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'This Time Together,' by Carol Burnett
sfgate ^ | April 7 | David Wiegand

Posted on 04/09/2010 10:15:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Carol Burnett's new memoir, "This Time Together," is anything but a tell-all book. In fact, it's barely a "tell-some" book.

But if anyone expects the 76-year-old TV legend to reveal herself as a back-stabbing, raging control freak who fought and clawed her way to the top and has nothing good to say about anyone she ever worked with, they really haven't been paying attention.

On the page, Burnett comes across as the same plucky, down-to-earth, good ol' Texas gal we've known for years.

Her first memoir, "One More Time," written in 1986, focused on her early years in Texas and her career evolution through the early '80s. The children of alcoholics, she and her younger sister were raised mostly by their grandmother, whom they called Nanny.

After a brief stint at UCLA, Burnett went off to New York, found early TV fame on the landmark "Garry Moore Show" and became a star with the off-Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress....."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: book; carolburnett; jpb; memoir; texas

1 posted on 04/09/2010 10:15:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 04/09/2010 10:17:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Carol Burnett came from a time when America’s pop culture stars had dignity and class. And they were far more funny than the current crap - I mean crop - of pop stars today.


3 posted on 04/09/2010 10:18:35 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: JoeProBono

Her “Gone with the Wind” was one of the great comedy sketches in history.


4 posted on 04/09/2010 10:19:06 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: JoeProBono

I loved her variety show. Not much on TV to watch anymore.


5 posted on 04/09/2010 10:19:42 AM PDT by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: JoeProBono

I thought she was pretty good in Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In.”


6 posted on 04/09/2010 10:19:57 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: JoeProBono

Conway and Korman, one of the greatest comedy duos of all time.


7 posted on 04/09/2010 10:21:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

That was a great TV show and a really classy lady. I saw the cover of the book and Carol still looks great at 76. Her and Lucille Ball are women comedians that come from a time when people could make you laugh without using the ‘F’ word all of the time. I think I’d be shocked to ever hear Carol Brunette swear. I’m happy I was able to “spend a little time together” with her over the years...


8 posted on 04/09/2010 10:21:46 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: dfwgator
Carol Burnett Show outtakes - Tim Conway's Elephant Story
9 posted on 04/09/2010 10:22:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: iowamark
Carol's portrayal of Norma Desmond was a classic as well.

10 posted on 04/09/2010 10:23:16 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: iowamark

11 posted on 04/09/2010 10:24:16 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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I have damn near 100 channels on my dish and it’s a shame that (often times) the best thing on television are the Carol Burnett and/or Dean Martin 30 minute infomercials.


12 posted on 04/09/2010 10:26:08 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: dfwgator

“Conway and Korman, one of the greatest comedy duos of all time”.

...Korman especially! His timing is perfect!


13 posted on 04/09/2010 10:26:57 AM PDT by albie
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To: Ken522

I don’t remember Carol Burnett on Laugh In, she may have been a guest from time to time though.


14 posted on 04/09/2010 10:27:47 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (END THE WAR ON LIBERTY!)
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To: JoeProBono

Carol Burnett - Gone With The Wind Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aRMZ4ePmMM

Carol Burnett - Gone With The Wind Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjhtxfSMIWk


15 posted on 04/09/2010 10:28:08 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: fieldmarshaldj

16 posted on 04/09/2010 10:28:31 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I never thought either she or Lucille Ball was particularly funny, but I guess the humor was wholesome enough. . BTW, how did her first husband get along after she dumped him?


17 posted on 04/09/2010 10:28:39 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: albie

And Conway was so good at improvising he’d regularly make the other cast members laugh hysterically in the middle of the sketches.


18 posted on 04/09/2010 10:28:55 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

I recently saw (again) the Law & Order: SVU episode she did. I highly recommend it.


19 posted on 04/09/2010 10:31:56 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

20 posted on 04/09/2010 10:33:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dfwgator

In those days, that was LIVE television. Big difference, lost on most these days.


21 posted on 04/09/2010 10:34:01 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: PghBaldy

22 posted on 04/09/2010 10:34:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I completely agree!!!


23 posted on 04/09/2010 10:39:15 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Nonstatist
If I remember correctly, Carol and Joe lived next door to each other for a while after their divorce. This is from his 1991 death notice:

"Mr. Hamilton is survived by his third wife, the former Lee Troggio, whom he married earlier this year; eight children from his first marriage to the former Gloria Hartley: Kathleen, of Sacramento, Calif., Dana, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Joseph, of Los Angeles; Jeffrey, of Poway, Calif.; John, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Nancy, of Sidona, Ariz., and Judith and Jennifer, both of San Diego; three daughters from his marriage to Miss Burnett: Carrie, Jody and Erin, all of Los Angeles; two sisters, Joanne Bellanger, of Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Cronin, of San Rafael, Calif., and 11 grandchildren."

24 posted on 04/09/2010 10:40:00 AM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: JoeProBono

Did she have a daughter that committed suicide a number of years ago? I thought I had heard something about it, but I am just not sure.


25 posted on 04/09/2010 10:40:52 AM PDT by HOYA97 (Hoya Saxa = What Rocks)
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To: JoeProBono
I watched that episode...it was rather odd for her yet she pulled the character off well.

Sorry it was Nora Desmond...here's a taste of it, Carol in Gloria Swanson's role of Nora Desmond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKfBCitChcg
26 posted on 04/09/2010 10:41:38 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: HOYA97
I believe it was her son who committed suicide...her daughter is alive and well.
27 posted on 04/09/2010 10:43:45 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: HOYA97
Erin Hamilton is Carol Burnett’s Daughter

Erin Hamilton Biography Erin Kate Hamilton was born on August 14, 1968. Her parents are Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton. Up until she was 11 years old, she spent Friday night watching her mother tape the Carol Burnett Show. She recalls:

“I wanted to be up there on that stage. I can’t act for shit and never wanted to,” she adds, laughing. “I was much more interested in music.”

Erin formed her own band, As Is, and was also the front woman for the L.A. band Komba Kalla. The bands eventually broke up and she married and had a child. She recorded Dream Weaver and it became an instant hit amongst dance audiences everywhere.

Erin’s life would be turned upside down when, in 2001, she found herself in a new relationship with a woman, Tanya Sanchez. A few months later, Tanya committed suicide in Erin’s home. Erin spiraled downward, trying to cope with what had happened and ended up in rehab. In January 2002, her older sister, actress Carrie Hamilton, died of lung cancer. Erin has been sober since 2002.

28 posted on 04/09/2010 10:45:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SouthDixie
Son - what son?

at the White House in 2005

29 posted on 04/09/2010 10:50:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Nonstatist
I never thought either she or Lucille Ball was particularly funny [...]

Of course, there's no accounting for taste, but: Compared to what other comediennes?

Regards,

30 posted on 04/09/2010 10:53:03 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: HOYA97
Did she have a daughter that committed suicide a number of years ago? I thought I had heard something about it, but I am just not sure.

Erin's partner/girlfriend committed suicide at their home. Carrie died of cancer.

31 posted on 04/09/2010 10:53:10 AM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: JoeProBono
I need to google before I post...I must be thinking of someone else
Eldest girl 'Carrie Hamilton,' an actress and former teen substance abuser, tragically died of lung and brain cancer at age 38.
32 posted on 04/09/2010 10:56:25 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: SouthDixie

Mary Tyler Moore’s only child, a son, committed suicide.


33 posted on 04/09/2010 10:57:59 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: beaversmom

I’ll have to take a look at this after work.


34 posted on 04/09/2010 10:58:37 AM PDT by MissNomer
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To: SouthDixie

I also enjoyed her parody of Bette Davis’ “A Stolen Life” (which she called A Swiped LIfe). It was about the twin sisters who go in a rowboat, and one comes back after the other one dies (or is killed) and assumes her identity.


35 posted on 04/09/2010 10:59:40 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: PghBaldy

Thank you.


36 posted on 04/09/2010 11:01:58 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

That curtain-dress was designed by Bob Mackie.


37 posted on 04/09/2010 11:02:34 AM PDT by JeffChrz (Dr. Atlas will shrug.)
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To: Maverick68
I have damn near 100 channels on my dish and it’s a shame that (often times) the best thing on television are the Carol Burnett and/or Dean Martin 30 minute infomercials.

Mrs. OldPossum watches TV and I have suggested that she get cable or satellite. Your post backs up what she told me.

To quote an FCC chairman back in the 50s, "TV is a vast wasteland" or something like that.

38 posted on 04/09/2010 11:06:04 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: SouthDixie

Carol’s portrayal of Norma Desmond was a classic as well.

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OMGosh, beyond classic! And Korman as Max was genius.


39 posted on 04/09/2010 11:19:38 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“I saw it in the window, and I just had to have it!”


40 posted on 04/09/2010 11:31:56 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: JoeProBono

A time of real actors with class that loved their country.


41 posted on 04/09/2010 11:58:03 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: OldPossum

TV series on DVD is a great way to deal with nothing good on TV.


42 posted on 04/09/2010 12:48:47 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: sunny48

43 posted on 04/09/2010 4:50:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Carol Burnett is a lady and a class act as well as one hell of a comedienne. Her show with Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lionel Wagoneer and the rest of her zany bunch was from a different time and place in America.


44 posted on 04/09/2010 5:37:55 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: dangerdoc

Good suggestion, dangerdoc. She is fond of the criminal shows and some of those series may be available at Costco or Sam’s. Thanks.


45 posted on 04/09/2010 5:39:36 PM PDT by OldPossum
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46 posted on 04/09/2010 5:41:16 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Too bad that she’s a lib.

100% supporter of Dianne Feinstein and the DNC.


47 posted on 06/13/2010 2:09:13 AM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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