Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who with her elder brother Richard performed as the duo the Carpenters. With a distinctive three-octave contralto vocal range, she was praised by her peers as a great vocalist. Her struggle with and eventual death from anorexia would later raise awareness of eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and moved to Downey, California in... more
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