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Cynthia Gibb was gorgeous as Karen


I just saw this movie on TV. I loved Cynthia Gibb in the role - she was so pretty at 25! Richard Carpenter must have approved her casting, since the least we know is that he was a total control freak. It seems this Made-For-TV biopic was answerable to Richard - as you would expect. Cynthia lip-synchs the famous songs really well. There IS a similarity between Cynthia Gibb and Karen Carpenter, so it was excellent casting. And Cynthia did a wonderful job portraying the fatal vulnerability of Karen. The intensely sad story of Karen Carpenter's decline and passing may never be fully - or satisfactorily - explained.

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Cynthia Gibb was terrible as Karen Carpenter and it was a very poor casting choice.

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Well at least I gave my reasons for liking Cynthia in the Karen C Story. You just flatly contradicted my opinion without giving any reasons for doing so. Autocratic or what? You must be tough to live with, is all I can say.

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Well at least I gave my reasons for liking Cynthia in the Karen C Story. You just flatly contradicted my opinion without giving any reasons for doing so. Autocratic or what? You must be tough to live with, is all I can say.

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She was cute.


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I like Cynthia Gibb, but I thought she was kind of an odd choice for Karen.

She looks nothing like her, but what was most startling was she was nowhere near thin enough to portray the unfortunately-anorexic Karen.


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no-one unless they were actually suffering from the same affliction could have looked as thin as karen

karen was dangerously underweight (which cause complications for the heart) which is why she died.

To ask any actress to lose that amount of weight would have been a completely unreasonable and dangerous request.

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Actually, the weight loss was a contributing factor to the stress put on her heart, but Karen was also taking PRESCRIBED thyroid medication to help boost her metabolism, ipecac to induce vomiting (which can cause hernias, ruptured stomach, acid burns in the throat, and put stress on the heart due to the decrease levels of potassium), 60-80 laxatives (she ate them like candy! - which can cause dehydration, potassium levels to drop, and colitis), and water pills (which can cause a HUGE potassium drop and cause heart failure because potassium is one of the main things you need to keep your heart beating). On top of everything, she had moved back in with her parents after "finishing" her therapy sessions in New York (bad move!), and was battling depression over the failure of her marriage - but that morning her divorce was supposed to be finalized, so she was probably looking toward a happier future. Then again, she was approximately 89 lbs when she died, so ALL of the things she was taking to keep her weight down (when she was barely eating) all contributed to her death. And sadly, I think Karen was just tired and worn down and her poor body just gave up.

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she was approximately 89 lbs when she died

The coroner's report said she weighed 108 lbs.

ALL of the things she was taking to keep her weight down (when she was barely eating) all contributed to her death.

She was not taking anything when she died, according to her therapist. Her parents said she was eating like a horse in the days leading up to her death.

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