This old fart’s top entertainment story of the day is about about one of my favorite celebrities, the beautiful and immensely talented Carol Burnett. Carol’s not only one of my all time favorite celebrities, she’s one of my all time favorite people. At the heyday of her career, she was a household name in countries all around the world, but most people didn’t really know all that much about her. So here are 10 things you likely never knew about Carol Burnett.
10 Things About Carol Burnett
1. Carol was born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, and has remained a diehard ‘southern girl’ to this day.
2. She moved in with her grandmother, Mabel Eudora White, in Hollywood, California after her parents divorced. She attended Hollywood High School before enrolling at UCLA, where as an aspiring playwright she studied theater arts and English. She left UCLA early to go to New York City and pursue her dreams of acting.
3. Carol’s mother was an alcoholic and did her best to make Carol feel inadequate, abusing and demeaning her while belittling her ambitions. She often told Carol that she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress, and the words “You can always write no matter what you look like”, still haunts her memories.
Carol Burnett’s career was helped by a complete stranger
4. She got a lucky break when a complete stranger approached her after seeing her perform at a party. The man was so impressed with her talent that he offered her $1,000 to fund her dream of moving to New York. The stranger gave her three conditions: that she had to repay him, never reveal his identity, and pay the kindness forward once she was famous herself. She took a chance, accepted his check, moved to New York, repaid him, and has continued to pay it forward to this day.
5. Carol’s husband, Joe Hamilton, was the executive producer for her show, wrote the show’s theme, and was the one who came up with the idea to have her begin the show by taking questions from the audience. They divorced in 1984.
6. Carol discovered Vicki Lawrence through a fan letter sent by her when the high school student and aspiring actress wrote her a fan letter, and included an article about how the two looked alike.
Carol Burnett’s dress is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
7. The Carol Burnett Show’s now infamous parody, “Went with the Wind” featured Carol playing Southern belle Starlet O’Hara while wearing a hilariously over-the-top curtain dress. That dress was designed by legendary designer Bob Mackie, who later donated it to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
8. Her daughter was Princess Leah in Star Wars. Carrie Hamilton was not only Carol’s daughter, she was so moved by her mother’s life that she wrote a Broadway show ‘Hollywood Arms’ about it.
9. In 2005 Carol was recognized as “one of America’s most cherished entertainers” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment.”
10. She has her own Youtube channel
Yep, this old fart his old fart sure loves Carol Burnett, and I reckon that I’ll always owe her for the laughter in me that she set free.
Dang Carol Burnett…
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