Karen Carpenter Net Worth

Karen Carpenter Net Worth is
$10 Million

Karen Carpenter Biography

Karen Anne Carpenter was born on the 2nd March 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut USA, and was a successful singer and drummer, best known for performing in the duo The Carpenters, co-formed alongside her brother, Richard Carpenter. Karen Carpenter was active in the entertainment industry from 1965 to 1983.

How much was the net worth of Karen Carpenter? It had been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of her wealth was as much as $10 million, as of data converted to the present day.

Karen Carpenter Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, the family moved to California in 1983, and Karen studied at Downey High School and enrolled in the school band. Once she tried playing the drums and immediately fell in love with the instrument. Meanwhile, Richard entered the Long Beach University in California, where he met Frank Pooler. The three formed the group The Trio in 1965, playing in clubs throughout Hollywood; they played “The Girl From Ipanema”, a composition of Richard Carpenter “Iced tea” and other songs.

In 1969, The Carpenters formed by brother and sister signed a contract with A & M Records, which was owned by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Their first album was entitled “Offering” (1969), which was not very popular but reaching 54th position on the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, Herb Alpert suggested that they record the song “(They Long to Be) Close to You” which reached the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. This was the first number one, and later they had many singles that topped the charts including “We’ve Only Just Begun” (1970), “For All We Know” (1971), “Rainy Days and Mondays” (1971), “Superstar” (1971) and others. Starting from 1970 until the death of Karen, 10 successful studio albums were released, and all of them received certifications for sales, as well as entering the music charts in USA and UK. The most popular albums were “Close to You” (1970), “Carpenters” (1971), “A Song for You” (1972) and “Now & Then” (1973), which certainly helped the rise of Karen’s net worth.

From 1973, Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa, an unknown disease in those times. However, in 1975, the readers of the magazine Playboy chose her as the best drummer of the year. Encouraged by her manager, Jerry Weintraub, Karen embarked on the project of a solo album in 1979, with Phil Ramone working as a producer of this album. (Meanwhile her brother Richard was admitted to a clinic to recover from his addiction to sleeping pills.) The recordings were made in late 1979 and early 1980. However, Karen’s first and only solo album “Karen Carpenter” (1996) was released posthumously.

Finally, in the personal life of a singer, she dated many celebrities including Alan Osmond, Steve Martin, Mark Harmon, Terry Ellis, Tony Danza and Mike Curb. In 1980, she married Thomas James Burris, but the two divorced in 1982 after an allegedly very turbulent relationship.

Karen died at age 32 on the 4th February 1983, in Downey, California because of a heart attack. There is evidence that her death was due to constant usage of ipecac syrup, a medicine used in hospitals to induce vomiting. It is known to act as a poison when used for long periods. Carpenter used this substance for the last months of her life, apparently causing irreversible damage to the heart muscle. This, coupled with malnutrition and general weakness, caused the total collapse of her body. Karen Carpenter is buried in the family mausoleum of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, County of Los Angeles, California.

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Quick Facts

Full NameKaren Carpenter
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 2, 1950, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
DiedFebruary 4, 1983, Downey, California, United States
Height1.63 m
ProfessionSinger, Musician
EducationDowney High School, Long Beach University in California
SpouseThomas James Burris (m. 1980–1983)
ParentsHarold Carpenter, Agnes Carpenter, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, We've Only Just Begun
SiblingsRichard Carpenter
AwardsGrammy Award for Best New Artist, for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (1971, 1972), Grammy Hall of Fame (2000),American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group (1974)
Record LabelsA & M Records
Music Groups"The Trio" (1965)
NominationsHollywood Walk of Fame (1983)
Movies"Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters" (1997), "Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story" (2007)

Interesting Facts

1Karen Carpenter died on February 4, 1983, a month away from what would have been her 33rd birthday on March 2.
2Through her German ancestry, she and her brother are distantly related to Catholic reformer Martin Luther.
3She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, were both awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 12, 1983.
4Portrayed by Cynthia Gibb in The Karen Carpenter Story (1989).
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 133-134. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6Arguably, her best performance is a song which was never even released. It was a song opted not to be used on her infamous aborted solo album. It is a song penned by Paul Jabara ["Last Dance"] and Jay Asher, and is called "Something's Missing (In My Life)". Many who have heard the work-lead feel it truly relates to Karen's personal struggles and depth of her feelings. The song remains unmixed and without strings. The song some people regard as her best Carpenters song is a song which was her personal favorite called "I Need to Be in Love".
7Ranked #3 on Entertainment Tonight (1981)'s top 25 stories in 25 years.
8She was managed by Jerry Weintraub from 1976 - 1983
9She was managed by Terry Ellis from 1975 - 1976
10She was managed by Sherwin Bash from 1970 - 1975
11The Carpenter Private Mausoleum in Westlake Village, California is a 46,000-pound, Partenope-style structure and was constructed in Texas over seven months. It is polished sunset red with beautiful warmth and color and lively crystal patterns. Similar structures have a price range of $600,000. Karen, Agnes, and Harold use up 3 out of 6 spaces in the mausoleum.
12She was a huge fan of Matt Monro and Spike Jones and His City Slickers.
13After the Carpenters became successful during the early 1970s, she and her brother bought two apartment buildings in Downey, California and called them "Close to You" and "Only Just Begun". Today, the "Close to You Apartments" can still be located at - 8356 East 5th, Downey, California.
14The Carpenters' famous Newville house, located at 9828 Newville Avenue, Downey, California, is pictured in their fifth album "Now & Then". This was also the same house where Karen died.
15The Carpenters catalog leads all A&M Records artists for the most number of compilation albums created from original material. It is also the catalog most often reissued.
16In 1976, the Carpenters' tour of Japan was the largest grossing in Japanese history.
17By 1977, the Carpenters received 11 gold records from Japan.
18On September 4, 1978, the Carpenters gave their last concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
19By June 1981, the Carpenters had sold over 55 million albums.
20Her sister-in-law is Mary Carpenter
21Her cousin, Mark Rudolph, appears in the Carpenters album "Now & Then".
22The doorbell in her Century City condo chimed the first six notes of "We've Only Just Begun".
23Died a married woman. She was planning to officially sign divorce papers on the day she died.
24Her family started the "Karen A. Carpenter Memorial Foundation", which raised money for research on anorexia nervosa and eating disorders. Today, the title has been changed to "Carpenter Family Foundation"... in addition to eating disorders, the foundation now funds the arts, entertainment and education.
25Her childhood home was 55 Hall Street (in New Haven, Connecticut). She attended school at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Connecticut.
26The Carpenters are still A&M Records' biggest and bestselling artists.
27She befriended Cherry Boone while getting treated for Anorexia. Boone herself was a recovered anorectic.
28In 1970, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" became the Carpenters' first certified Gold single.
29In 1975, "Please Mr. Postman" became the Carpenters' 10th and last certified Gold single.
30The Carpenters' second bestselling album is "Carpenters (the tan album)" - it has sold four million units since its release in 1971.
31In 1998, the RIAA certified that "The Singles 1969 - 1973" had sold 7 million units since its release in 1973. This makes "The Singles 1969 - 1973" the Carpenters' bestselling album ever (as of 2005).
32When she was 17, she went on the "Stillman Diet" with a doctor's guidance, and lost between 20 and 25 pounds
33She was portrayed by a Barbie Doll in Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)
34Had her own personalized driver's license plate which was: KAC3.
35The rock band Sonic Youth, wrote a song about Karen, called "Tunic (Song for Karen)". They also contributed to a 1994 tribute album for the Carpenters.
36Sang "Because We Are In Love" at her 1980 wedding. The song was written by her brother Richard Carpenter and friend John Bettis.
37Her ex-husband Tom Burris was a real-estate developer. At the time they met, Tom was a 39-year-old divorce with an 18-year-old son. Karen was 30 years old.
38After her recovery, she planned to go public about her battle with anorexia.
39Has four nieces and one nephew: Richard Carpenter's five children.
40During her solo endeavor, many of the demos Karen recorded were scrapped and decided not to be used for the album. Despite the rumor that only 11 tracks were completed and/or used, one more is indeed finished. It is a mellowed-out and heartfelt cover of Evie Sands's 1975 #50 Pop charter, "I Love Makin' Love to You". When A&M Records folded in 2000, it and 6 of out of the 8 demos began surfacing on the Internet. Fans who have heard Karen's version of "Makin' Love..." feel it is probably the best song to come out of her solo sessions. Sadly, it is unlikely it will ever official see the light of day, for many believe A&M discarded of the material when it closed its doors. Another song almost completed (even with backing vocals, but lacking orchestration) is a cover of Vicki Sue Robinson's "Don't Try to Win Me Back Again".
41Her cover version of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1964, shortly before Dionne Warwick recorded it that same year. Dusty's was scheduled for release as a single, and potential follow-up to her No. 3 hit "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself". However, it was not until three years later, in 1967, that it finally was released on her album "Where Am I Going?", with the beginning intro cut from its release.
42Went to Bora Bora for her honeymoon.
43Had to have surgery on her ear, during the late 1970s, for impaired hearing.
44Won three Grammy Awards.
45Loved to play softball/baseball and played the drums.
46Won the 1966 "Battle of the Bands" contest at the Hollywood Bowl.
47Her favorite Carpenters song was "I Need to Be In Love".
48Songwriter Peter Cetera wrote "Making Love in the Afternoon" for her.
49Was close to her brother Richard Carpenter.
50Attended and graduated from California State University, Long Beach.
51Performed and sang for Richard Nixon at the White House in 1972.
52Parents are Harold Carpenter and Agnes Carpenter.
53Her funeral took place on February 8, 1983 at the United Methodist Church in Downey, California.
54Ranked #30 on "E!'s 101 Most Shocking Moments In Entertainment History".
55Songwriter Paul Williams wrote "Rainy Days and Mondays" for her.
56Collected Disney memorabilia.
57In 1976, she bought a Century City condominium. she gutted two separate apartments and turned it into one. The address was 2222 Avenue of the Stars. As a housewarming-gift, her mother Agnes Carpenter gave her a collection of leather-bound classic works of literature.
58The Carpenters franchise is very big and popular in Japan.
59The song "Now", recorded in April 1982, was the last song she ever recorded.
60She did not like the song "Superstar" until after hearing her brother's arrangement for it; she then considered it one of her favorites that the Carpenters had done.
61As of April 2004, her brother Richard Carpenter has made four new Carpenters albums since her death. This is possible by using songs that were left off previous albums and making new albums out of them. He also uses songs that Karen recorded and then later arranges music to accompany them.
62Dedicated her solo album to her brother Richard Carpenter.
63Attended and graduated from Downey High School in Downey, California.
64While being treated for anorexia, she embroidered a sign above her hospital bed that read "You win, I gain!".
65Among her friends were Petula Clark, Olivia Newton-John and Dionne Warwick.
66"A Star on Earth - A Star in Heaven" is written in her mausoleum.
67Started out singing in two unsuccessful singing bands called "The Dick Carpenter Trio" and "Spectrum".
68Sang "Bless the Beasts and the Children" with her brother Richard Carpenter at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972).
69Ranked #29 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
70On Thursday, December 11, 2003 she, Agnes and Harold were exhumed from Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California and were moved to Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California. Agnes, Karen and Harold remained in their original caskets. At 12:30pm PST, they were all re-interred and entombed in a private family mausoleum in the Tranquility Gardens section of the cemetery.
71Was married at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the Crystal Room.
72At age 30, she made a solo album with producer Phil Ramone in 1980, titled "Karen Carpenter". However, it was shelved by A&M executive Herb Alpert. 16 years later in 1996, it was finally released.
73In her mid 20s, she was still living with her parents.


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1People never think of entertainers as being human. When you walk out on stage the audience think, "Nothing can go wrong with them." We get sick and we have headaches just like they do. When we are cut, we bleed.
2(on her 1975 collapse) I had been on a crash diet, and I carried on losing weight afterwards, even though I began eating like mad to counteract it. I'd become stricken with nervous tension which was burning away all my energy.
3(on her brother) If he listened to music, I listened to music. It was unconscious, but I idolized him so much and we were so close even though we were three years apart.
4[In 1976] Richard is 30, and I'm 26. But the letters we got when we said we weren't virgins, read as though we had committed a crime. People must have been dumb to have believed that we were that good.
5We had to speak out and tell the truth about us as it is. It's hell living like a pair of angels.
6We spent an awful lot of time trying to achieve perfection as close as we can come. It's the foremost thing in both of our minds, at all times.


All Karen Carpenter pictures



Paul Williams Still Alive2011Documentary performer: "We've Only Just Begun"
The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music1980TV Special performer: "Without A Song"
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV Special performer: "Heartache Tonight"
The Perry Como Christmas Show1974TV Special performer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", "Sleep Well Little Children", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "They Long to Be Close to You/It's Impossible/We've Only Just Begun/And I Love You So/Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes/Yesterday Once More"


The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight1983TV SeriesHerself
Show-Express1981TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop1981TV SeriesHerself
Nationwide1981TV Series documentaryHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1981TV SeriesHerself
The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music1980TV SpecialHerself
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV SpecialHerself
20/201980TV Series documentaryHerself
The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait1978TV SpecialHerself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1978TV SeriesHerself
The Carpenters... Space Encounters1978TV SpecialHerself
Starparade1978TV SeriesHerself - Musician
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
The Carpenters at Christmas1977TV SpecialHerself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHerself (The Carpenters)
Carpenters Very First Television Special1976TV SpecialHerself
The Carpenters Concert: Live at the New London Theatre1976TV MovieHerself - Musician
Die Drehscheibe1975TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Disco1975TV SeriesHerself - Musician
The Perry Como Christmas Show1974TV SpecialHerself
Evening at Pops1974TV Series documentaryHerself
Rock Concert1974TV SeriesHerself
Robert Young with the Young1973TV SpecialHerself (as The Carpenters)
The Special London Bridge Special1972TV MovieHerself (as The Carpenters)
Jerry Visits1972TV SeriesHerself
The Carol Burnett Show1971-1972TV SeriesHerself
Carpenters 1971 BBC Television Special1971TV Short documentaryHerself
In Concert1971TV SeriesHerself
The Carpenters1971TV SpecialHerself
Lulus Party1971TV MovieHerself - The Carpenters (uncredited)
Top of the Pops1971TV SeriesHerself
Make Your Own Kind of Music!1971TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHerself
Carpenters: Close to You1970VideoHerself
New American Bandstand 19651970TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Your All-American College Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Musician

Archive Footage

The Nation's Favourite Carpenters Song2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2014TV SeriesHerself
New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music2013TV MovieHerself - Performer
Paul Williams Still Alive2011DocumentaryHerself
...Sings The Beatles2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Only Yesterday: The Carpenters' Story2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2004-2005TV SeriesHerself
Corporate Ghost2004VideoHerself
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHerself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances1996TV SeriesHerself
Carpenters: Interpretations - A 25th Anniversary Celebration1995Video shortHerself
A Current Affair1993TV SeriesHerself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Carpenters: Yesterday Once More1985VideoHerself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHerself
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