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Saturday, April 26, 2014

81 Groovy Things about Carol Burnett on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Carol Burnett's 8lst birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Carol Creighton Burnett was born on April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas. Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939.

2. She played Buddy Hackett's girlfriend in the 1956-57 NBC sitcom, Stanley.

3. She performed her hit parody number, "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles" (Dulles was Secretary of State at the time), on The Ed Sullivan Show on August 11, 1957.

4. She made her Broadway debut in the 1959 musical, Once Upon a Mattress, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

5. She was the mystery guest on What's My Line? on May 7, 1961.

6. She received an Emmy Award in 1962 for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for The Garry Moore Show, which she was a regular on from 1959 to 1962.

7. She and Garry Moore were the celebrity players on the first prime time episode of Password on January 2, 1962.

8. She appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone on May 25, 1962.

9. She received her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for her appearances in Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (with her friend Julie Andrews), which aired on June 11, 1962, and An Evening with Carol Burnett (with Robert Preston), which aired on February 24, 1963.

10. She appeared on The Jack Benny Program on November 13, 1962, and October 8, 1963.

11. She made her film debut in the 1963 comedy, Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?, which also starred Elizabeth Montgomery and Dean Martin.

12. She played the title role in a TV production of the musical, Calamity Jane, on November 12, 1963.

13. She was the mystery guest on What's My Line? on February 16, 1964.

14. She starred in the Broadway musical, Fade Out - Fade In, which opened on May 26, 1964 and ran for 271 performances.

15. She appeared on The Merv Griffin Show on October 14, 1965.

16. After Lucille Ball was a guest star on her 1966 TV special, Carol + 2 (Zero Mostel was her other guest), she appeared in four episodes of The Lucy Show as "Carol Bradford" in 1966 and 1967. The two women became close friends, and Lucy sent her flowers every year on her birthday.

17. She and Ross Martin (The Wild Wild West) were the celebrity players on Password on October 4, 1966.

18. She was offered her own sitcom called Here's Agnes to be produced by Lucille Ball's Desilu Productions on CBS, but her dream was to have her own variety show - and on September 11, 1967, The Carol Burnett Show debuted.

19. She played Ozark Annie on the NBC sitcom, Get Smart, on November 4, 1967.

20. She played herself in an episode of Here's Lucy on January 27, 1969.

21. She played Sgt. Carol Barnes on her friend Jim Nabors' sitcom, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., on April 18, 1969 (he was a guest on the first show of every season of The Carol Burnett Show).

22. She was the first celebrity to appear on Sesame Street in its debut episode on November 10, 1969. Below is her appearance on the show on November 9, 1970.

23. She and Julie Andrews reunited for a second TV special, Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center, on December 7, 1971.

24. She, Pearl Bailey and Bob Hope appeared on the TV special, Bing Crosby and His Friends, on February 27, 1972.

25. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical/Comedy for the 1972 film, Pete 'n' Tillie.

26. She starred in three TV productions of the musical, Once Upon a Mattress, in 1964, 1972 and 2005, playing Princess Winifred in the first two and Queen Aggravain in the last. Below is a scene from the 1972 version.

27. She was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show on February 21, 1974.

28. She and Vicki Lawrence first played Eunice Higgins and her "Mama" on March 16, 1974, in the recurring comedy sketch, "The Family", on The Carol Burnett Show (below is a "Family" sketch that aired on November 16, 1974).

29. In the summer of 1974, she and Rock Hudson starred together in the musical, I Do! I Do!, at the Dallas Music Hall, the Kennedy Center and The Muny Theater in St. Louis.

30. She appeared in the 1974 Billy Wilder film, The Front Page, with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

31. She received an Emmy nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Drama for 6 Rms Riv Vu, a 1974 TV version of the 1972 Broadway play.

32. She starred in a 1975 TV adaptation of the 1971 Broadway play, Twigs, with Ed Asner and Conrad Bain.

33. She appeared on the CBS variety show, Cher, on May 11, 1975, and Cher appeared on The Carol Burnett Show on September 27, 1975 (in the recurring soap opera spoof, "As the Stomach Turns").

34. On May 21, 1975, she was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theatre where she worked as an usher in 1957.

35. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on December 9, 1975.

36. She spoofed many movies on The Carol Burnett Show, including Gone With the Wind ("Went With the Wind") on November 13, 1976.

37. She and Beverly Sills appeared together in the TV special, Sills and Burnett at the Met, on November 25, 1976.

38. After 11 seasons, 278 episodes and 22 Emmy Awards, The Carol Burnett Show aired its final episode on March 29, 1978.

39. She appeared as a guest on Norman Lear's talk show parody, America 2-Night, on May 22, 1978.

40. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Tulip Brenner in the 1978 Robert Altman film, A Wedding.

41. She starred in the TV movie, The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, which aired on October 25, 1978.

42. She and Dolly Parton appeared in the TV special, Dolly and Carol in Nashville, on February 14, 1979.

43. She appeared in two TV movies in 1979 - Friendly Fire (for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special) and The Tenth Month.

44. She performed on the PBS special, Musical Comedy Tonight, on October 1, 1979.

45. She and Vicki Lawrence appeared as Eunice and Mama on Password Plus in 1980.

46. She appeared in the 1980 Robert Altman film, HealtH, with James Garner and Lauren Bacall.

47. She appeared on The Muppet Show on December 13, 1980.

48. She starred opposite Alan Arkin in the 1981 comedy, Chu Chu and the Philly Flash.

49. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy/Musical for the 1981 film, The Four Seasons.

50. She reprised her role as Eunice in the TV movie, Eunice, which aired on March 15, 1982.

51. She and Rick Springfield were the guest stars on the ABC special, Cheryl Ladd: Scenes From A Special, on March 31, 1982.

52. She, Clint Eastwood and Willie Nelson were featured on The Barbara Walters Summer Special on June 15, 1982.

53. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for Life of The Party: The Story of Beatrice, which aired on September 29, 1982.

54. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for her role as Miss Hannigan in the 1982 film, Annie.

55. She was the guest of honor at an All-Star Party for Carol Burnett, which aired on December 12, 1982, and featured Lucille Ball, Bette Davis and Tom Selleck.

56. She reprised her role as Eunice Higgins on a recurring basis on the 1983-84 NBC sitcom, Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence as "Mama".

57. She and Elizabeth Taylor starred in the 1983 HBO film, Between Friends.

58. She and Sammy Davis, Jr. performed on the 1983 TV special, Texas Star Theater: Opening Night.

59. As a long-time fan of the daytime soap opera, All My Children, she was thrilled when the role of Verla Grubbs - the long-lost illegitimate daughter of Langley Wallingford - was created for her in 1983. She returned to the show as Verla in 1995, 2005 and 2011.

60. She and Plácido Domingo starred in the TV special, Burnett Discovers Domingo, which aired on January 27, 1984.

61. She appeared in two episodes of Magnum, P.I. on February 2, 1984 and January 13, 1988.

62. She played Carlotta in the staged concert of the Sondheim musical, Follies, at Lincoln Center on September 6 and 7, 1985.

63. She starred in the 1986 CBS comedy miniseries, Fresno, with Teri Garr and Gregory Harrison.

64. She appeared in the CBS special, Neil Diamond... Hello Again, on May 25, 1986.

65. She appeared with Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams in the TV special, Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin, on February 10, 1987.

66. She appeared with her daughter Carrie Hamilton in an episode of Fame on April 27, 1987.

67. She starred with Hal Holbrook, Dabney Coleman and Richard Crenna in a TV movie of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite on December 3, 1987.

68. She and Julie Andrews appeared in their third TV special, Julie & Carol: Together Again, which aired on December 13, 1989.

69. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for playing herself on The Larry Sanders Show on August 29, 1992.

70. She starred in the 1992 comedy, Noises Off, with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve.

71. She received a 1996 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for Moon Over Buffalo.

72. She received a 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Helen Hunt's mother in Mad About You (she was also nominated in 1998).

73. She appeared with Walter Matthau and John Stamos in the TV movie, The Marriage Fool, on September 20, 1998.

74. She returned to Broadway in 1999 in the Sondheim revue, Putting It Together.

75. She was a 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree with James Brown, Loretta Lynn, director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

76. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on March 17, 2009.

77. She played Bree's stepmother on Desperate Housewives on April 16, 2006.

78. She played Grandma Maureen in the 2009 film, Post Grad, which also starred Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch.

79. She played Sue Sylvester's mother on Glee on November 23, 2010.

80. She played Victoria's mother on Hot in Cleveland on June 26, 2013.

81. She played McGarrett's Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-0 on November 22, 2013.

1 comment:

Alan Scott said...

She is awesome! It's great to see her still alive and kicking. When will she be on camera next?