Thomas James Burris & Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter and Thomas James Burris
1980 - 1983

Karen Carpenter and Thomas James Burris  


Thomas James Burris and Karen Carpenter were married for 2 years before Karen Carpenter died aged 32.


Thomas James Burris is an American.

American Singer Karen Carpenter was born Karen Anne Carpenter on 2nd March, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA and passed away on 4th Feb 1983 Downey, California, USA aged 32. She is most remembered for The Carpenters. Her zodiac sign is Pisces.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1980 - 31st Aug 1980 8 months, 3 days
Married31st Aug 1980 - 4th Feb 1983 2 years, 5 months
Total 1980 - 4th Feb 1983 3 years, 1 month

(31 August 1980 - 4 February 1983) (her death)
After a whirlwind romance, she married real-estate developer Thomas James Burris on August 31, 1980, in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Burris, divorced with an 18-year-old son, was nine years her senior. A new song performed by Carpenter at the ceremony, "Because We Are in Love", was released in 1981. Burris concealed from Carpenter, who desperately wanted children, the fact that he had undergone a vasectomy. Their marriage did not survive the deceit. The marriage ended after 14 months.
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. It is very likely that Tom's name was changed due to a gag order that the Carpenter family put in place to keep Burris from profiting off his brief marriage to Karen. In her divorce settlement Karen was going to give him USD $1,000,000. In her own words "He can have the million and then it's good riddance!"

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Relationship Timeline

October, 1981 - Breakup

31st August, 1980 - Marriage

1980 - Hookup

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GARY RUBINJul 27, 2014

its a shame she passed away back in febuary 1983 she was a wonderfull looking woman its a shame she had beleema if she were still here she would have been 64 years old she was great singer as well they just dont have that kind of sound today in the 21st centry

SueFeb 27, 2009

You threw your wedding ring into her casket when you went to her funeral, she cheated you of your divorce by dieing - were you planning to take her for half her money in settlements? you`re a bad man.

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