter, Karen Gender: F
Karen Anne Carpenter
born on 2 March 1950 at 11:45 (= 11:45 AM )
Place New Haven, Connecticut, 41n18, 72w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
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Karen Carpenter
photo: Unknown, license gfdl


American musician, a member of a popular brother-sister singing team "The Carpenters," who sold millions of hit records in the early '70s. They made densely layered, pop-oriented demo tapes which caught the attention of Herb Alpert who signed them to A&M Records, 1970. They released their first album in November 1970, "Ticket to Ride." "Close to You" sold over a million records, No. 1 in the U.S. and several other countries.

Karen had a brief marriage to Tom Burris, but showed no signs of emotional distress serious enough to cause a breakdown. In late 1981, she went to her brother with the admission that "something was wrong" when she and the family realized that her lack of appetite was a serious problem.

Carpenter moved inexorably into anorexia nervosa, but seemed on the edge of recovery in 1982, With treatment, she managed to pump her weight from a frail 80 lbs on her 5' 4" frame to a nearly normal 110 lbs. She and Richard were working on their 12th album, "Voice of the Heart." She was her bubbly, energetic self until the end, when, after an eight-year battle, Karen died in her parent's home of cardiac arrest on 2/04/1983, Downey, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Contracts, agreements 22 April 1969 (The Carpenters sign record contract with A&M Records)
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  • Work : Prize 19 February 1974 in Santa Monica (Voted "Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group" at 1st American Music Awards)
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  • Health : Change in Appearance 1981 (Began to show her starvation)
  • Social : Secrets revealed 1981 (Asked her brother for help)
  • Death by Heart Attack 4 February 1983 at 09:51 AM in Downey (From anorexia, age 32)
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Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.R.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Anorexia nervosa)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Singing partner with brother)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One brief marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Carpenters)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Three)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women