The Film

She was the first in a long line of celebrities to suffer from an eating disorder during an era when the vastly misunderstood phenomenon brought shame and public humiliation.

For the first time, we hear Karen Carpenter’s personal struggle in her own voice through never-before-released recordings—and through the legendary voices of those who knew her and were inspired by her music.

As the #1 American musical act of the 1970s, the Carpenters were on “Top of the World,” producing a string of pop masterpieces, including “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.” But behind closed doors, Karen’s quest for perfection resulted in low self-esteem, a disheartening love life, and a public battle with anorexia nervosa, which resulted in her untimely death at the age of only 32.

Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection is a captivating, revealing, and unvarnished documentary providing astounding new insight into the singer’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.

Content Warning: This program contains discussions of eating disorders. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, information and resources are available at:

www.projectheal.org

 

Starring

CAROL BURNETT
BELINDA CARLISLE
KRISTIN CHENOWETH
CYNTHIA GIBB
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
CUBBY O’BRIEN
SUZANNE SOMERS
CARNIE WILSON

Karen Carpenter - Starving for Perfection Documentary Poster
Carpenters 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)_resized
Karen photographed in 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
Carpenter Family 1971 (Evelyn Wallace Estate)
Karen Carpenter in 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen Carpenter RC 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen Carpenter in 1976 Holland (Ina Boezen)
Karen at her wedding in 1980 with Olivia Newton-John (Frank Bonito)
In the studio with Olivia Newton-John, 1980 (Carolyn Arzac)
Las Vegas, 1978 (Ina Boezen)
drums in concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Holland concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Behind the drums, 1976 (Ina Boezen)
In concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
Karen in 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
In Holland 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Carpenters at home 1973 (Ken Bertwell)
Charlie Tuna and Karen Carpenter YouTube
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Randy Schmidt Details "Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection" Exclusive DVD Extras!
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Randy Schmidt Talks Todd Haynes and Barbie
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A Trip to New Haven - Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection Exclusive
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Maren Alford Interview
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Oliva Newton John Clip
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DIFF Q&A
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Carpenters 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)_resized
Karen photographed in 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
Carpenter Family 1971 (Evelyn Wallace Estate)
Karen Carpenter in 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen Carpenter RC 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen Carpenter in 1976 Holland (Ina Boezen)
Karen at her wedding in 1980 with Olivia Newton-John (Frank Bonito)
In the studio with Olivia Newton-John, 1980 (Carolyn Arzac)
Las Vegas, 1978 (Ina Boezen)
drums in concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Holland concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Behind the drums, 1976 (Ina Boezen)
In concert 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Karen 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
Karen in 1977 (Harry Langdon_Peter Dawe)
In Holland 1976 (Ina Boezen)
Carpenters at home 1973 (Ken Bertwell)
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