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
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 11°33' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 18°26 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 00°34'

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" (1.63 m) frame to a nearly normal 110 lbs (50 kg). 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 at age 32 in her parent's home of cardiac arrest on 4 February 1983 in Downey, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Haynes, Todd (born 2 January 1961). Notes: Filmmaker/ subject
  • role played of/by Gibb, Cynthia (born 14 December 1963). Notes: 1989 TV film "The Karen Carpenter Story"


  • 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