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The final 17 years of American singer and musician Karen Carpenter, performed almost entirely by modified Barbie dolls. The first film from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There), Superstar is a hauntingly beautiful biopic that garnered immediate praise among the local film community but quickly received 2 cease-and-desist letters from Mattel, the maker of Barbie, and Karen Carpenter's family. To this day, this movie has not seen further release.

  1. Todd Haynes

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Cynthia Schneider


Top Billed Cast

  1. Merrill Gruver

    Karen (voice)

  2. Michael Edwards

    Michael Edwards

    Richard (voice)

  3. Melissa Brown

    Mother (voice)

  4. Rob LaBelle

    Rob LaBelle

    Dad / Mr. A&M (voice)

  5. Cynthia Schneider

    Dionne Warwick (voice)

Full Cast & Crew

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story


Status Released

Release Information

  • April 30, 1988


    No rating information.

Original Language English

Runtime 0h 43m

Budget -

Revenue -



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