| CAROL BURNETT...The
queen of TV revue comedy was born in Texas, but she grew up in a
less than glamorous section of Hollywood, raised by her grandmother.
On one of those sun drenched days, she was given $1000 by an anonymous
benefactor who saw her perform at a society party. His condition
was that Carol go to New York and launch her professional career and promise
to repay the money by helping others if she became a success. And
we all know what happened.
With those expressive eyes and that famous prominent chin, Carol’s popularity on TV attests to her unique gifts as a multi-dimensional, wacky yet poignant comedienne and actor. She has enjoyed the kind of career that most performers only dream of, moving easily from stage to television, from feature films to variety and music specials. The Carol Burnett Show brought us all so many wonderful memories, like those great all-stop-out parodies of Hollywood films which catapulted her series into a top-rated show for twelve years.
There isn’t enough space to detail all of Carol’s
awards and accomplishments. But we’d like to mention just a few;
as a regular on The Garry Moore Show; as Princess Winifred, the Woebegone,
in Once Upon A Mattress, Off-Broadway, on Broadway and twice on TV; her
first movie, Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed? with Dean Martin; other films,
Pete’n Tillie, The Front Page and Annie.. In the 70’s she returned
to the stage in I Do, I Do, with Rock Hudson, and Same Time, Next Year
with Dick Van Dyke. Carol went back to Broadway in 2000 in Stephen
Sondheim’s revue, Putting It Together. The first of her several specials
was with Julie Andrews, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, followed by Carol
and Company with Robert Preston and Carol + 2. Many Emmys, of course,
and Golden Globes and Peoples Choice and well you get the idea. We
also need to mention all she’s done for dancers through the years, making
them an imporetant part of every show and treating them with the utmost
respect and admiration. We welcome Carol to the GYPSY AWARDS roster.