Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

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The film follows Karen Carpenter from the time of her "discovery" in 1966, her quick rise to stardom, to her untimely death by cardiac arrest (secondary to anorexia nervosa) in 1983. It begins in Karen's parents' home in Downey, California on February 4, 1983, and the viewer follows through the eyes of Karen's mother, Agnes Carpenter, as she discovers her body in a closet. The film then returns by Flashback (narrative) to 1966, and touches on major points in Karen's life including the duo's signing with the A&M Records record label, their initial success and subsequent decline, Karen's development of anorexia nervosa, her 14-month marriage to Thomas Burris, Karen's on-stage collapse in Las Vegas, her search for treatment for her anorexia nervosa, the attempt to restart her career, and finally a claim that she gradually developed a reliance on syrup of ipecac (a product that, unbeknownst to her, destroyed her heart and led to her cardiac arrest and death).

  • Movie ID 46641
  • Status Released
  • Released Worldwide April 30, 1988
  • Runtime 43 minutes
  • Genres Drama Animation
  • Directors Todd Haynes
  • Writers Todd Haynes
  • Original Country United States of America
  • Original Language English
  • Spoken Languages English
  • Production Company Iced Tea Productions
  • Production Countries United States of America
  • On Other Sites IMDB
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