Karen Carpenter was an American singer, drummer, and television personality, best known for her vocal performances. She is best known for being a band member of the band The Carpenters.
Born In New Haven
Karen Carpenter's full name is Karen Anne Carpenter. She was born on 2nd March of 1950, to her father Harold Carpenter and mother Agnes Carpenter, in New Haven, Connecticut, the United States of America.
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She was always interested in singing and taking part in various singing competitions since her childhood.
Karen Carpenter grew up in Connecticut where she completed her primary education and then moved to Downey, California for her further studies. There she completed her graduation from Downey High School.
Karen Carpenter lived with her parents until was 24.
Her Musical Career
In September-October 1971, two years after the Carpenters' debut album, she and her brother bought two apartment buildings in Downey as a financial investment.
Karen was interested in music from her early school days, she officially debuted in the music industry with an album "Ticket to Ride" along with her brother.
Her first album failed to give her the deserved exposure but she did not give up on her musical career. Karen again released her next album "Close to You. By this time" which was a huge success and she established herself as a singer.
Karen Carpenter first appeared in a TV Special aired on December 8, 1976, and later in 80's she performed a medley of standards in a duet with Ella Fitzgerald on the Carpenters' television program "Music, Music, Music".
Marital Life With Husband Thomas James Burris
Karen got married to her husband Thomas James Burris. They dated each other for several months before tying the knot.
Sources reported that Karen and Thomas tied the knot in 1980 and were together for only a short period of time. The exact details of the divorce are not revealed but their divorce was finalized in 1982.
Cause of Death
Karen Carpenter suffered anorexia which is an eating disorder the fatal disease claimed her life when she was only 32. The cause of her death is mentioned as heart failure.