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The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait (1978)



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Cast overview:
Richard Carpenter ... Himself
Karen Carpenter ... Herself
Gene Kelly ... Himself
Georgia Engel ... Herself
Kristy McNichol ... Herself
Jimmy McNichol ... Himself
Peter Pit Peter Pit ... Magician


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19 December 1978 (USA) See more »

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Featured in Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (1997) See more »


The Christmas Waltz
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by The Carpenters
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Memories of A Special Voice
24 November 2018 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Bittersweet is the only way I can think of my memories of Karen Carpenter. She had a voice for the ages that I can only wish she had been here to give us more, but this special tells me she gave us so much. My whole generation realized the great voice she was, as in the 1970's songs her and Richard recorded were already being used at my friends weddings. This show promotes a great Christmas song Karen sings which has become as timeless a song during the holidays as any modern song.

This timeless special features Gene Kelly doing a timeless Irsh Chritmas number, Georgia Engel who had become famous on the Mary Tyle Moore show, and Kristy & Jimmy McNichol who seemed bigger at this time than they would become. Still, this recalls a 1978 time when the world was in an energy crisis but jobs were plentiful and Karen was still with us.

Karen looks so thin & fragile here, and to see her introduce her proud parents on this special to Gene Kelly and us is a small and intimate look at Karen and Richard.

I was in love with Karens voice from the first moment I ever heard it. I only wish now after I attended one Carpenter's concert before Karen died, that I could have had a chance to tell her how much I loved that voice, especially if doing so would have kept her with us longer. She was more amazing than she ever realized. Ironically, she gave us so much but took so little time to become a memory for the ages.

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