Saturday, April 27, 2013

Have A Very Merry Birthday Miss Carol Creighton Burnett!

Carol Creighton Burnett was born on April 26, 1933. Carol is a comedienne extraordinaire and legend. A singer, dancer, actress and writer, Burnett started her career in New York. After becoming a hit on Broadway, Carol moved to Los Angeles and began an eleven-year run on thee iconic and groundbreaking, 'The Carol Burnett Show' which was aired on CBS television from 1967 to 1978.

With roots in vaudeville, The Carol Burnett Show was a variety show combining comedy sketches, song, and dance. The best kinda show in my opinion! 'The comedy sketches ranged from movie parodies to character pieces which featured the many talents of Burnett herself who created and played several well-known and distinctive characters.'

For all you die-hard Lucille Ball fans such as myself here is a neat fact I learned via a source online...

"In 1963, Lucille Ball became a friend and mentor to Burnett, and after having the younger performer guest star on The Lucy Show a number of times, Ball reportedly offered Burnett her own sitcom, to be produced by Desilu. Burnett declined the offer, however, deciding instead to put together a variety show. The two remained close friends until Ball's death in 1989. Ball sent flowers every year on her birthday. When Burnett awoke on the day of her 56th birthday in 1989, she discovered via the morning news that Ball had died. Later that afternoon, the flowers Ball had arranged arrived at Burnett's house, with the note "Happy Birthday, Kid. Love, Lucy."

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