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Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character 

Comedienne Carol Burnett's early show business aspirations were to perform in live theater on Broadway, craving the instant gratification from a live audience. Her sensibilities were shaped... See full summary »

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Comedienne Carol Burnett's early show business aspirations were to perform in live theater on Broadway, craving the instant gratification from a live audience. Her sensibilities were shaped by going to "happy" movies in the 1940s and 1950s, the story lines for which made it seem like anything was possible. These movie going experiences were in part a mechanism to escape her difficult home life, which was nonetheless loving. Based on her early work, professionals around her saw her comedic talents and steered her in the direction of stand-up and sketch comedy. Her life in sketch comedy on television, both on The Garry Moore Show (1958) and her own show, The Carol Burnett Show (1967) was one of fun and play acting, which translated to what the audience saw. Her own show was pioneering as she was the first woman to host her own sketch comedy show. Unlike most sketch players, she relished in the interaction with her audience as seen through the Q&A's on her show. One thing she was ... Written by Huggo

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5 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Connections

Features The Carol Burnett Show (1967) See more »

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By the Time I Get to Phoenix
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Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Carol Burnett
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Add Classy to this Woman of Character:Excellent Documentary ****
19 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great entertainer Carol Burnett was highlighted in this wonderful documentary about her life.

Burnett succeeded in all phases of her career because she was always willing to tackle something new and she possesses that down-to-earth charm. She is one of the people. She has no false illusions about herself. Dedicated to her craft, Burnett will always be remembered for the many outstanding characters she gave us during the period of her 11 year television show.

She has coped with an amazing difficult life as a youngster and personal tragedies in her adult life. She knew how to work with people and had a marvelous supporting cast on her television show.


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