The Karen Carpenter Story is a TV movie that aired on CBS on January 1, 1989. It was directed by Joseph Sargent. Richard Carpenter served as a producer for the film as well as the musical score. It was very popular in the ratings; it was the highest-rated two-hour TV movie of the year and the third highest rated such program on any network during the 1980s. Although the film's attempts to show the life of Karen Carpenter are usually accurate, there are a few minor dramatic factual inaccuracies.
Tom Burris, Karen's husband, didn't have the same name as stated in the film nor did they divorce. Karen was still married to Tom ( Bob ) and was due to sign the final divorce papers the day she died.
Karen is shown reacting to a Billboard Magazine article that describes her as "chubby". No such article was ever written about Karen. However, there was an article that claimed Richard to be "chubby."
A poster for the Carpenters album Made in America is shown on various tours throughout the 1970 - 1972 time frame in the film, while the album was not released until 1981.
The film also gives the impression that Karen did not make a solo album in 1979. She did, but it was not released until 1996.
As Karen is walking up the stairs in her parents' house in Downey, California, to go to bed on Feb. 3, 1983, her mother, Agnes, says to Karen; I love you. This probably did not occur and was put in the movie to try to give it some kind of happy......