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Movie: The Karen Carpenter Story

  • Director:
  • Stars: Cynthia Gibb, Doug MacHugh, Grayce Spence, Hartley Silver, Henry Crowell Jr, Howard Dayton, James Hong, Josh Cruze, Kip Gilman, Lise Hilboldt, Louise Fletcher, Michael McGuire, Mitchell Anderson, Peter Michael Goetz, Richard Minchenberg, Robert Broyles, Scott Burkholder
  • Release Date: January 01, 1989
  • Run Time: 120 mins
  • Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

As the real-life Carpenters singing group is heard on the sound track, Cynthia Gibb stars as Karen Carpenter, with Mitchell Anderson costarring as her brother Richard. Karen’s rise to the top is dutifully detailed, while Richard’s brief flirtation with drug addiction is handled with discretion. The film takes a tragic turn when Karen’s anorexia nervosa overcomes her ability to function, and finally kills her. was a ratings winner, encouraging other less tasteful producers to overload the market with bad to indifferent made-for-TV life stories. The film was coproduced by the real Richard Carpenter, who has made the telling of his sister’s story something of a lifetime mission

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