The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball
as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy...
“ She made -and still makes! -people of all ages laugh, yet when she was a kid herself, there was little to laugh about. She is a Texan (like me!) and someone I wish with all my heart to meet. Carol-you're #1! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
“ Right behind her is lovable Bette, who was an absolute hoot in Big Business, one of my favorite films of all time! She also has lenede her voice talents to animation and is a great singer as well! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
“ She is amazing! She is spectacular on SNL and has written the hit film Mean Girls. She is a gem. (I'd like to meet her as well. Actually I want to meet everyone on this list.) ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ She may sometimes be playing serious roles, but she is hilarious in her own right! If you watch The Devil Wears Prada, you will love to hate this woman as Miranda Preestly! She is what Hollywood should be like. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and later enrolled at Wayne State University...
“ Lily is the costar to Bette in Big Business (see above), and ever since I saw her play Bette's slighly neurotic sis Rose, I giggled along with Lily. She has amazing quotes as well as talent :) ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Bernadette Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Queens, New York City. Peters is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards...
“ You may think I;m wrong when I say Bernadette is hysterical, but then you're wrong. She is! I watched my favorite film Annie(1982) the other day (it also has my #1, Carol Burnett, in it), and I am amazed at how truly funny (in a dumb way) she can be. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ Another funny Bette for ya! Bette Davis is the epitome of sassy femme comedian...lying all the time and complaining about Hollywood. I don't blame her, people seriously over look this one. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler
. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first involved with sketch comedy when she joined the group My Mother's Flea Bag when she was attending Boston College...
“ She is that trashy mother in Mean Girls, and a regular on SNL. Love her! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock
(née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. Sandra grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister...
“ She is elegant,beautiful, and hilarious. I hate Jesse for two-timing her! Sandy is so funny-esp. In: The Blind Side, miss Congeniality 1 &2. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ She will forever be Lucy Ricardo in our hearts. I love Lucy! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ She has played so many roles: an ogre princess, Mary, a bad teacher...you can't help but laugh with charming Cameron Diaz! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Famed actress, comedian, singer, and dancer Vicki Lawrence has appeared in television shows, and in nightclubs. Her career included shows with such popular actors as Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway. Lawrence was born Vicki Ann Axelrad in Inglewood, California, to Ann Alene (Loyd) and Howard Axelrad...
“ Carol Burnett's partner-in-crime and laughs, Vicki Lawrence shines! She was the only good thing about hannah Montana, playing the zany recurring character Mamaw. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Watching her you cannot help but laugh! Whoopi is wonderful in anything she has done (see: Sister Act 1 and 2, Fatal Beauty!) ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
“ You can call her, ofensive, trashy, vulgar,anti-Catholic...but I will call her hilarious! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Chelsea Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, to a Mormon mother, Rita (Stoecker), who was born in Germany, and an American-born Jewish father, Seymour Handler. She was the youngest of six children. In 2002, Chelsea was one of the stars of Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly
. Chelsea got her start doing stand-up comedy...
“ I make sure I never miss Chelsea Lately, her show, because she is so darn funny. If you are not one for TV (and who isn't?) read "Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me." You'll be laughing in no time. ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare Theatre - Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Jessey Love-Wadkins (formerly known...
“ Funny, funny funny! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before settling in Rochester...
“ Called Kristen Pig in her childhood, Kristen Wiig is great at laughing it off...maybe that's why we love her so much! Rock on Kristen! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent. Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore
and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls
“ Hilarious on hot in Cleveland...Betty White is hilarious! I only put her here cause I didn't think of her before! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched TV nearly 24 hours a day...
“ Rosie actually used to be funny...but her comedy has gotten worse and worse! ” - anastasia-cessano-writes
Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show business...
“ By what stretch of the imagination is this woman funny?
Really, America??? I guess she is OK on the D-List but I understand why no designers lend HER clothes.... ” - anastasia-cessano-writes