Carol Burnett

(Carol Creighton Burnett)

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
  • Born: April 26, 1933
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Comedian, Singer, Writer

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Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking television variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS. It was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles. She has also appeared on various talk shows and as a panelist on game shows.

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Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.
As far as sitcoms go, I thought Jenna Elfman in 'Dharma and Greg' was a wonderful physical comedienne who had great timing.
Because nobody goes through life without a scar. Life
But I didn't ask to have somebody nose around in my private life. I didn't even ask to be famous. All I asked was to be able to earn a living making people laugh. Life ;Fame
But I don't begrudge anybody, because I know how hard it is to have that dream and to make it happen, whether or not it's just to put a roof over your head and food on the table. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away. Time ;Fame
Comedy is tragedy - plus time. Time
Everybody I know who is funny, it's in them. You can teach timing, or some people are able to tell a joke, though I don't like to tell jokes. But I think you have to be born with a sense of humor and a sense of timing. Humor
Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.
I can't tell a joke to save my soul. It's just not my thing, though I love to listen to jokes. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I do the 'New York Times' crossword puzzle every morning to keep the old grey matter ticking. Morning
I don't eat much meat, fish, or poultry.
I don't have false teeth. Do you think I'd buy teeth like these?
I had a good loud voice and I wasn't afraid to be goofy or zany.
I had it in my contract with CBS, a very weird clause that was never written before and certainly not since, that if I wanted to do a variety show within the first five years of the contract, CBS would have to put it on for 30 shows.
I have a great memory.
I liked myself better when I wasn't me.
I love the writing. I love the idea of typing and seeing it on the computer and printing it out myself and, you know, moving sentences around. I like that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never regretted turning down anything, I never regretted losing a job because I always felt something else was out there.
I think the hardest thing to do in the world, show-business-wise, is write comedy.
I very much enjoyed doing 'Law & Order,' playing a killer - that was fun, and they had a family feel around the set, so it was a happy show to do even though the subject matter was quite the opposite. Families, Children & Parenting
I wanted to be on Broadway, but in musical comedy.
I was kind of shy as a kid. I was a pretty good student. I was a wallflower, or nerd, if you will.
I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman, and a guard burst in with a gun! Now I only do it under controlled circumstances.
I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know me.
I'm glad I was born when I was. My time was the golden age of variety. If I were starting out again now, maybe things would happen for me, but it certainly would not be on a variety show with 28 musicians, 12 dancers, two major guest stars, 50 costumes a week by Bob Mackie. The networks just wouldn't spend the money today. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
I'm not always optimistic. You wouldn't have all cylinders cooking if you were always like Mary Poppins.
I'm really not that funny in real life! But I am the best audience one could find. I love to laugh. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Humor
In '57, I got a job at the Blue Angel nightclub, and a gentleman named Ken Welch wrote all my material for me. I lived at a place called the Rehearsal Club that was actually the basis for a play called Stage Door.
It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad that we don't have a system where the losing team has to pay the winning team's lawyers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.
It's also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others.
My childhood was rough, we were poor and my parents were alcoholics, but nobody was mean. I knew I was loved. We were on welfare, but I never felt abandoned or unloved.
My favorite is doing the television show, as a variety show, every week. If the show wasn't that great one week, we could always come back and apologize, you know?
My grandmother and I followed my mother here, to a house a block north of Hollywood Boulevard but a million miles away from Hollywood, if you know what I mean. We would hang out behind the ropes and look at the movie stars arriving at the premieres.
My grandmother and I saw an average of eight movies a week, double features, second run. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My grandmother and I would go see movies, and we'd come back to the apartment - we had a one-room apartment in Hollywood - and I would kind of lock myself in this little dressing room area with a cracked mirror on the door and act out what I had just seen. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My interesting diet tips are eat early and don't nosh between meals. I mean, I can pack it away.
On the good days, my mother would haul out the ukulele and we'd sit around the kitchen table - it was a cardboard table with a linoleum top - and sing.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Life ;Motivation
Originally, I came from Texas, and we lived on - I guess you'd call it welfare, what we called relief.
We don't stop going to school when we graduate. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Well, I don't know how astute I am, but I did want to be a journalist when I was growing up.
When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go. Inspiration
Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. Life ;Communication & Communications
You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You know, one wonderful thing that came out of my Enquirer experience is that, in my case, it was ruled tabloids are magazines. Which means they didn't have the protection that a newspaper has.