Few entertainers in any field anywhere have endeared themselves to the American
public as overwhelmingly, as sweetly as Carol Burnett. Burnett has played everything
from nervous klutz to earth-mother, has sung everything from Tarzan yells to Sondheim
anthems, has conquered television, triumphed on stage, written a best-selling
memoir, as well as the Broadway hit Hollywood Arms.
Burnett's melancholy charlady is a comedic gem as unforgettable as the best of
Chaplin. Her Scarlett O'Hara opposite Harvey Korman's Rhett Butler, her hilarious
Norma Desmond, her dim, gum-chewing Miss Wiggins, and her disarmingly straightforward
Everywoman before a studio audience are the stuff of television history. "The
Carol Burnett Show" won a total of 22 Emmy Awards during its eleven years
on CBS, and Burnett herself has hardly stood still since then.