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Karen Anne Carpenter
Birth: Mar. 2, 1950
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1983
Downey
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Singer. Best remembered for her singing partnership with her brother, Richard, as "The Carpenters." Born in New Haven, Connecticut, she moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Her older brother, Richard, put together an instrumental trio, with Richard playing the piano, Karen on the drums, and friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In 1966, their group won first place in the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands, and landed a recording contract with RCA Records. After two albums, which were never released, Karen and Richard formed another band, and in 1970, they made several demo tapes which landed them a contract with A&M Records. Their first real hit was a reworked version of the Beatles hit "Ticket to Ride," followed by a reworked version of Burt Bacharach's "Close to You," which soon sold a million copies. They became one of the most successful groups in the early 1970s, won three Grammy Awards, and starred in their own TV variety series, "Make Your Own Kind of Music." Karen, however, suffered from a relatively unknown illness, Anorexia Nervosa, which is characterized by obsessive dieting to the point of starvation. Her illness surfaced in 1975, when they were forced to cancel a European tour, when she was too weak to perform. Although she received treatment for the disease, she never fully recovered, and it was discovered later that the disease had returned. In the 1980s, she and her brother were back making records, but in 1982 she collapsed after a recording, and spent most of the year undergoing treatment. Although her marriage fell apart, she appeared as if she was beginning to take control of her life again, and on February 4, 1983, she went to her parent's house to sort through some of her old clothes. She collapsed there from cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead by responding doctors. Doctors later revealed that her long battle with Anorexia Nervosa has stressed her heart to the failure point. Originally interred in Forest-Lawn Cypress Cemetery in Cypress, California, her remains were moved to a new location in the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in late 2003. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Harold Bertram Carpenter (1908 - 1988)
  Agnes Reuwer Tatum Carpenter (1915 - 1996)
 
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Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park
Westlake Village
Los Angeles County
California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 34.15041, -118.79727
 
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Record added: Jan 04, 2004
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Rest in Heavenly Eternal Peaceful Slumber Beloved Wonderful Lovely Beautiful Angelic Karen Anne Carpenter the very best woman drummer-singer of all time! Your portrait should be on a USA postage stamp earned through decades of hard work and tireless dedic...(Read more)
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