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Karen Carpenter

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Karen Carpenter

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Full NameKaren Anne Carpenter
First NameKaren
Middle NameAnne
Last NameCarpenter
Birth NameKaren Anne Carpenter
ProfessionSinger and Drummer
Birth CityNew Heaven
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameHarold Carpenter
Mother NameAgnes Carpenter
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseThomas James Burris
AwardsGrammy Awards(*2)
SibilingsRichard Carpenter
EducationLong Beach State graduate
Height163 cm
Weight54 kg
Networth$6 k
Date of BirthMarch 2,1950
Age70 years
Married DateAugust 31,1980


    of Karen Carpenter

    What is Karen Carpenter marital status ?Married
    Who is Karen Carpenter married with?Thomas James Burris
    When was Karen Carpenter married?1980
    What is the height of Karen Carpenter?163 cm
    What is the weight of Karen Carpenter?54 kg

    Who is Karen Carpenter?

    Late Karen (Anne) Carpenter was a famous singer and drummer, best recognized as one half of the duo “The Carpenters” alongside her older brother Richard Carpenter.

    Why is Karen Carpenter still famous?

    Karen Carpenter was the rising music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Karen’s songs alongside her brother, Richard, were very popular among the listeners. 

    The Carpenters duo became popular with their second release of their 1970s album, Close To You; after their first album failing to gain popularity. 

    With this, they did more than four other albums together. Her songs still inspire many youths to get into music.

    Karen Carpenter during photoshoot

    They also received Grammy award for best contemporary vocal performance by a duo and best new artist in 1970.

    Karen Carpenter Bio, Early life and Career

    Karen Carpenter was born on the 2nd of March, 1950, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Agnes Carpenter (Mother) and Harold Carpenter (Father). 

    She and her siblings Richard Carpenter paired up as The Carpenters and made music together.

    Karen Carpenter during her early days

    Karen completed her schools from Downey High School in 1967. From her early days, she was interested in singing and drumming and had received Josep Philip Sousa Band Award. 

    Later, she joined Long Beach State, with music major. She accompanied her brother, Richard for the college choir as well. 

    The director of the choir, Frank Pooler, recognized her voice suits more to pop music, and started giving her pop lessons.

    Karen Carpenter while performing live shows

    After graduating, she first joined a band “Two Plus Two”, an all-girl trio made from her high school mates, as the band's drummer. 

    After a few years, she split from the band and joined another band Richard Carpenter Trio; alongside his brother Richard Carpenter and his friend Wes Jacobs

    Karen Carpenter with her brother Richard Carpenter

    They appeared in nightclubs and TV talent show All American College after rehearsing for a few months. 

    By this time, she had only been drumming until she first tried singing at the audition at a gathering with bassist Joe Osborn, well recognized for being a member of the studio-musician band “The Wrecking Crew”. 

    After that, she started appearing in other bands's musical collaborations but her breakthrough came after releasing an album, Close To You. Similarly, she released four other hugely successful albums after her firs't musical album's success.

    Karen Carpenter’s Solo Albums

    In 1967, Karen Carpenter released her first solo album, "Looking for Love" / "I'll Be Yours" on Osborn's Magic Lamp label.

    Just 500 copies were made, and the label folded quickly thereafter. In 1979, while Richard got out of the band for a year to treat his addiction, Karen re-started recording solo music with producer Phil Ramone. 

     The record received a good response from Richard and also from A&M officials in early 1980. With this, she released her other solo albums like Lovelines, You and Karen Carpenter, which were well received.

    Karen Carpenter’s demise

    Even after the rise to stardom, she dealt with many complications in her life. She mainly struggled with eating disorder.

    Karen Carpenter during photoshoot

    Sadly, she passed away at 32 years of age on February 4, 1983 in Downey, California.

    Karen Carpenter’s Net Worth before her demise

    32 years old, pop sensation Karen Carpenter's net worth was around $6 million, when she died. She had earned such huge wealth as a professional singer and drummer.

    Here are some facts relating her net worth, let's take a look:

    Approximated Net Worth in 1983$6 million
    Yearly Income before 1983$500,000- $1 million
    Source of IncomeSinger and Drummer(profession)

    After her demise in 1983, her wealth was handed over to her family. But her widowed husband, Thomas James Burris wasn't entitled to her earnings as she had filed for a divorce the same year, she died in 1983.

    Karen Carpenter’s Husband, & Relationship Stories

    Karen Carpenter was married to a real state measurer and developer, Thomas James Burris, on the 31st of August, 1980, in the Crystal Room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. 

    She even performed her new song "Because We Are in Love", in the ceremony. The duo settled in Newport Beach after their marriage.

    Karen Carpenter with her husband, Thomas James Burris

    She already had been in many relationships before marrying Thomas James. She had dated Tony Danza, Mike Curb, Terry Ellis, Mark Harmon, Steve Martin, and Alan Osmond, before her marriage with Burris.

    Karen desired children, but Burris had undergone a vasectomy and declined to get an operation to change which was the main cause behind their divorce. 

    It is also rumored that Burris was abusing and borrowing money from Karen. After, frequent abuses, Karen reportedly hade made up her mind to file for a divorce and end their marriage. She reportedly had filed for a divorce petition in October of 1982 but sadly, she died on February 4, 1983, four months after she filed for a divorce.

    Karen Carpenter’s Body Measurements

    Karen Carpenter had been losing weight since her school days. She used to weight around 56 kgs in 1973 but she stated preferring low food. 

    But sadly, her this contempt worsened making her body starting losing more weight and later become a reason for her untimely demise.

    During the time of her demise, she weighed around 44 kgs.

    Some FAQs related to Karen Carpenter

    Who was Karen Carpenter married to before her death?

    Karen Carpenter was still married to Thomas James Burris before her demise, but she had filed for a divorce against him on October of 1982, which was four months before her untimely death.

    When was Karen Carpenter married to Thomas James Burris?

    Karen Carpenter got married on the 31st of August, 1980, to Thomas James Burris.

    What are Karen Carpenter’s best albums?

    Karen Carpenter’s best albums include; Close To You, Lovelines, and Karen Carpenter and four other from The Carpenter’s albums.

    What was Karen Carpenter’s net worth at the time of her death?

    Karen Carpenter’s net worth around $6 million while she died.