Known In The '70s For: Being half of the brother-sister duo The Carpenters, who scored massive hits with "We've Only Just Begun" and "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
Karen Carpenter came up as a jazz drummer who also did vocals, but as the group became more successful she was persuaded to stand front and center to sing. And she looked good up there—really good, with a toothy, girl-next-door grin—but there remains something sexy about a girl who knows how to break it down on the traps. Though the Carpenters' big singles continue to haunt easy-hits radio to this day, Karen herself was sadly short-lived. She suffered from anorexia, and died at 32 of heart failure brought on by the disease.